Photo credit: AP Photo – Mark J. Terrill
POST-GAME ANALYSIS — It seems as if the Bruins live and die with Reeves Nelson (above, center). He missed the previous four games and UCLA went 1-3. He returned today and led the Bruins to a relatively easy six-point victory while outplaying Williams, the Freshman of the Year. Williams needed 15 shots to score 14 points. He also had seven rebounds. Meanwhile Nelson finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, both game-highs.
The Bruins got a big lift from seniors Michael Roll and Nikola Dragovic, who each scored 18 points. Not sure if UCLA can go on a three-game win streak and win the conference tourney title, but it looked very solid today.
STATS — Click here.
IT’S OVER — UCLA 75-69.
WILLIAMS THREE-POINTER? — Can’t believe coach Sean Miller wanted freshman F Derrick Williams to shoot a three-pointer after Miller used Arizona’s last timeout. Williams had taken 13 treys all season and made just four. UCLA 70-65. at 36.4 seconds.
HILL IS IMPRESSIVE — Arizona freshman F Solomon Hill has a future. The kid is 6-6, but he looks like he’s 6-8 and he can dribble and finish at the rim. UCLA 68-63.
WINDING DOWN — If Arizona is going to make a move, it better do it now. This could be Wise’s time to take over. He’s the Cats’ only senior. UCLA 66-61 at 3:13.
WISE ARRIVES — Arizona’s Nic Wise has been quiet since scoring 10 points in the first half. He finally got loose for a rebound against UCLA’s halfcourt defense. UCLA 61-57.
HONEYCUTT FOULED OUT — UCLA freshman F Tyler Honeycutt has fouled out which is a big blow for the Bruins. He’s a long, rangy defender on the perimeter. UCLA 58-55 at 8:10.
POLL RESULTS — Most posters felt this game would be the closest of the four played today. Seventy-one percent picked Arizona and it looks like the Cats are slowing taking control of the game. UCLA 58-54.
TIMEOUT UCLA — The Wildcats are running. They’ve got a small streak going and Howland wants to stop momentum with a timeout. UCLA 55-51 at 9:18.
BACK TO THE GAME — Took a little lunch break with the Dawgman.com guys and Fox Sports’ Michael Eaves. Back at the laptop for more blogging. UCLA 55-46 at 10:37.
BUBBLE WATCH — Forgot to include a story from Bud Withers who summed up the conference tournament consequences from a UW perspective.
HALFTIME — UCLA 37-33.
BUBBLE WATCH — Memphis lost 66-65, which might knock them out of the tournament.
LEE LEAVING FOR NBA? — There’s a rumor floating around Staples Center that UCLA sophomore G Malcolm Lee will opt early for the NBA draft. I’m sure news like that just makes coach Ben Howland cringe. UCLA 29-23 at 4:58.
BUBBLE WATCH — Georgetown beat Syracuse. Not sure how much that would help the Huskies strength of schedule, but just thought I’d note it. I’ll also do a little more bubble watching and updating.
NOT A NELSON FAN — I don’t know about Nelson. He battles and plays hard, but his body language at times is awful. UCLA 19-15.
NEXT SEASON’S FAVORITES — If you believe the pundits, we’re looking at the two best teams next season. I believe that about Arizona. Not sure about UCLA.
PRO-WILDCATS CROWD — It’s amazing. Westwood is 13 miles away and there’s only a smattering of Bruins fans in the building. They have a horrible reputation for not traveling and supporting their team and it appears to be true. Meanwhile, Arizona has outnumbered them just slightly. Still, that’s a feat considering the Wildcats fans had to get on an airplane for this one. UCLA 15-11.
FIRST TIMEOUT — Not sure what’s wrong with Arizona. They’re my darkhorse pick to do some damage in this tournament and they’ve started flat. UCLA F Reeves Nelson, who missed the past four games because of a left eye injury, is playing. His goggles broke and he’s having problems with them so he’s a little frustrated. UCLA 7-2.
March 11, 2010 at 12:19 PM
The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.