Now with two conference wins under their belt, it might be time to take a closer look at the UCLA Bruins rotation. The team has begun to take shape, so who should be getting the minutes?
It’s clear that when UCLA is at its best, the team gets contributions from a wide variety of players, not just 25-plus from one. If the Bruins are going to keep defenses guessing and win close games, they’ll need to have a lot of players in rhythm and ready to strike offensively.
Ben Howland’s bench runs nine players deep, with temporary injuries to Travis Wear and Joshua Smith allotting more minutes to Anthony Stover and Brendan Lane. Unfortunately, Stover and Lane represent a significant frontcourt drop-off, leaving Howland thin at talent when his big men get hurt.
To be fair to Howland, a complete overhaul of each player’s minutes is unnecessary. However, they could use some minor tweaking, based on recent performances. To be clear, when I suggest that a player’s minutes have to be reduced, it won’t always be because of poor performance. More minutes for other players have to come from somewhere.
With that in mind, here are six Bruins who should see their minutes either go up or down.