UCLA Basketball: What Happens If the UCLA Bruins Don't Deliver in 2012-13?

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UCLA Basketball: What Happens If the UCLA Bruins Don't Deliver in 2012-13?

Shabazz Muhammad announced on ESPNU that he is going to play his college ball at UCLA.

How happy was Ben Howland when he heard this?

As opposed to continuing the succession of one unsightly story after another, Muhammad's decision has set off a celebration among Bruins' fans and followers.

Even inside the illustrious program that was created by the unparalleled success of John Wooden, this declaration by the 6'6" teenage forward from Vegas officially launched the expectations for the 2012-13 season into the stratosphere.

And why not?

For the last four seasons, UCLA basketball has had more ups and downs than a rough ride at Mountain Mountain.

Since 2008, the Bruins have lost 52 total games, missed the postseason all together twice and spent the 2011-12 season like college hoops' drifters, staggering throughout Southern California playing "home games" at a variety of less-than-legendary locations.

In the middle of all of the revelry, some thoughts comes to mind:

  • What if the Bruins don't deliver in the 2012-13 season?
  • What are the outcomes if a collection of wet-behind-the-ears freshmen don't instantly turn things around?
  • What will happen if, unlike Kentucky did just days ago, UCLA doesn't go all they way?

Even though I am a glass-half-full guy from head-to-toe, here is a quick look at what may happen if this story doesn't have a storybook ending.

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