UCLA Basketball: Can the Bruins Live Up to the Build-Up in 2012-13?

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UCLA Basketball: Can the Bruins Live Up to the Build-Up in 2012-13?
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UCLA Basketball has muddled through a three-season malaise.

They have survived a major media expose (Sports Illustrated), a season without a home game (LA Times) and missed the NCAA Tournament two of three years (ESPN).

Ben Howland did not give up on the program, the players or, most importantly, recruiting.

Before it was too late, Howland and his staff hit the motherlode (ESPN).

They not only signed Shabazz Muhammad, the top perimeter player in the Class of  2012, but also Kyle Anderson, Tony Parker and Jordan Adams.

Hope and anticipation turned into overnight championship expectation and assurance. By gaining this remarkable recruiting haul, the CBB hype-machine kicked into instant overdrive.

Looking ahead:

  • Will the hype prove to be too heavy of a weight to carry through this coming season?
  • Is it championship or bust in Westwood?
  • Will they flourish or flounder this year?

Here are five challenges that Howland and his team need to successfully face if they are going to live up to the build-up in 2012-13.

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