UCLA Basketball: 6 Players Who Must Step Up for Bruins This Season

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UCLA Basketball: 6 Players Who Must Step Up for Bruins This Season
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The pressure will be on Shabazz Muhammad (right) and UCLA this upcoming season.

Thanks to a very impressive recruiting class that coach Ben Howland and his staff reined in this past spring, the expectations for the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team are through the roof for the upcoming 2012-13 season.

And as we know, with great expectations come great pressure. Obviously, many of the Bruins players and coaches are going to feel the pressure to live up to expectations and get the team back to the NCAA tournament after a one-year absence (considered an eternity for a program like UCLA).

Realistically, though, UCLA’s tournament hopes in 2013 hinge on just a handful of players. Some of them won’t surprise you at all; others may.

Here are the Bruins who must step up if they want to get in on the madness of March.

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