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March Madness: Was UCLA Exposed?

John LewisSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2008

Down by 10 points to Texas A&M, UCLA rallied to advance to the round of 16.

Did this close game expose the Bruins? 

They only had two players score in double figures and one starter didn't even score a point. They are a team built around getting it inside to freshman Kevin Love and while Darren Collison has the range to hit the three, they typically don't make it part of the game plan.

So what went wrong against the Aggies of Texas A&M? 

They just didn't have any momentum from the field and with tight March wins against Arizona, Stanford and Cal had they gone to the well too many times?

The Bruins' strength is definitely rebounding, but they had a hard time on the boards and if the Aggies shot better then 42% from the free throw line the game may have ended up a little differently.

With that said, I don't think the Bruins were exposed as a team on the brink of a loss. Their next game will be against the winner of the Western Kentucky-San Diego game, so the Bruins should be able to handle both teams to advance to the Elite Eight.

One other thing that allowed UCLA to win was their ability to block or alter shots in the paint. Kevin Love had seven blocks and the Bruins had 11 for the game.

Prediction: The Bruins will make it to the title game against the North Carolina Tar Heels.


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