After the UCLA Bruins capped off nonconference play and 2012 with a thrilling overtime win over No. 7 Missouri, they now face a new year with new challenges ahead as Pac-12 conference play tips off on Thursday.
It’s been a season of extreme highs and lows so far for the Bruins, marred by a shocking loss to Cal Poly and most recently brightened with a key win over a tough Missouri squad.
Heading into conference play with momentum chugging them along, it appears as though the Bruins may finally be on course to realize the potential that had them ranked high in the preseason Top 25.
Nevertheless, UCLA has consistently defied expectations, for better or worse, this season, which makes any forecast for this team at the will of the wind.
With such uncertainty in the air, here are five bold predictions for UCLA as they enter Pac-12 play.