This season of UCLA basketball has been a pendulum, swinging freely from high to low as the clapper of a recently tolled bell. Nevertheless, this team has found harmony and forced us to once again consider: Can this team win a Pac-12 title?
The Bruins have risen from an early-season inferno that had head coach Ben Howland on the hot seat and are now on a seven-game win streak that has included a win over then-No. 7 Missouri and two consecutive wins to tip off Pac-12 conference play.
This team, which was highly touted as one of the best teams in the nation in the preseason, has gradually resurrected its hype as one of the nation’s premier teams and an NCAA tournament-bound team.
However, before the Bruins can look that far down the road, they have to focus on the task at hand of winning their conference. That task continues this week with their first road games.
As this hot-and-cold UCLA team continues to work toward the program’s first regular-season conference title since 2008, let’s take a look at what they’ll need to do to achieve that goal.