It’s odd to think that UCLA could ever be considered a dark horse candidate.
It is especially odd considering the incredible hype surrounding this recruiting class.
While it took this Bruins team time to come together and form their identity, this team seems to have figured out some of their early season issues.
Ben Howland appears to have given up on integrating these players into his grind it out system, and he instead seems content in letting this team of athletes run the court.
The key players on this Bruins team are Larry Drew II and Kyle Anderson.
Drew II has really come into his own as the leader of this offense. He averages 8.1 APG and really gets the ball up and down the floor.
Kyle Anderson is not a spectacular athlete. In fact, his nickname is Slow-Mo. What Anderson does do, though, is create all sorts of matchup problems as a point-forward. This season, Anderson has averaged 9.9 PPG, 9.1 RPG and 3.7 APG.
When you add an explosive scorer like Shabazz Muhammad to a pass first point guard like Drew II and a do-everything guy like Anderson, good things can happen.
If UCLA puts it all together in the coming weeks, do not be surprised to see them go on a run in March.