UCLA is the epitome of a young, inexperienced team.
At times, the UCLA Bruins step up and beat quality opponents like Missouri, Colorado and, most recently, Arizona.
At other times, UCLA overlooks "lesser" teams and gets beat (See games against Cal Poly and Arizona State).
ESPN.com's Peter Yoon talked about the Bruins' loss to Arizona State (after beating Arizona two days before) this way:
This type of inconsistency is what you get with a young team still trying to find its way. For every impact win, a bad loss is lurking around the corner. And while Arizona State (16-4, 5-2) isn't exactly a pushover, the inability to back up the big win Thursday makes it a bad loss for UCLA.
The players even acknowledged their lack of focus. After the ASU loss, Freshman phenom Shabazz Muhammad sighed:
There was no motivation. Going into this game, we were like, 'This is a trap game and we have to play hard because we just got a great win off of Arizona,' and then we come out here and not play as hard.
The talent is on this roster. The Class of 2012 alone should be able to knock off most of the Bruins' opponents.
But, it's nearly impossible to force a team to grow up.