UCLA certainly hasn’t taken the easiest route to get there, but it still remains within spitting distance of a regular-season Pac-12 title after defeating USC on Sunday.
There have been many obstacles along this bumpy road, but somehow—someway—the Bruins’ first of many lofty preseason goals is still achievable.
Winning conference would not only give UCLA a huge confidence boost for the Pac-12 Tournament but would, more importantly, bolster them up for the NCAA Tournament.
Before the Bruins began conference play, I laid out the blueprint for how the team could win the program’s first regular-season conference title since 2008.
Now only a half-game back in the conference standings after beating their crosstown rival, the blueprint is shrunk as UCLA concludes conference play with a challenging four-game stretch.
If executed with the required focus and precision, this team will notch the 41st regular-season conference title in Bruins’ history.