There is plenty to learn when you are a young basketball team playing its first season together against high-level competition. These UCLA Bruins are both young, and where they are not young, new to one another.
Unfortunately for college basketball generally, there is limited patience for mistakes that often come from a lack of basic experience, which are essentially impossible to avoid over the course of a campaign.
But for a young group, the Bruins have learned well and quickly. Some of it has been physical development and growth within the system, but the rest of it has come from the sense and muscle memory that develops from being beaten.
This is a distillation of one lesson from every loss this season that UCLA can use as the regular season turns over to the no-room-for-mistakes, sudden-death postseason.