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As impressive as UCLA's freshmen Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad have been this season in their starting roles, they are still freshmen, and they play as such.
Even the team's hardest-working, beyond-his-years player, Adams, has had his share of ill-advised passes and unwise defensive play.
This question was further punctuated on Wednesday when UCLA lost to Washington State in Pullman for the first time in 20 years after defeating then-No. 11 Arizona.
It seemed from the onset of the game that the Bruins, most especially their freshmen, underestimated the Cougars and felt as though they wouldn't have to exert much effort in order to beat them on their home court.
That apparent naive mindset proved to be lethal for the Bruins, who fell down as many as 21 points midway through the first half.
The UCLA freshmen's lack of experience and perspective was displayed not only by underestimating Washington State, but also by the way in which they attempted to narrow the large deficit.
With plenty of time left on the clock and Washington State being the worst team in the Pac-12 (2-14 prior to defeating UCLA), the Bruins could have gradually chipped away at the lead by playing tougher defense (which they eventually did by switching up a zone) and making easy baskets.
However, the freshmen instead got desperate, and perhaps anxious as well, being down by double digits to the last-place team in the conference and tried to do too much.
Muhammad, who posted his career-worst shooting night (4-of-19: 21%), began taking a surplus of three-pointers and kept shooting when he was off, making only two out of 11 attempts (his previous career-high in three-point shot attempts was seven).
Anderson, who unlike Muhammad (42% 3PFG) is an atrocious three-point shooter (6-of-33: 18%), also began shooting threes and missed all three of his attempts.
Bad shooting nights will happen for any player, but it's the approach and poise of UCLA's freshmen that is worrisome.