UCLA Basketball: Potential Trap Games for Bruins in 2013-2014

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UCLA Basketball: Potential Trap Games for Bruins in 2013-2014
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Don't disappoint her

In looking over UCLA's schedule there were not many true trap games around to isolate, assuming a "trap game" is defined as the scheduling of a weaker opponent, either preceding, succeeding, or sandwiched between games against teams that are either your equals, superiors or a definite rival. 

The danger of the trap is that a good team overlooks the easy game in preparation for the truer challenge, and in so doing loses or gets a mighty scare from a squad that in a more just world would not be forced onto the same basketball court with them.   

Being 8-0 to start the season, the Bruins have already blown through most games that could have been considered early-season traps. 

In honesty, much of the preseason is a trap for power conference schools who scheduled softly. It is the fattest opportunity for a hungry underdog covetous of padding a resume for the NCAA tournament to bite-off a piece of a top-tier school. Such victories can provide an underdog fuel for an entire season.

But UCLA has beaten all of the Drexels, Morehead States, Nevadas and, for good measure, Northwesterns of the world; many of them with ease and decent style. With the Pac-12 conference schedule set to begin there are few opportunities left for the Bruins to get trapped in the snares of a diminutive but wily team, though I have uncovered at least three. 

Without further preliminaries, let's identify the remaining trap games.

 

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