Nine games into last season, UCLA was a conundrum.
After tallying their third loss of the season to San Diego State the prior game, the 6-3 Bruins barely eked out a win over Texas in one of the sloppiest Division I college basketball games you’ll ever see.
This year, the 8-1 Bruins have given way to a different story.
Even after tallying their first loss of the season and of new head coach Steve Alford’s UCLA career, the Bruins have a much brighter outlook for this season, founded in sophomore talents Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson and electric freshman Zach LaVine.
As UCLA faces its final stretch of nonconference games, here’s a look at the improvements the Bruins have made this season.