UCLA Basketball: 5 Keys to Bruins Pulling Off Upset Win over Arizona

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UCLA Basketball: 5 Keys to Bruins Pulling Off Upset Win over Arizona
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After routing crosstown rival USC in its Pac-12 opener, UCLA faces its biggest challenge of the season.

The Bruins take on in-conference rival Arizona on Thursday, and while they defeated the Wildcats thrice last season, this time around, Arizona is ranked No. 1 in the nation and has yet to be beaten.

Although the game will take place in Pauley Pavilion, it’s a daunting matchup for UCLA, which fell to both of its toughest opponents, Missouri and Duke, by coming undone in the second half.

The odds may be stacked against them, but the Bruins reserve the possibility to upset the Wildcats and notch a defining win that would reassert UCLA as one of the nation’s top teams.

It will take precision and near flawless play, but here’s how UCLA can pull off an upset over Arizona.

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