UCLA Basketball: 5 Bruins Who Need to Improve

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UCLA Basketball: 5 Bruins Who Need to Improve
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While their most recent win over Pepperdine is a step in the right direction, questions are still being asked about key members of this UCLA Bruins squad once predicted to win the Pac-12.

At 2-4 on the year, UCLA is still a long way away from being the team it was expected to be. The defense still needs to improve. The offense needs to be more fluid. Players need to make shots, whether they are from two or 22 feet away.

But at the root of those problems is passion, or rather, a lack of it. Over and over again, viewers were subjected to discouraged, apathetic Bruins in the nationally televised Maui Invitational. Players hung their heads, jacked up mindless threes and routinely played matador defense on incoming drives. 

Only senior Jerime Anderson seemed to care that his team had been shamed so publicly, shedding tears of frustration after the Michigan loss. 

It’s getting back to that hard-nosed, blue-collar mentality that certain UCLA players need to discover going forward. Here are five Bruins that, for one reason or another, need to improve if UCLA has any chance at a Pac-12 title. 

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