There's no getting around it: The Bruins had a very rough start to the season. After being favored to win the Pac-12, UCLA opened the season with back-to-back losses to mid-majors at home.
In addition to their on-court woes, the Bruins were then hit with more tribulations from an undisciplined Reeves Nelson, who was recently dismissed from the team by Ben Howland.
It may not have been the prettiest opening to the season, but the Bruins have now evened out their record to 5-5 and are starting to play some good basketball.
Here's why UCLA is a contender again.