The UCLA Men’s Basketball team is off to a high flying start this season. They are undefeated thus far after an impressive Wooden Legacy tournament championship and are leading the nation in scoring. The Bruins lead the nation with an astonishing 97 points per game, which is unheard of for a college basketball team. A lot of NBA teams aren’t even averaging that mark and they play 8 more minutes than their college counterparts. The Bruins have four players averaging more than 15 points per game and are led by senior guard Bryce Alford (17.0 PPG) and freshmen forward TJ Leaf (17.1 PPG). The Bruins also have highly touted freshmen Lonzo Ball from Chino Hills who averages 16 points a game. Most impressively is the fact that the balanced Bruins are shooting 45% from the 3 point line. If these Bruins continue to put up numbers like this it will be a historic season for one of the most prestigious basketball problems in NCAA history.
As good as the 8-0 Bruins have started this season; they still have several big games before conference play begins in late December. The Bruins travel to Kentucky (the number one team in the nation) on Saturday December 3rd, which will prove how good this team really is. They also have two key games at Pauley Pavilion against Michigan on December 10th and Ohio State on December 17th. There are still plenty of UCLA Men’s Basketball tickets available for all three of these key match ups.
Pac 12 conference play begins in late December for the UCLA Bruins as they take a trip up north to face conference favorite Oregon on December 28th and Oregon State on December 30th. The key games to look out for this year are against always solid Arizona (home January 21st and on the road February 25th), against their red hot cross town rivals USC (home January 25th and on the road February 18th), and several other important games (vs. Cal January 5th, at Colorado January 12th and vs. Oregon February 9th).
The Bruins finish the season with the Pac 12 Tournament in Las Vegas at the brand new T-Mobile Arena. The tournament was moved to Las Vegas in 2013 after 11 seasons in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The tournament runs from Wednesday March 8th through Saturday March 11th and is the unofficial kick off to everyone’s favorite time of year, March Madness.
The Bruins have been a solid team for the last few years, but haven’t returned to their championship form since 1995. The program has a rich history of championships including 7 in a row in the late 60s and early 70s. With the Bruins off to a hot start, a lot of people in Pasadena have championship aspirations, but their team will only go as far as the high octane offense will take them. A good mix of veteran and freshmen superstars has UCLA Men’s basketball feeling like they could return to glory and raise banner number 12 this year.