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Sadly, I know the Bruins surged a bit in the late season... But I do not think they will win tomorrow (I hope that I am wrong)
1. UCLA struggles against teams that have a solid inside game. I think the rough and tumble big 10 Gophers will present a problem in this regard.
2. Adams is out. I'm not saying he is the "heart" of the team but he is most definitely a major artery. That's a huge loss to overcome. UCLA will have to find it's way with young players.
3. UCLA has young players ---
4. coaching -- I am not a huge fan of Howland's coaching. I like what he brings but historically he struggles in the tournament...(yes I know someone is going to mention the final fours) He is not a great X's and O's guy on the fly. If at team throws wrinkles, like mixing in a little zone to get a momenturm change. Howland usually falls apart. Florida's had good players but howland had better player. Florida owned us in those games.
5. tubby smith-- won a national title with Kentucky and I think he will be smart enough to mix in some zone, especially with Jordan Adams (a deep shooter) out and... Look for the Gophers to pound the Bruins inside until Howland uses ALL of his timeouts and Bruin big men get into foul trouble.
I hope I'm wrong.. but I'm predicting a pounding...
What is everyone else thinking???
Good read. I think if TP gets 20 minutes inside and Shabazz plays within himself and the team, UCLA wins. I expect Powell to step up and LD II will score more to make the Gophers move outside more than they want to.
You hit the nail on the head.
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