Sunday, 25 February 2018 15:01

Bruins Head Boulder

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Holiday A WSU010416UCLA (19-9, 10-6) will try to get that all evasive 20th win when they tipoff against Colorado (15-13, 7-9) at 1:00 PM PST in the thin air of Boulder. This will not be an easy task for the Bruins, who already lost to the Buffs in Pauley Pavilion giving CU their only road conference victory of the season.

At home, the Buffs are an entirely different basketball team. Their home record is 11-3 while on the road CU is 1-9 during conference play.

The Bruins cannot come out of the box the way they did when they played the Buffs at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins came out flat offensively and the Buffs played outstanding defense to make matters worse.

In the first game, CU held UCLA to shooting 37.1 percent from the floor, 20 percent from beyond the arc and a putrid 44.4 percent from the line. Usually when UCLA loses they don’t get the job done from the line and are sloppy with the basketball. The first time around against CU, the Bruins probably played their worst game of the year, both offensively and defensively.

The CU loss earlier in the season came at a time when it looked like the Bruins had figured things out and were playing their best basketball of the season. UCLA was coming off arguably their best game of the season defeating Utah two days earlier. After being drubbed by CU in January, the Bruins then went on the road and were swept by the two Oregon schools.

The Bruins can’t let senior guard George King have the kind of game he had in Pauley Pavilion when they had no clue how to stop him. King had a game-high 26 points, was blistering hot from beyond the three-point arc hitting 6-10 from the three and had a game-high 10 boards to earn a double-double.

After getting beat by USC on Wednesday, the Buffs are on a three-game losing streak making them even more dangerous.

Against Utah on Thursday, UCLA had three players score in double-figures, led by Aaron Holiday’s game-high 23 points. Thomas Welsh scored 15 points and GG Golomon chipped in 10. The Bruins have come up with their A-game or will have to beat red-hot USC, who swept the mountain schools on the road, at the Galen Center next Saturday to claim their 20th victory.

The CU game is huge.

The game will be televised on ESPNU at 1:00 PM PST with Roxy Bernstein handling the play-by-play and Corey Williams analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game locally on the Bruin flagship station AM 57 with Josh Lewin and UCLA great Tracy Murray behind the mics.

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