Thursday, February 28, 2013

UCLA ASU Postgame Thoughts

-Where do I begin? I guess I'll start with... congrats Ben. You live to fight another game.

-Highlight of the night besides the win: the Pau Gasol sighting. I've always had a man crush on Pau, even with all his struggles the past few years.

-The stat sheet might only say -3 on the boards, but to the naked eye, the Bruins are still having to fight way too hard for their rebounds. Players are watching the ball too much rather than boxing out.

-And for those who say its because we don't have a true big man, half the teams in the NBA today don't have true big men. You don't need to be 7'2 to get a rebound.

-Tony Parker for the first time in his UCLA career was banging bodies. He was getting flat out physical and dirty with Budchinzky (I'm not checking if I spelled that right). Offensively, he's going to have to get more polished, but the skill set is there. If he sticks with it, he's going to be a very good player.

-What more can you say about the freshman? Muhammad was expected to be a force, but Anderson and Adams have proved more than capable of scoring well on their own. Adams and Anderson really took it to the Sun Devils down the stretch.

-As for Muhammad, 21 points is nice and all, but if your going to be a top 5 selection in the NBA draft as a guard, you have to knock down your free throws. If Muhammad makes his free throws down the stretch in regulation, the game never gets to OT. He was virtually absent in OT, something very uncommon for him this season.

-David Wear nearly cost the Bruins the game. He had absolutely no presence inside, and isn't nearly consistent enough with his jumpers to be taken seriously. Either he or Parker need to get much better, and quickly.

-Hopefully Parker becomes a larger part of the rotation now. He seems to be playing with a lot more confidence, and David Wear seems to slowly be developing one weakness: playing basketball. If I had to pick, I'd give them 10 minutes or so each.

-Trust me when I say it took a bit for me to say that. I've really hated how people thought Parker should get minutes for doing absolutely positively nothing. But things are a bit different now.

-Yes, it is just now. Last time, he was dismembered when he had a larger role at ASU.

-Saturday could prove really big for the Bruins, as a win could pull them up to a 5-6 seed. Yes, big things are still possible out of this UCLA team. In a tie for first place now in the conference, the outright regular season title will be tough, with Saturday's game against Arizona and a date at Washington still looming. Oregon has just one more tough date at Colorado. Still however, a strong finish could position the Bruins in the 5 seed range and could put them in position for a decent run.

-Arizona could prove to be an even tougher game now with their loss to SC, but ASU was probably the tougher matchup of the two. With their size and ability to stretch the floor with a couple shooters, ASU had all the makeup to come into Pauley and beat the Travis Wear-less Bruins. It all sets up a monster showdown on Saturday, one that could define the season to this date. 

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