UCLA could be on the outside looking in when the dust is settle on selection Sunday. In the feasible case that happens, the Bruins have nobody to blame but themselves.
Colorado beat UCLA 80-76 on Sunday which gave the Buffaloes their first Bruin sweep since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. UCLA’s now lost two-straight games and consequently might not make the field of 68.
The Bruins were fighting from behind for most of the contest. UCLA coach Steve Alford believes that was the cause for the team’s defeat.
“We did a lot of good things in the second half,” Alford said, per ESPN, via the Associated Press. “But when you’re down 12 and battle back, it takes a lot out of you. I thought that’s what happened.”
Two losses at a crucial part of the year raises the stakes for UCLA’s season finale against USC. If there’s ever a must-win game in the regular season, this is one the Bruins desperately need to win.
“We lost two games we should have won,” UCLA guard Aaron Holiday said, per ESPN, via the Associated Press. “We put ourselves in a tough position toward the end, we still had chances to win the game and that’s always hard. It’s over with now we have to move on and focus on SC.”
UCLA travels crosstown to USC to take on the Trojans on Saturday in a game which the Bruins’ tournament hopes will be on the line.