Three Reasons Why UCLA Basketball is Back

BY foxsports • February 10, 2011

By Don MacLean
FOX Sports West and PRIME TICKET

Feb. 10, 2011

After a 3-4 record to start the season, the UCLA Bruins have put together a pretty nice run in winning three in a row, seven of their last eight and 13 of their last 16.

With 16 wins, the Bruins are already a far cry from last season's 14-18 nightmare, to say the least. In this stretch there have been impressive performances against good teams, an 86-79 win over No. 16 BYU, come-from-behind wins, like the 67-59 win at Oregon and give-up-the-lead-late-but-still-hang-on-for-the-win games, the 73-72 squeaker at Arizona St. It doesn't really matter how they are winning these games or who they are beating, the point is, they're winning.

Last year's UCLA team found different ways to lose, while this year they're finding different ways to win. And while 16-7 is nothing to write home about by UCLA Basketball standards, it is significant considering their improvement over a year ago. So significant that UCLA is all alone in second place in the conference and contending for a title, only a game and a half back of Arizona. Not only that, but with their overall record and last week's win over St. John's of the Big East on national TV, they have put themselves in position for a, dare I say it, an NCAA Tournament bid. If the Bruins stay as consistent as they have been the last month, the tournament will be a foregone conclusion for this team.

Click here for three reasons why the Bruins have improved this season.

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