Sunday, January 12, 2003

Lord, what an awful performance. In spite of the excuses coming out of Westwood, UCLA is not devoid of talent. Ray Young, Jason Kopono, TJ Cummings: each one was among the most hotly pursued recruits in the country when they came out of high school. The Bruins would be ranked if Henry Bibby or Ben Braun (or even Jim Harrick) was the coach; they would be near the top of the polls if Rick Pitino was coaching. Right now, the program is not merely struggling; it's moribund. With Pauley Pavillion half-full, and with the certainty that even a late-season rally will not be enough to get the Bruins into the NCAA tournament, Steve Lavin has suddenly joined the walking dead.


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