Threequel — #5 (and rising) UCLA has now avenged all three of its losses, after going into hostile Tucson and playing like Wyld Stallyns, riding Lonzo Ball and a 19-4 Second Chance Points advantage to a 77-72 second-chance revenge
Just like Keanu Reeves in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” the 2017 Bruins are traveling back in time, or at least it seems like it to long-time UCLA fans. After beating #4 Arizona in McKale Center, where the Wildcats had won 21 of the last 22, The Boys from Westwood have now won 7 straight games to move to 26-3, and have won 4 straight over Top 5 teams, which they haven’t done since the Wooden Era!
The Bruins came into this game at #5 in the Country, so obviously they will leapfrog the #4 Wildcats. They may also jump #2 Villanova, and even possibly #1 Gonzaga, as both Top 2 teams lost this week. Gonzaga was undefeated at 29-0 until they choked away a huge lead AT HOME, against UNRANKED Brigham Young, who has now won 3 straight on the Zags’ home court.
How did the Bruins pull off the near-impossible task of winning in Tucson? Well, I highlighted Lonzo Ball at the top of this article, but there was no clear MVP of this game. Lonzo played an all-around great game on both ends of the floor, and was the orchestrator of the Bruins’ success, but he did have one lackluster stat, while several other of his teammates were also indispensable.
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