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SIX. SIX. SIX. THE NUMBER OF THE BEST

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I’d sell my soul for 30 mo’ — UCLA moves to 6-0 on the season with a helluva hard-fought 82-71 victory over formerly-undefeated Nebraska, making the Bruins look like the best team in the not-so-hellish Pac-12 so far

The Basketball Bruins advanced to the Championship Game of the Wooden Legacy Tournament, with a 82-71 triumph over the Cornhuskers late Friday night.  Nebraska held UCLA to more than 20 Points UNDER the Bruins’ average, by slowing down the pace, but it wasn’t enough to avoid the Huskers’ first loss of the season, against 5 wins.

In the first half, Nebraska settled for jump shots, and shot them horribly.  Nonetheless, it was close for most of the half, but the Bruins spurted out to a 13-point lead at the break.  They were up 40-25 in the second half, when the Cornhuskers put their strategy-adjustment into effect.  They stopped settling for outside shots, and started driving into the paint.  They were extremely successful, as UCLA’s defense could not stop them.  Nebraska cut the lead all the way down to 2 Points, but the Bruins showed poise, and surged ahead again.  The game wasn’t clinched until the final minutes, when desperation fouls allowed the Bruins to make the final margin double-digits.

As usual for this Bruin TEAM, there wasn’t just one star, as 5 guys scored in double-figures.  Sure, Lonzo Ball ran the Offense and tallied 7 Assists, but he was in foul trouble in the second half.  He eventually fouled out with about 90 seconds left, but his teammates closed it out.  Isaac Hamilton, T.J. Leaf, and Bryce Alford all hit key shots down the stretch that kept the Huskers at bay.  Aaron Holiday had a solid game off the bench, and Thomas Welsh notched yet another Double-Double.

Freshman Ike Anigbogu got his first action of the season, and looked pretty good in his 6 minutes.  You can tell immediately that he will be a contributor, and will HAVE TO BE, especially as Defensive STRENGTH underneath — and as a rim protector — if the Bruins want to stay undefeated.

On Sunday, UCLA faces Texas A&M in the final.  The Aggies overcame a SEVENTEEN-POINT, SECOND HALF DEFICIT, to barely defeat Virginia Tech and make it to the Title Game.  The Aggies are big and strong underneath, so hopefully, Anigbogu can give the Bruins more than 6 minutes, to combat all that Texas Beef.

In the Pac-12, Oregon and Arizona were supposed to be the elite teams.  But they are battling roster issues/injuries, so according to tonight’s announcers — and the eye test — UCLA, who leads the whole Country in scoring, looks like the team to beat.

Now, moving on to a team that CAN’T be beat… Continuing with my 100-by-100 CHEER photos from the last Football game, here are 70 from the 500’s, featuring mainly Rachael, Sophie, Nicole, and Sheree, with a little Nury, Kelly, Daphne, Lauren, Kiana, Chandler, Emily, and Ashley.  Please enjoy!

 

"SIX. SIX. SIX. THE NUMBER OF THE BEST" was published on November 26th, 2016 and is listed in Blue & Gold News, UCLA/usc/Cheerleader Photos.

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