UCLA Basketball: Bruins ready to take it all this year

If it seems like I’ve covered just about everything it’s, well, because I just about have.

I covered the Bruins’ last season. UCLA seemingly had the inside presence it lacked for so long, only to get blown out by Memphis in the Final Four.

Gone to the NBA are Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.

But the Bruins still have a lot of talent on the team, led by seniors Darren Collison and Josh Shipp.

UCLA is ranked No. 4 in the nation largely in part because of its top-ranked recruiting core of freshman, led by Jrue Holiday.

The Bruins open the exhibition season tonight at 7:30 against Cal Baptist. The season-opener for UCLA is Nov. 12 against Prairie View A&M.

Losing Kevin Love is huge. There’s really nobody on the Bruins roster who is ready to take over at center but freshman Drew Gordon (6’8, 235) and J’Mison Morgan (6’10, 248) will be battling for playing time behind the senior Alfred Aboya.

Without a dominating inside presence, UCLA will be forced to shoot from the perimeter more, so lets hope James Keefe and Michael Roll are ready to go.

The Bruins are predicted to finish No. 1 in the Pac-10 for the fourth straight season.

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