Killer instinct?

UCLA is on a 9-0 run. Russell Westbrook made a steal and the enusing layup and was fouled. But Kevin Love got the offensive rebound and as he was blanketed, he threw a pass to an open Darren Collison, who drained a 3-pointer for a 15-point lead. Xavier missed a shot on the other end and Love made a shot off the glass from the baselin to give UCLA a 17-point lead at 45-28.

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UCLA 33, Xavier 24 halftime

The Bruins ran out to a nine-point halftime lead, and that’s without Kevin Love having a big game. Love has eight points and three rebounds thus far. Darren Collison let the shot clock wind down and made a jumper with about three seconds left before halftime. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has nine points on 3-of-4 shooting.

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Project Stanley

Xavier’s Stanley Burrell, who was outspoken regarding his excitement for drawing the excitement for Darren Collison, hasn’t had a great game thus far. Burrell is 0-for-4 from the field, and Collison has made 2 of 4 shots for five points. UCLA leads 24-20 with 3:58 left. The Bruins already have nine turnovers.

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Good offensive start

UCLA has made 5 of its first 9 shots and has a 16-13 lead over Xavier with 10:46 left in the first half. Of course, against Western Kentucky, the Bruins went cold in the second half. Kevin Love has yet to take a shot.

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Tape talk

Getting video tape on Xavier was simple, mostly because administrative assistant Doug Erickson spends the season taping almost any and every game that is on television. A bunch of televisions in the basketball office are always tuned into games, whether being broadcast live or on tape delay, and Erickson tapes them all.
In fact, all but four of Xavier’s games were on television somewhere.

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X factor

UCLA center Kevin Love talked about the increased role and importance of James Keefe playing well in the postseason.
“He’s helping us big-time,” Love said. “He is playing as an X-factor for us, showing up and playing great in the tournament. If we can keep that going, keep that streak alive, that will be huge for us down the stretch.”

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