Up next: Texas

UCLA lost to Texas 63-61 last year at Pauley Pavilion and travels to Austin to play the Longhorns on Thursday. Saturday’s win was a big confidence booster for the Bruins, especially on the defensive end, with such a big game on tap.
“We have a tough task coming up when we play at a top-five team in Texas,” Ben Howland said. “We have to continue to get better defensively. We need to have everyone get better defensively because we are going to need all of their contributions.”

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