Despite a five-game losing streak earlier in the year, disappointing losses to Arizona and Stanford that followed big wins, and a crushing defeat to cross-town rival USC, the Bruins are very much alive in this topsy-turvy season.
At 4-3 in conference play – and 9-10 overall – UCLA is in the thick of the Pac-10 race, with five teams at 4-3, one game behind Cal.
“We’re in position, we’re in the driver’s seat,” UCLA senior forward James Keefe said. “We can still make a season out of this. I just think it’s up for grabs. When we had that huge losing streak, there was a lot of indifference. Everyone’s not happy when you’re losing. That was just turmoil. We’ve got a couple wins, a couple big wins, and I think everyone is realizing we can do something.”