The NCAA Tournament is coming at an absolutely awful time for UCLA’s academics, as the opening week coincides with finals week for the Bruins.
Sophomore forward Brendan Lane had to take a Political Science final on the team plane while flying to Tampa, proctored by academic coordinator Kenny Donaldson and faxed immediately to Lane’s professor when the team arrived at the hotel.
Three players had finals on Wednesday and Tyler Lamb, Tyler Honeycutt, Reeves Nelson and Anthony Stover all have finals on Friday.
But at least they’re in Tampa.
David and Travis Wear, who transferred from North Carolina before the season and had to sit out the year because of transfer rules, could not get out of their finals schedule and were left behind in Los Angeles.