Healthy Respect

UCLA has shown a propensity this season of taking their opponents lighter than a feather, sometimes playing down – or up, as it were – to the competition.

The players don’t sound like they’re going to make that mistake this time around.

“We watch a lot of college basketball, we know Michigan State,” UCLA freshman center Joshua Smith said. “Everybody knows. They’ve been to two straight final fours. It wouldn’t even take a blind person to know how good Michigan State is.”

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