Bryce Alford: UCLA hasn’t played its best basketball yet

UCLA is one of just four teams with losing records in Pac-12 play this season. Given the league’s parity, however, it’s not as dire a situation as some may think.

The Bruins (12-8, 3-4) head into tonight’s 7 p.m. tipoff against Washington just two games back of first place — held by the Huskies and Oregon. Although head coach Steve Alford is still trying to figure out the team’s best defensive rotations, finishing at or near the top of the conference still isn’t out of the question.

“We haven’t played our best basketball yet,” said point guard Bryce Alford. “That’s definitely encouraging. It gives us confidence that, usually around this time of year, we start playing pretty well. … If we can continue to keep working and get hot right now, we’ll be just fine.”

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  • JustOwns

    If Parker continues to start, than UCLA will never attain their best game.

  • JustOwns

    Parker, Parker, Parker, Parker, Parker, Parker. Thank you Tony Parker. WHY? For the first time I have to doubt Alford’s coaching.

    • Hogsman

      I agree that Parker falling for the pump fake was lame, but the sad fact is that they don’t have anyone who’s a better defender. Bolden fouled Andrews on the preceding drive, Goloman continues to look lost on defense, Welsh is slow-footed, and the guards never stop penetration. The days of having a lockdown defender like Mbah a Moute (sp) and Westbrook are gone.

      And please stop quoting Alford. So, having been mediocre up to this point is supposed to be encouraging? Astounding logic.

      • JustOwns

        Whoa Hogman. What’s asstounding is you. Pray Sherlock, kindly quote, my direct Alford quote. You seem like the sort to put words in other people’s mouths.

        Whether you agree or disagree means little to me.

        The Moute/Westbrook history bit is lame. Does that mean you’ve followed UCLA BB for the last 10 years? BFD.

        Lastly you raise the Logchex flag. Where’s the logic in a college bb game?

        • Hogsman

          Sorry, my 2nd paragraph was directed at Jack, not you. And I’ve been following Bruin BB for 40 years, not 10.

          The men’s team should take some lessons from the women’s team on defense and ball movement. They’re a lot more fun and less frustrating to watch.

    • 88 Straight

      I think you are a tad slow regarding Alford’s coaching. He hasn’t fielded a team yet that can defend. His own son is the worst defender in the league.

      • JustOwns

        I believe the moniker belongs to the whole UCLA team. With 2 or 3 more team stops, we win the game.

  • gotroy22

    They played their best basketball against KY and it’s been all downhill ever since.