VIDEO: UCLA coach Steve Alford previews Bruins’ trip to Arizona

Stuck in ninth place in the Pac-12 with just a month left in the regular season, UCLA coach Steve Alford talked about what the Bruins need to do to gain momentum — starting with Friday’s trip to No. 17 Arizona.

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  • EncinitasBruin

    The curious case of Alford… If the Bruins lay an egg and get swept in the desert, does it put Alvin’s–er, I mean Alford’s–job on the line? I don’t think so, based on the fact that in his first two seasons, despite disappointing conference finishes, he’s taken the Bruins to the Sweet 16 both years. As well, there’s that incredible #4 recruiting class coming in… Other thoughts?

    • 88 Straight

      Given that Dan Guerrero negotiated a huge buyout, Alford is not going anywhere. It will be interesting to see what he does with next year’s talent and post-Bryce after that. He certainly seems to have gotten lost in coaching his son and misevaluating Bryce’s talents.

    • MPPBruin

      1) Alford’s job shouldn’t be on the line. It’s only year three and we’ve had decent success the past two years. This year has been pretty inconsistent, but that’s an issue with having a young team. Alford hasn’t shown anything great yet, but he hasn’t been terrible.

      2) About that decent success…I don’t feel great about those sweet 16s. We didn’t exactly face stiff competition in either of those years. We had some upsets in the earlier round that helped us. We’re fortunate to hang enough national championship banners so that I can be indifferent to sweet 16s, but these milestones aren’t exactly confidence inspiring of a program that should have greater ambitions.