Don MacLean: ‘UCLA is the most disappointing team in the Pac-12’

Point guard Bryce Alford and his UCLA teammates are currently tied for eighth  in the Pac-12 standings. The Bruins were a preseason pick to finish fifth, a prediction that Alford had said felt too low. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff)

Point guard Bryce Alford and his UCLA teammates are currently tied for eighth in the Pac-12 standings. The Bruins were a preseason pick to finish fifth, a prediction that Alford had said felt too low. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff)

Pac-12 Networks analyst Don MacLean has a frank, albeit unsurprising assessment of his alma mater.

“UCLA is the most disappointing team in the Pac-12, in a league that has been terrific this year top to bottom,” said MacLean, the Bruins’ all-time leading scorer. “I expected more out of UCLA based on their level of talent. And that’s why I say if they make a run to the final or even win the Pac-12 Tournament I wouldn’t be surprised at all.”

With two weeks left on the schedule, the Bruins (15-12, 6-8) are tied for eighth in the conference standings with Oregon State and Stanford, and currently hold the head-to-head tiebreaker for tournament seeding.

Perhaps some small solace can be found in the fact that, in the last seven years, the regular-season Pac-12 champion has also won the Pac-12 Tournament just once. During that stretch, however, the tournament champion entered the field as no lower than a No. 6 seed.

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  • Hogsman

    As annoying as MacLean’s childish behavior was during his career at UCLA, his analysis and color commentary are usually refreshing and spot-on.

  • j metaphor

    Mac is the Man.
    What he says is so.

  • mark

    I’d rather listen to MacLean over Bill Walton or Steve Lavin any day. Those guys just never shut up and let the play-by-play guy do his job.

    • guest

      you do realize that play-by-play is supposed to talk the plays while the color commentator makes the comments.