Sloppy start stops UCLA against Cincinnati

UCLA Bruins’ head coach Steve Alford reacts during the second half against Cincinnati Bearcats at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. Cincinnati Bearcats defeats UCLA Bruins with the score of 77 to 63. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Last weekend, it was the second-half turnovers. On Saturday, it was the first-half miscues that killed UCLA.

The Bruins (7-3) committed 15 turnovers in the first half against the No. 25 Bearcats, losing 77-63 in a nationally televised contest at Pauley Paviion that was one of UCLA’s last chances to get a marquee nonconference win.

“Obviously a really good basketball team, grown men,” head coach Steve Alford said of Cincinnati. “We’ve got some young guys that I think will really grow from this and learn from this. … If we could take back the second half of Michigan and the first half here against Cincinnati just in the area of turnovers, I think we’d be sitting in a different position.”

There are no take-backs though and the Bruins have only one more opportunity for a big win (Dec. 23 against Kentucky) before starting conference play.

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  • 88 Straight

    Poor, poor coaching. Case closed.

    • gotroy22

      Bad team man. You’ve got a bad bleepin’ team.

  • jim

    Alford was saying that they have a young team. I’ll grant him that. It is a very young team. I still don’t think that they will ever go that far with Alford as coach. He’s a good coach but far from a great coach. I go back to last year. If the sweet 16 was the farthest they could get last year with the team they had, they’ll never get any further.

  • Paul

    Last season Lonzo Ball was the rising tide that floated the S.S. Alford…

  • 88 Straight

    The only thing worse than this team would be having the FBI going after your coaches.

    • Richard

      Just so.

      At least neither CSA or AD DG have gotten us sanctioned, suspended or federally indicted. sc (Asst) BB HC is on his way to jail & SC is still paying him. 3 other schools have fired their indicted coaches w/o pay.
      U can’t win s*** if ur team is suspended or on probation.

      As for the team, it stinks. Coaching + our fabled 1 and done freshman esp #13 and #4 STINK

    • gotroy22

      How long until the NCAA comes to investigate the Balls recruitment? LOL!