Aaron Holiday embraces pressures of leadership role

UCLA guard Aaron Holiday (3) catches his breath during a Michigan free throw in the final seconds of overtime of an NCAA college basketball game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. Michigan won 78-69 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Aaron Holiday has to bear many burdens for UCLA. The junior guard has to be a scorer. He has to be a distributor. Most importantly, he has to be a leader for a young team struggling to translate its recent effort against top teams into results.

With 11 combined turnovers in the past two games, both losses, Holiday will be the first to say he’s fallen short of the standard set for him.

“I gotta play at my best for us to win,” he said Saturday after UCLA’s loss to Cincinnati. “And that’s what I’m going to do.”

The Bruins (7-3) will try to get back on the right track Tuesday against South Dakota at 6 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. The Coyotes (11-3) are ranked 16 spots ahead of UCLA in the RPI rankings as of Monday. The game will be on Pac-12 Networks woth radio on AM 570.

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