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UCLA beat Colorado easily on Saturday night, finishing off a 72-59 decision that didn’t look as close as the final score. The Bruins have only lost one game at home this season, but have only won once outside of Los Angeles in nine tries.
“That’s the next step that this team’s got to do,” Alford said.
The Bruins visit Stanford on Thursday and Cal on Saturday, both of whom they were able to beat at Pauley Pavilion this month.
Scouting report: Colorado is one of several teams jostling around the middle of the Pac-12, and are thus unsurprisingly pedestrian in most statistical categories — although it is the best in the conference at keeping opponents off the free throw line. Conversely, it is third-to-last in forcing turnovers.
Big man Josh Scott has been sidelined for a month with a back injury, and did not travel to Los Angeles. When healthy, he is Colorado’s most efficient scorer. Forward Wesley Gordon has stepped in to fill the rebounding void, and is averaging 11.5 boards in his last four games.
The Buffaloes haven’t beaten a team ranked top-100 in RPI except UCLA.
The Bruins just notched their biggest win of the season in Thursday night’s 69-59 upset of No. 11 Utah. One major victory isn’t enough to change the course of the season, but UCLA looks like a team that can conceivably clean out the rest of its home schedule — especially given that they don’t host Arizona this year.