Thursday, March 15, 2007

Sports: Round One - UCLA vs. Weber State

UCLA fans are nervous. AP has Collison saying he is ready to go despite the ankle injury. Brave talk or is he truly ready to go? We shall see later today!

Bruinsnation is experiencing the emotional whiplash all fans feel about their teams: riding high with unrealistic expectations and brought low thinking all is lost at the slightest bit of bad news.

Clearly, Collison is an important piece to UCLA's chances. Westbrook doesn't appear to be ready to step in like the way Cameron Dollar did in the 1995 championship game against Arkansas but I'm sure he will get many more minutes than usual as long as the game remains under UCLA's control. Additionally, Shipp and Afflalo can handle the ball to some extent. Collison gives the Bruins speed on the break, dribble penetration and quick hands for a steal or two.

Against Weber State the Bruins *should* be able to win even if Collison isn't 100%. But as a Bruin fan, we have seen some spectacular first round collapses by the Bruins so I'm not counting these chicken's before they are hatched. I'll be parked in front of the TV after work hopefully catching the second half of the game.

For those who want to know this page has the history of who UCLA has played in the NCAA basketball tournament.

UCLA was the victim in the 5/12 upset in 1994 and 1999. UCLA lost in the 4/13 upset in 1991 and 1996.

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