One and Done
Well, UCLA, it was fun while it lasted. But the 2004-05 came to a non-descript end last night as Bobby Knight's Red Raiders out-muscled the Bruins 78-66. While Dijon Thompson had a decent senior game, UCLA clearly needed a better performance from Jordan Farmar who was constantly frustrated and finished with a measley 3 points on 1-9 shooting.
Still, LAist is actually optimistic about the Bruins future. Washington may see an exodus of their players to the NBA next year, and Arizona's Salim Stoudemire is also ready for the next level. With supposedly a solid recruiting class coming in, and a talented young core, UCLA should make even more noise in the Pac-10 next year. The loss to Texas Tech was expected, but the program is developing.
As for the rest of the NCAA Tournament, LAist's Final Four contains Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, North Carolina, and Syracuse, with Eddie Sutton's Cowboys beating Roy Williams' Tar Heels for the National Championship.