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UCLA Basketball: The Weekend of the Arizonas

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While most LA basketball fans are in rapt attention while watching the Lakers start their normal mid-season crash due to injuries and enjoying the Clippers being the Clippers, let’s not forget we have another championship caliber basketball team in town: the UCLA Bruins.

Currently ranked fifth in the nation by both the AP and Coaches polls, they haven’t looked as dominant as they did at the beginning of the season. With injuries to forward Luc Richard Mbah-a-Moute, center Lorenzo Mata-Real and guard Darren Collison, the team has relied freshman center Kevin Love who is leading the team with 17.3 points and 11.3 assists per game.

Now is the part where I gush endlessly about Love. For a freshman, he has a great all-around game. He passes like no one since Bill Walton, and he can score from anywhere on the court. He will push his way down in the post and effortlessly shoot threes when the situation presents itself.

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While he may not have the gaudy score lines of other freshmen savants like USC’s OJ Mayo (19.9 points per game) and Indiana’s Eric Gordon (21.7 points per game), the maturity of Love’s game is more beneficial in leading the Bruins to victory. And what’s really spectacular about him is he is doing this despite looking awfully clunky at times on the court.

And the Bruins will need every bit of Love’s clunk this weekend at home tonight and Saturday night against Arizona State and Arizona respectively.