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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:05 pm    Post subject:

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Keep an eye on Buffalo....they have games @ 'Cuse on 12/18 and @ Marquette on 12/21....if they can get threw those two games with wins, I am not seeing a likely loss on their schedule. They are legit.


#14 Buffalo went into the Carrier Dome and knocked off 'Cuse 71-59. They are legit....will face their toughest competition left of their schedule Friday @ Marquette.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:23 pm    Post subject:

Pac-12 is terrible in college basketball as well this year.
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/25641970/pac-12-caps-worst-december-major-conference-20-years-five-teams-lose

UCLA's season is going into the depths of mediocrity with a loss to Liberty University....
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:03 pm    Post subject:

Hope Alford gets a nice vacation soon, preferably a permanent one to start the new year.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:05 pm    Post subject:

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Hope Alford gets a nice vacation soon, preferably a permanent one to start the new year.


I have defended him a little in the past....or maybe just reserved criticism....but there is just too much raw talent on that roster for them to be losing in the manner they are losing. Belmont, Cincy and Liberty are all solid teams....but UCLA should be better....and if they do fall to a mid major, it needs to be by 2 or 3 points in a major upset.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:20 pm    Post subject:

Looking at the quality of opponents UCLA has beaten so far, they might be slightly worse than San Diego State.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:52 pm    Post subject:

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BREAKING: Sources saying that the Steve Alford's buyout has been completed. Could have an announcement officially tomorrow morning. #UCLA
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There have been persistent rumbles in NBA coaching circles that UCLA would pursue former Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg if it parts ways with Steve Alford ... which appears increasingly imminent. Whether Hoiberg can be lured back to the college game remains to be seen ...
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:55 pm    Post subject:

Steve Alford fired.
https://thebiglead.com/2018/12/31/steve-alford-fired-ucla/

Can't say I'm surprised. UCLA basketball was on the verge of being irrelevant not only in this town but in all of Socal. USC, LMU, San Diego State you could argue are having better seasons with comparable strength of schedules so far.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:50 am    Post subject:

Thanks ChickenStu and lakersken80 for the updates. It finally happened.

adkindo wrote:
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Hope Alford gets a nice vacation soon, preferably a permanent one to start the new year.


I have defended him a little in the past....or maybe just reserved criticism....but there is just too much raw talent on that roster for them to be losing in the manner they are losing. Belmont, Cincy and Liberty are all solid teams....but UCLA should be better....and if they do fall to a mid major, it needs to be by 2 or 3 points in a major upset.


Very true, even without Shareef on this year’s team, UCLA shouldn’t be losing to the likes of those mid-majors. I’ve had enough frustration during the Lavin years, but this Alford stretch has been tough. For Alford’s last game, he loses to the coach that he replaced at New Mexico.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:32 am    Post subject:

What a pointless, enervating five and a half seasons it's been. Good riddance.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:53 am    Post subject:

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There have been persistent rumbles in NBA coaching circles that UCLA would pursue former Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg if it parts ways with Steve Alford ... which appears increasingly imminent. Whether Hoiberg can be lured back to the college game remains to be seen ...


Hoiberg was great at Iowa State...and probably would be a good hire, but I am always a little suspicious of coaches that made their mark by coaching up lower talent to compete with better talent. Does Hoiberg offer similar value when he is getting 4 and 5 Star recruits at UCLA as he did when he was getting 3 Star guys @ Iowa State? Some coaches transition well....John Beilein is an example of where his talent kept increasing at each stop, and the success increased as the talent increased.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:24 am    Post subject:

Some of those mid majors have become powerhouses in the NCAA. If theres anything good about firing Alford so early in the season is that it will allow the UCLA basketball program to conduct an in depth coaching search, not to mention to create a vision of where they want their program to be in the future.Right now they are a program with a good history, but the majority of it was under John Wooden, which was almost 50 years ago. They want to be mentioned along the likes of Kentucky, Duke, etc but their results these past decades have been anything but. The talent isn't the problem its that they can't seem to harness their potential while they are there.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:48 pm    Post subject:

UCLA has recently improved its facilities in both football and basketball. They paid big money and made a splashy hire with Chip Kelly in football. It's been said that the UCLA basketball opening hasn't been great because they don't have charter flights and because of the previous facilities. Perhaps they will open up the purse strings and take a big swing. Hoiberg isn't as "sexy" of a hire as Chip Kelly was, but at least he has experienced success in college and was a former NBA coach. Runs a modern offense.

I've heard Jamie Dixon mentioned. That would basically be like hiring Ben Howland again in terms of philosophy, though. Not sure that would be the way to go. I wonder if Eric Musselman would be intrigued after what is going to be a highly successful run at Nevada, though he's about to lose the Martins, so perhaps it might be time to bounce. I like him, and he comes from a good basketball family; I think he really knows the game.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:58 pm    Post subject:

I have been surprised to hear that Rick Pitino actually has some push behind him for the UCLA job.....but honestly, after thinking about it.....if your AD was tough enough for the likely backlash, he is the one guy that could get UCLA back to a level they expect to be at in the college basketball landscape.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:23 pm    Post subject:

that Hilton Magic gets the best of #5 Kansas....as they go to Iowa State and get boat raced 77-60.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:06 am    Post subject:

I thought seeing him literally standing behind Tom Herman during the Sugar Bowl while he was calling plays was funny...but I think he actually thinks he is on staff...

http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=25809674
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