Who doesn’t love noon hoops? It’s the only reason I don’t weight 290, so we’ll try and do our wrap of Pac 12 games and links around noonish.
If you noticed my Twitter feed last night, I watched UCLA lose to Middle Tennessee State. It wasn’t even close. The Bruins are in disarray. They don’t defend. The guard play is atrocious. There is no chemistry. It’s like five strangers jumping on a team at the Y.
Here’s Ben Bolch’s game story from the LA Times
The Blue Raiders appeared to possess better athletes and played with more poise on both ends of the court on the way to their first 3-0 start in 10 years.
Middle Tennessee State also made shots, an art form that continued to elude the Bruins (0-2). The Blue Raiders buried their first nine three-point attempts and finished 10 of 11 (90.9%) from behind the arc.
They seemingly couldn’t miss from anywhere while making 35 of 49 shots (71.4%), building leads that swelled to as many as 22 points in the second half. Forward LaRon Dendy had 16 points and 13 rebounds as one of five Blue Raiders to score in double figures.
UCLA sophomore center Joshua Smith watched the final minute from the bench with a towel wrapped around his head, not that it could shield him from the reality unfolding around him.
“We just played two teams that outplayed us,” Smith said. “That’s all you can say.”
The Cal Bears, who I believe are the best team in the Pac 12, picked up a 17-point win over Austin Peay.
Stanford had a tougher game than expected against Colorado State, but rallied to advance to the NIT semifinals
The WCC continues to hammer the Pac 12, as Arizona State lost at home to Pepperdine