UCLA has hope
The Bruins finally got a statement win on Thursday night when they took down the Utes 69-59. UCLA has the sixth-best defensive efficiency in conference play, but they turned it up against Utah and let that unit lead them to an upset. Norman Powell anchored the group and contained Delon Wright and led the Bruins in scoring with 23 points. Utah didn't exactly put forth the most energized effort, but UCLA deserves credit as they limited an offense that averages 74 points per game and is top 25 in the nation in efficiency to 59 points. Utah averaged 1.00 points per possession and committed 14 turnovers.
After taking down Utah, the Bruins didn't suffer a letdown as they beat Colorado 72-59. Powell scored 22 points and led UCLA once again. The two victories give the Bruins a chance, albeit very slim, to make the NCAA Tournament. It's highly likely that the Pac-12 will only get three teams in, barring an underdog winning the Pac-12 Tournament, but if there were one team that has the talent to go on a run, it's UCLA.
And their remaining schedule is favorable. It features a road trip to the Bay Area, home games against the Oregon schools, on the road against the Arizona schools and a three-game home finale with the Washington schools and the Trojans. The only sure loss seems to be at Arizona. UCLA could go 8-1 over their final nine games, especially if they play the way they did this past week, which would put them on the bubble and in contention for at an-large bid.