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UCLA basketball bubble watch: Brackets have Bruins on First Four out, NIT top seed

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UCLA Bubble Watch: Pre-Pac-12 tournament [Ryan Kartje, Orange County Register]: "UCLA should be used to life on the bubble by now. After all, it's spent most of the season there, toeing the line between tournament team and NIT-bound, losing to good teams and winning against bad ones."

UCLA to start Pac-12 Tournament against Arizona State or USC [Jack Wing, Inside UCLA]: "Arizona State clinched the No. 5 seed today when it beat Cal and Stanford lost to Arizona. That matches the Sun Devils up against the 12th-seeded Trojans on Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena; the winner will advance to face No. 4-seeded UCLA."

UCLA Basketball: The Arizona Offense Paradox [Bruins Nation]: "The Bruins just might have to beat Arizona in the PAC-12 Tournament to get an NCAA bid -- if they can get by ASU or Stanford. We've said for years here that Arizona is a defense-first team, and their offense left a lot to be desired. That's why they can be beat. But is this true? Is their offense getting a bad rap?"

UCLA Basketball: Bruin Bracketology [Bruins Nation]: "UCLA is on everyone's bubble list. Unfortunately, the consensus is that they are on the wrong side of 68 team dividing line. We'll take a deep dive into the bubble. How would the Bruins get an NCAA bid? The community consensus sees the NIT in UCLA's near future. As of this writing, with 825 total votes, NIT bid leads NCAA by 53% to 47%."