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Cronin went off on the refs in the postgame and is probably angling to get fined

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Thank you for the great write-up Dmitri - and I agree 💯 - fortunate enough to be at the game, we wanted to see the last Bruin game at McKale before zona joins their cultural matches Texas Tech and West Virginia in the Big12... Randomly got tickets next to Frisbee Davis and were exchanging 'holy crap' looks throughout... But knew the McKale calls would start to stack up and hoped we'd overcome it... I guess I'll take a 6-point loss today for a 6-point win in Vegas in early March!

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Also, for what it's worth, after being heckled by a drunk behind me much ud the 2nd half, got some satisfaction asking him where u of a keeps their Rose Bowl trophies :-) only after the zoo started the "f the bruins" chant - I hope we make them feel equally as welcome at Pauley!

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Dmitri, I would love to see more Mara. However, I think Ballo would have turned him into a speed bump. With these refs, Ballo could bowl him over and they’d call a flop on Mara. He needs a lot of strength work.

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Blowing a 17 point lead is not solely on the SPTRs.

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Jan 21·edited Jan 21

What is Nwuba good at? He has an illegal screen called on him every game and he always takes a Shaqtin a fool shot.

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Is it "clank" or "clang?" Asking for a friend.

No satisfaction in moral victories. They breed complacency.

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Zona focused on doubling down on Bona early in the game. The open players dropped there shots lights out. Bona got his dumb fouls away from the hoop, got in foul trouble and sat for much of the second where we couldn't but a basket like that blown dunk by Nwuba. That's what I saw. Az's plan was to stop Bona cuz we can't shoot from outside. They adapted.

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OT: CBS Sports reporting that several NFL teams looking at the Chipster for offensive coordinator. Would be nice!

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I am usually the first to complain about the refs, and usually do so in these threads… but for the first time in a long time, the disparity didn’t bother me as much. I agree that this team has played better basketball the last two games. The first half ucla were shooting over 50% and had made 7/11 3’s if I’m not mistaken? Zona was also missing everything.

In the second half, the 3’s weren’t falling, the only person driving to the hoop was Mack (as usual), and zona started to play the offense that they are known for. They have several capable veterans on their team including their UNC transfer. As much as I despise Larsson, he is a great player and could make his way to the nba at some point for his shooting alone. This makes them hard to defend, and they aren’t a small team and started pounding the paint and getting the ball inside where the refs were blowing their whistle.

The free throw disparity is the biggest stat in this game and does account for the difference. The next stat notable to me is the rebounding. Im curious if anyone else watches the bruins positioning on rebounding and wonder what they are being coached to do? Most teams that I watch in college get in a position inside their man when trying to get the defensive rebound. For whatever reason, ucla players don’t seem to look at their cover and try to establish the inside position. Instead they just stand where they are and look for the ball. Most of the time bona in particular is standing outside like he’s going for an offensive rebound? You all know I have minimal knowledge on these basketball topics, so maybe someone can explain why ucla defensive rebounding doesn’t look like any other defensive teams in the ncaa? Meaning, they don’t look for their guy first and box him out and then look for the rebound. This should be common sense at this point right?

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Officiating seems to be a problem with all sports. Particularly for the Home teams where they receive favorable calls. I still don’t understand why referees cannot be criticized for their terrible officiating. I think it’s a real problem. As we all learned, if judges are biased, what makes us think that the referees aren’t?

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