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Nice write up, Dmitri. The kids played with energy from the opening tip. If they continue down this road, there will be growth. It’s unlikely to be linear and will likely have some head scratching defeats and the claims that Mick Cronin isn’t a good coach will return. They come out after any loss like worms after a rainstorm.

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No aday mara. Was he injured, or just benched?

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My message to Bruinbaskets: There will likely be more dark days between now and March. By all means, please keep your temper in check. Don't throw in the towels yet. Things will work out.

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it seemed like pace was a huge factor for us. We were able to establish defense which helped us to control our offensive pace, allowing us to move the ball around efficiently while working an inside-out game for most of the second half. The pace of the U Dub offense helped us out as well, as they are not a frenetic fast-break team. I love how Bona was finally able to truly establish his post game, and he showed us several different looks, including a beautiful left-handed soft hook in the post. It is crazy that he had so few rebounds, though.

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Of course you do. It didn't surprise me. It is not that you " rather enjoy it ". Our past difference on Kelly is what perpetuated your current view.

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Thanks for the write up, Dmitri! It's nice to savor a win. I thought that Berke pick his game up and was very energetic, not Jaime energy, but still moving a lot.

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He ought to have been replaced at a time when UCLA granted him an extension instead. In retrospect, I was indeed right all along. Everything happened since then proved it. Nevertheless, the past is the past. We all have to hunker down for what is likely a horrendously cold, losing season in the midwest come this fall. By the way, alums received a New Year message link to directly address our outgoing chancellor. I credited him for so much he has done for UCLA academically except for our football program. He apparently read our messages and I received a polite, rather diplomatic reply the other day. He said our donations are greatly appreciated and predicted our bruin football fans many happy, successful seasons in a new administration. To me, the wordings said it all.

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Jan 15·edited Jan 15

Thank you for the perspective of your experience, Dmitri. The "curse of close losses" is often that they let an athlete or team not let themselves really see what's wrong "'cause we're so close, everything's fine" and a close loss to Marquette becomes a close loss to CSUN... getting embarrassed is a shock to the system that forces one to look in the mirror and choose either to quit or to "get real", embrace your pride, and fight.

So glad and gratifying to watch the Bruins individually and collectively choose the latter - bodes well for the future for this group since its a precondition for the growth that's needed. On to the Arizonas!

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That you have to directly address UC Board of Regents and its hiring personnel about it. I was merely telling people what I did regarding the chancellor's link for donors and alums soliciting our New Year messages. As I said, we made it clear granting the extension was a sad, sad mistake.

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