UCLA starts a “big week” on Thursday night against Oregon State.
Bruins coach Steve Alford says he’s prepared his team for an important week of basketball for the second ranked Pac-12 school.
“Our whole attention is on Oregon State. We’ve got to take this one game at a time. This is a big week for a lot of reasons,” Alford said, via UCLA’s Athletic Department.
It’s a meaningful week due to a couple of reasons. The Bruins (17-8, 8-5 in Pac-12) are just two games behind Arizona (20-6, 10-3 in Pac-12) in the conference. There’s still an outside chance for UCLA to win the conference. Additionally, the Bruins haven’t solidified their spot in the tournament.
UCLA will try to seek revenge against the Oregon schools. The Bruins traveled to Oregon early this season and were beaten by both schools in the Beaver State.
As it currently stands, UCLA is slated to be in the field of 68. Yet, that can change if the Bruins falter down the stretch. Alford doesn’t expect that to be the case.
UCLA will do battle with the state of Oregon this week. The team will play Oregon State on Thursday night and then face Oregon on Saturday. These next two games will also be the final home outings for Thomas Welsh, GG Goloman, Ikenna Okwarabizie and Alec Wulff. The four seniors will play at Pauley Pavilion for the last two times. They are hoping there’s still more college basketball left, preferably in the NCAA Tournament.