Friday, March 09, 2007

no one wants it that badly.


UCLA certainly didn't. These are the games we watch because we love seeing upsets like this in conference tournaments and the NCAAs, and Cal's upset didn't disappoint, unless you've seen what UCLA is capable of, and knew that wasn't even close to it. I've always been on the UCLA bandwagon due to geographic loyalties (same with SC), but watching the little things, like bricking free throws, was tough. At least Arron Afflalo copped to underperforming. You can't slam someone for admitting his complicity in a loss.

"It's hard to swallow, that's for sure," he said. "It's going to be a long week. The way I played tonight was a majority of the reason why we lost."

Afflalo scored his only field goal of the game to open overtime, but he never connected again. The Bruins watched as shots hit the rim and the Bears' offensive momentum continued unabated.

Afflalo, who prides himself on being UCLA's top defensive player, guarded Ubaka.

"What did he get, 29 points? That's unacceptable," Afflalo said. "It was my guy who was going above and beyond. I don't want to make an excuse for it. I'll make the adjustments."

Love that. Really do, but this is why I'm not completely with UCLA. They play lockdown defense almost all of the time, but like all good teams, they get complacent at bad times occasionally.

2 comments:

Mini Me said...

Afflalo you were great last night. You certainly showed why you deserve to be considered for the POY award.

Signal to Noise said...

Gotta love sarcasm.