I really have mixed feelings on the UCLA game yesterday. Sorry I couldn’t get anything up earlier, I was up at the Palace watching MSU and Oakland’s games. Mostly I think the UCLA game proved that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A few thoughts on the game.
First, it was a great defensive effort until the last 10 minutes or so. We were playing with and beating a top 10 team. Once UCLA started coming back this team folded somewhat, but the thing here is that this team is so young that they don’t know how to close out games. UCLA has been to two straight Final Fours and just flat out knows how to win close games.
DeShawn had a great fist half, although in the first half it seemed like we were just jacking up whatever three we could, there were some terrible shots. Then they started going in and we were up three at the half. The crowd at Crisler was electric until UCLA tied. I was disappointed that the fans just died when UCLA tied the game. Thats the time when the fans have to be the most into it and give their team a lift.
What this game proves to me is that we have a chance to play with just about anyone at home but we also have a chance to lose to just about anyone. It’s going to be a long season but I think the development of this team. Never want to say theres such thing as a good loss, but this one didn’t hurt as much as some others.