UCLA can send message to committee with win at Arizona

Unfortunately for the UCLA basketball team, some of its harshest critics are the only critics that matter.

The NCAA Tournament committee wasn’t swayed by UCLA’s lofty ranking when it deemed the Bruins 15th in the nation and projected them as a No. 4 seed in their preliminary bracket two weeks ago.

No. 5 UCLA’s best remaining chance to change their minds is Saturday night at No. 4 Arizona.

If the committee subscribes to the theory that the more difficult the circumstances, the more convincing a victory would be for the Bruins, Arizona is holding up its end in that department.

The last 21 opponents to enter the McKale Center have left with a loss. Arizona has the top scoring defense in the Pac-12 Conference. Allonzo Trier, whose first game of the season was a 96-85 win at UCLA Jan. 21, appears to be hitting his stride. The Wildcats top returning scorer served a…

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