Today in the bag, I'll be taking a deeper look at the UCLA result, checking in with the CU women, and teasing signing day action.
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A rough end for the LA road trip -
Just before halftime of Saturday's matchup with UCLA, it struck me how similar the game was to the Stanford one from two weeks ago. Both teams were shooting lights out (combined 57%), and defenses couldn't keep up. I kept my mouth shut, hoping that the second half would see the Buffs make some defensive adjustments. Unfortunately, much like in Palo Alto, the second half was a disaster on both sides of the ball.
The final read 77-60, UCLA, but it could've been much worse. The LA swing, which had started in so much promise with a breezy win over USC, ended with a rather disappointing split.
|UCLA just out worked CU Saturday afternoon. From: the Deseret News|
I can't help but notice the second half similarities coming on the back-end of the first two Pac-12 road trips of the season. Earlier in the year, I wondered what the effect of the Thursday-Saturday turnaround would be; it looks like the final 20 minutes of the weekend are a hard wall to run through.
|Second half struggles on the road are becoming a trend. From: the LA Times|
CU women fight to their own split with the LA schools -
While the men cruised past USC Thursday night, the women went down to the wire with the Trojans, winning on a pair of late free throws from star Chucky Jeffery. The 69-67 final was indicative of a very competitive game, which featured 14 lead changes and 11 ties. Jeffery combined with Brittany Wilson to drop 40 points on USC.
|The action was tight all weekend long at the CEC. From: the BDC|
Plans for Signing Day -
Much like last year, I'll be teaming up with the crazies from Allbuffs for a recruiting wrap up. Details to follow, but be sure to check back on Wednesday for plenty of talk about the newest members of the football program.