Postgame: UCLA Bruins vs. Pacific Tigers

The Bruins obliterated the Tigers in their season opener by a score of 119-80 on November 11th. The offense was scorching hot as the Bruins shot 60.9% from the field and 60% from three. Bryce Alford led the team with 30 points on 9 of 13 shooting. Alford will be playing mostly off-ball this year so it was encouraging to see his efficiency from the floor. In their collegiate debuts, freshmen Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf impressed. Lonzo almost ended up with a triple-double (19 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds) that included a vicious alley-oop near the end of the 1st half on D.J. Ursery. Leaf displayed his versatility on the offensive end by knocking down 2 three-pointers and then also going inside and finishing buckets around the basket. He added 15 rebounds (9 defensive, 6 offensive) to go along with his 22 points.The Bruins have all the tools to be a remarkable offensive team this year. The question marks are on defense. It remains to be seen whether or not the Bruins will be able to defend against the more talented teams in the Pac-12, like Oregon and Arizona. After one game against an inferior opponent, it is difficult to assess if this team will be able to live up to expectations.

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