5. UCLA Bruins (12-10, 5-4 Pac-12) LW: 6
When matched up against the Washington schools, the Pac-12 has experienced a sort of regularity up to the halfway point of the season.
You travel up to Seattle, lose to the unbeaten Huskies and travel a few hours to Pullman and roll over the Cougars for a victory.
The Bruins followed this pattern to a tee as they split last week’s road series to stay in the middle of the pack in the Pac-12.
In the team’s first matchup, UCLA failed to even give themselves a chance against the top team in the conference, Washington, behind troubles holding to the ball.
It was 18 first-half turnovers that limited a usually high-flying Bruins offense, as the team had 23 shot attempts compared to 18 giveaways in the first half.
This, in turn, slowed down UCLA’s offense, as they were barely able to cross the 50-point mark in the 69-55 loss.
The poor offensive showing is a sort of microcosm for the team’s four Pac-12 losses, as the Bruins have struggled severely in these games. They average 65.3 points per game and have only broke the 70-point mark once.
On the flip side, UCLA’s offense has been lights out in victories, averaging 90.8 points per game, a near 26-point swing from their average in losses.
The team’s offense will be put to the test this weekend with matchups against Colorado and Utah at home.