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#pounditTuesday, November 30, 2021

Steve Alford: Defense is keeping UCLA from taking next step

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Consistent defense continues to be an issue for UCLA, and Bruins head coach Steve Alford knows it.

UCLA lost at Utah 84-78 on Thursday night. The Bruins allowed the Utes to shoot 52.7 percent from the field for the game. There was a period in the final six minutes of the first half where Utah made five straight threes to build a lead (they went into halftime up 47-40).

After the game, Alford pointed to the defensive lapses by the Bruins and said that was preventing the team from taking the next step.

UCLA and Utah both now have 10-6 conference records in what’s been a down season for the Pac-12. Arizona is the only ranked team from the conference. The Bruins visit Colorado on Sunday, while Utah gets USC on Saturday.


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