There should be fewer creampuffs for
The Bruins’ non-conference schedule prepared them well for conference play. Of course, that’s provided that conference is the
But Coach Steve Alford wants something meaty, something chewy when gearing up for the
"We want to play elite teams," Alford said. "One of the reasons you come to UCLA is to play elite teams. It's what our players want."
It helps when the postseason rolls around, not in whether the Bruins get in the
Still, there is more to it than klieg-light moments, Alford said.
"It's not just building a resume, but, more importantly, it's getting ready for league play," he said.
UCLA had a 4-2 record against teams that had winning records in non-conference play. The four wins came against mid-majors that may or may not win their conferences:
The Bruins lost to top-ranked
"When you have 15 tapes to scout [conference] teams, everyone knows each other," said Alford, who pointed to Arizona's schedule.
“They played two games in
UCLA's only nonconference games scheduled for 2014-15 are in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. North Carolina, Florida, Georgetown, Wisconsin, Butler, Oklahoma and Alabama Birmingham are also in that tournament.