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UCLA cruises past Colorado, 72-59
UCLA cruises past Colorado, 72-59

Late in Saturday's game, Colorado called timeout, and UCLA Coach Steve Alford ambled onto the court and put a hand in the air. His team, the same team that had allowed Oregon to shoot 75% in a half less than a week ago, was turning a once close game into a blowout. UCLA beat Colorado, 72-59, and they did it with defense. "This our best defensive stretch that we've had," Kevon Looney said. If the defensive effort Saturday seemed incompatible with the performance against Oregon, the context was helpful. One was on the road. The other at home. For UCLA, that has made all the difference this season. At home, UCLA (13-9 overall, 5-4 in Pac-12 Conference) averages 81...

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