Brandon Roy

Battle of star freshmen goes as advertised, but UCLA's Ball gets more support

Battle of star freshmen goes as advertised, but UCLA's Ball gets more support

 In the days leading up to the most hyped individual matchup of freshmen in the Pac-12 Conference in years, Lonzo Ball insisted that what he did against Markelle Fultz shouldn’t be the primary talking point.

“People are going to say what they want,” Ball said of the battle involving the players who could be the top two picks in the NBA draft four months from now. “I’ll go out there and play UCLA versus Washington.”

The Bruins freshman point guard was on to something. A supporting cast matters.

With Ball and Washington’s Fultz largely canceling each other out with their brilliance, it was Ball’s teammates who made the difference as the No. 11 Bruins obliterated the...

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