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UCLA isn't ready to beat Kentucky just yet but there's time to improve
UCLA isn't ready to beat Kentucky just yet but there's time to improve

Steve Alford acknowledges that the UCLA men’s basketball team won’t be among the best in the nation when this season starts. On paper, the Bruins aren’t the best team in the Pac-12. Right now, they are too young, and there are too many unknowns. So at Pac-12 Media Day on Thursday, Alford hinted at patience. The UCLA of the first half could look a lot different than the team at the end of the year. That’s a reasonable approach to take. The problem is its unforgiving nonconference schedule. UCLA will play Gonzaga, Kentucky — No. 1 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll — and a loaded Battle 4 Atlantis tournament schedule, which includes a game against...

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