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Steve Alford: UCLA ready for Pac-12 play
Steve Alford: UCLA ready for Pac-12 play

UCLA basketball Coach Steve Alford said he feels his team is ready to begin Pac-12 Conference play Sunday against city rival USC. One thing that makes him very happy, Alford said, is that the Bruins' first three league games -- against the Trojans, top-ranked Arizona and well-regarded Arizona State -- will be at Pauley Pavilion. "At least we open at home," Alford said on the season's first Pac-12 teleconference Monday. "We're pretty healthy, we've played well at home, I hope we're ready to start the Pac-12 well." Alford said he's been happy that the team has responded each week as he's introduced new areas where he wanted it to...

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