On the board in UCLA's locker room, just in case anyone forgot, the score from the Bruins' season opener is still written:
MONMOUTH 84, UCLA 81.
It was there when the team left for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Saturday, and it will be there when they get back.
"It will stay there all year," point guard Bryce Alford said, "as a reminder of what that felt like for us."
UCLA (2-1) has not yet put behind lingering frustration from the early loss, but a strong tournament in Hawaii would be a good way to erase the pain.
That would require UCLA to do something it hasn't yet since Steve Alford became coach: win a nonconference game as an...