Steve Alford, usually first to meet with the media, was last, appearing about 20 minutes later than normal as he stepped out of a Pauley Pavilion corridor on Thursday.
UCLA’s basketball coach wasn’t running late so much as he had been held up. Four of his players wanted to spend extra time reviewing game footage, seeking ways to improve.
Never mind that the Bruins had beaten top-ranked Kentucky five days earlier, there were issues to address. Too many turnovers. Suspect transition defense. More missed free throws than usual.
The players saw their mistakes unfold, again and again, and desired pointers on correcting them.
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