"People frequently ask me what is wrong with the UCLA Bruins, and I tell them the answer is simple: The talent at UCLA isn't what it used to be," said cable basketball analyst Dick Vitale, a former college and pro coach. "You've got Kenny Fields, a fine offensive forward, but after that, show me a really outstanding player.
"They're used to having great teams at UCLA. Nostalgia is nice, but Mr. [John Wooden] couldn't win 10 in a row today. The teams are better. The average UCLA fan has overrated the players."
UCLA won its next seven games before falling to Oregon at Eugene Jan. 14. After a romp over California at Pauley, Louisville beat the Bruins on national television. Later that week, UCLA escaped with a 75-69 overtime win over Southern Cal.