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THE LEGEND IS FADING; UCLA BASKETBALL MONSTER CAN'T LIVE UP TO ITS FEROCIOUS PAST
Boston Globe (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Boston, Mass.
Author: United Press International
Date: Mar 11, 1984
Start Page: 1
Section: SPORTS
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"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.

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