Bruins not planning on sharing title

first_imgAlthough a share for the Pac-10 title is already clinched, UCLA has no designs on leaving the state of Washington with only a piece of the crown. Instead, the Bruins want their 29th conference title to be theirs, and only theirs, and will do so with one more win. The first opportunity comes tonight when the second-ranked Bruins visit No. 13 Washington State, which is in second place. “You don’t play to tie,” UCLA junior guard Arron Afflalo said. “You play for the conference title, to win it by yourself.” The Bruins won the title last year by defeating Stanford on the regular season’s final day. A loss to the Cougars would mean UCLA (25-3, 14-2 Pac-10) would either have to win Saturday at Washington, or Washington State (23-5, 12-4) would have to lose to USC. Washington State can claim a share of the title if the Bruins lose both games and the Cougars beat the Trojans. Afflalo and Jordan Farmar were the driving forces behind UCLA’s run to the Final Four last season, but the play of center Ryan Hollins was a key ingredient. PULLMAN, Wash. – UCLA climbed to the top of the Pacific-10 standings and to second in the national rankings by being unselfish, not to mention talented. However, the Bruins do not plan on sharing this weekend. center_img The Muir High School graduate played the best basketball of his career in his final two months, and now junior center Lorenzo Mata wants to have the same type of impact. He is averaging 10.5 points and five rebounds in his last four games. “Hopefully, I can have that type of impact,” Mata said. “I talked to Ryan Hollins (Monday) night. I just have to have confidence and believe.” UCLA already secured the Pac-10’s top seed for next week’s tournament at Staples Center by virtue of a tie-breaker advantage over the Cougars. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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