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Basketball: Bruins are 5-0 without Nelson

By Jeff Faraudo
Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 10:32 pm in Basketball, Pac-12 news.

Only one Pac-12 team in action today besides Cal . . .

   — UCLA 71, Richmond 63: The Bruins (7-5) got 16 points from senior guard Lazeric Jones and double-figure scoring from four other players to improve to 5-0 since Reeves Nelson was booted from the team. Travis Wear, recovered from a skin infection in his foot, added 14 points on 6 for 9 shooting.

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  • SteveNTEXAS

    Jeff I see these threads about UCLA w/out Nelson and are you presenting an interesting coincidence or are you claiming there is a causal relationship here (ie he was disruptive or he played in place of a better player).
    To do the latter you might have to show the caliber of teams UCLA played with Nelson vs those after he left.

  • Will

    Steve – look at the caliber of some of the teams they lost to with Nelson.

  • Yoda

    I have no doubt that they will play better without the distraction, but they haven’t played anyone since Nelson left the team. We’ll see next week how good they are.

  • B

    Richmond isn’t terrible. Winning fairly close games against a team like UR doesn’t suggest they’re good, though.

  • Jai

    I don’t think it matters in the grand scheme. UCLA sucks period.