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Men's College Basketball
Preview
UCLA vs UAB
When: 10:30 PM ET, Friday, November 28, 2014
Where: Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort, Nassau

UCLA coach Steve Alford's message for his team is patience and that will continue to be the missive as the Bruins prepare for UAB in their final game of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas, on Friday. The Bruins had their chances against Oklahoma in the first round but lost 75-65 then ran into a buzz saw in North Carolina and were defeated 78-56. Ball security was a colossal problem against the Tar Heels as UCLA finished with seven assists against 23 turnovers.

“Our guard play wasn’t very good, our frontcourt wasn’t very good,” Alford told reporters. “And that’s not a very good combination.” The Bruins are defeated – at least for the time being – by anticipated concerns: Inexperience and lack of depth. The same goes for UAB, which at least showed signs of life in its loss to Florida one day after suffering a humiliating 29-point loss to Wisconsin.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, AXS TV

ABOUT UAB (2-4): It was assumed the Blazers would leave the Bahamas 0-3, but they gave Florida quite a scary for nearly 35 minutes. UAB committed 16 turnovers against Florida, which converted them into 24 points. Brown is the only consistent scorer, but Tosin Mehinti matched Brown with 12 points while the others combined for 23.

ABOUT UCLA (4-2): Limiting turnovers will go a long way in assisting the Bruins' offense. The backcourt of Norman Powell, Bryce Alford - the coach’s son - and Isaac Hamilton combined for 18 turnovers and five assists. Despite their youth, the Bruins are a quality rebounding team and could be better if Kevon Looney can stay on the floor and not on the bench in foul trouble.

TIP-INS

1. The Blazers have a combined 10 freshmen and sophomores on the roster.

2. Looney, one of the nation’s top rebounders, picked up his fourth foul six seconds into the second half Thursday.

3. UCLA’s reserves were outscored 28-11 by North Carolina.

PREDICTION:
Florida 60, UAB 49
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
UCLA 4-2 L2 4-0 0-0 0-2 0-1 4-1 0-0
UAB 2-4 L2 2-2 0-0 0-2 1-0 1-4 0-0
Last Meeting
UCLA UAB
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/29/97 UAB 72 UCLA 86 86 29 49.1 72 31 43.1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
UCLA N/A
UAB N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
UCLA N/A
UAB N/A
Assists Player  
UCLA N/A
UAB N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
UCLA B. Alford 109 44.3 24
UAB R. Brown 68 35.2 11
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
UCLA K. Looney 69 33 36
UAB C. Washington 28 8 20
Assists Player  
UCLA B. Alford 44
UAB N. Norton 31
Quickchart Matchup
UCLA Off vs  UAB Defense
83.7 Points For
65.0 Points Against
46.0 FG%
44.9 FG%
41.5 Reb
34.6 Reb
UAB Off vs  UCLA Defense
56.8 Points For
73.2 Points Against
37.9 FG%
41.1 FG%
34.6 Reb
32.2 Reb