UCLA sent a message to the college basketball world with their 82-60 win over Arizona. The Wildcats came in hot, winners of fourt straight, and left licking their wounds. UCLA remained hot and has a legitimate shot at a number one ranking.
The Bruins shot 57% from the field, while limiting the Cats to just 48%.
Everything UCLA did seemed to work. Offensively they created easy buckets, defensively they prevented the Wildcats from doing what they wanted. The Wildcats came into the game as the Pac-10's top three-point shooting team and managed to shoot just nine long balls, making just two.
Kevin Love proved he is the frontrunner for Pac-10 Player of the Year. The 6-10 freshman scored 26 points, grabbed 11 points and only played 28 minutes. Russell Westbrook added 21 for the Bruins.
Jerryd Bayless led the Wildcats with 13, while Nic Wise chipped in 12.
The game was tied at five early on, but the Bruins went on a 18-3 run to break things open. From there the Bruins were in control and led by as many as 32 before Arizona trimmed the lead against the UCLA bench.
UCLA moves to 20-2 overall and 8-1 in the conference. They lead Stanford by two games.
Arizona drops to 15-7, 5-4 in the Pac-10 and tied for third with Washington State and USC.