Bruins won't be easy

With the Pac-10 tournament bracket set, Arizona looks to defeat UCLA for a third time this season. At first glance, many may think that this is going to be an easy win for the Wildcats due in large part to the fact that the UA has handled the Bruins in the first two meetings.

With the Pac-10 tournament bracket set, Arizona looks to defeat UCLA for a third time this season.

At first glance, many may think that this is going to be an easy win for the Wildcats due in large part to the fact that the UA has handled the Bruins in the first two meetings.

However, a closer look reveals a major challenge for Arizona.

As history shows, it is very difficult to beat any team three times in a season. In order to do that, one team has to usually be much better than the other.

In the case of the Bruins and Wildcats, that simply is not the case.

Arizona needed a major comeback in the second meeting, as it struggled defensive in the first half. If history repeats itself on Thursday, it is going to be a bit more difficult for Arizona to make a comeback in a tournament atmosphere.

The biggest question surrounding the game as of now has more to do with UCLA and less with Arizona.

It was evident in Saturday's loss to Arizona State that the Bruins do not seem to have much left in the tank both physically and emotionally. As some may suggest, it had nothing to do with being tired and everything to do with a) not being a good enough team and b) not being mentally prepared.

In terms of wanting to win and play in general, Arizona and UCLA seem to be headed in two different directions. The Wildcats are on a winning streak and happy to be where it is, while UCLA seemingly just wants the season to end as soon as possible.

This obviously could play in Arizona's favor, but it could also hurt the UA if UCLA takes the mentality of having absolutely nothing to lose.

Either way, this game surely is not going to be an easy one for either team and Arizona is going to need to play a strong game if it is going to advance in the tournament and keep its postseason hopes alive.

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