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Know the foe: UCLA

UCLA sophomore Jordin Canada is one of three Bruins who played in the 2014 McDonald's All-American Game.

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UCLA sophomore Jordin Canada is one of three Bruins who played in the 2014 McDonald's All-American Game.

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A look at No. 10 UCLA, which faces USF in Monday night's NCAA Tournament second-rounder in Los Angeles

Nickname: Bruins
Record: 25-8
RPI: 10
Record vs. top-50 RPI: 6-6
Conference: Pac-12
Coach: Cori Close (fifth season, 97-68)
The breakdown: In terms of style and stature, the Bruins stand in glaring contrast to Colorado State, USF's opening-round foe. Whereas the Rams ran a methodical motion offense with a lineup of 6-footers, the Bruins -- whose 74.2 points a game lead the Pac-12 -- will push the tempo with a smaller, more athletic lineup. The catalyst of UCLA's blistering pace is 5-foot-6 sophomore Jordin Canada (15.9 ppg, 5.8 assists, 2.3 steals), one of three Bruins who played in the 2014 McDonald's All-American game. Senior G Nirra Fields, UCLA's fourth all-time scorer, also averages double figures (15.7 ppg) and nearly had a double-double (16 points, eight rebounds) in Saturday's 66-50 triumph against Hawaii. The Bruins typically go nine players deep, but fifth-year senior Kacy Swain (6.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg) has missed the last six games with a knee injury.

Odds and ends: Before taking the UCLA job in 2011, Close spent seven years as a Sue Semrau assistant at FSU. ... Bruins 6-1 freshman Kennedy Burke (5.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg) was a member of the U.S. national team that won the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA under-17 World Championships in the Czech Republic. ... UCLA ranks 33rd nationally in turnover margin (plus-3.61). ... Junior Kari Korver, whose 63 3-pointers lead UCLA, is a younger cousion of former Creighton star and NBA journeyman Kyle Korver.

Jose Fernandez's take: "UCLA's got a very, very good basketball team. I think it's more of a traditional lineup. We couldn't play any of our bigs (against Colorado State) because of the five-out motion... I think it's going to be a different game and hopefully Kit (Laksa) continues to get better and she can give us more minutes on Monday night."

[Last modified: Sunday, March 20, 2016 2:24pm]

    

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