UCLA: Matthew Bryan-Amaning

UCLA to face Washington in key Pac-10 game

December, 30, 2010
12/30/10
7:41
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So now we find out what this year's UCLA basketball team is really made of.

Defeating Brigham Young was a good win and taking Kansas to the final second created some good feelings, but when Washington visits Pauley Pavilion on Friday at 1 p.m. for a New Year's Eve showdown, it marks UCLA's most important game of the season.


The Huskies (8-3, 1-0) were a Sweet 16 team last season and are the preseason pick to win the conference title. Washington has won eight consecutive games against Pac-10 opponents and a school-record five consecutive conference road games.

That makes this a crucial test for a young UCLA squad that is on a six-game win streak but still needs to prove it has the goods to contend for the conference title.

"This is obviously a huge game because they are a very good team," UCLA coach Ben Howland said.

Washington reached as high as No. 11 in the nation earlier this season, but dropped out of the polls after losing close games to No. 12 Kentucky and No. 19 Michigan State in the Maui Invitational and then dropping a one-point game at No. 18 Texas A&M.

Howland said he still views the Huskies as a top-ranked team.

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