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Wear twins hurting the Bruins

Updated: January 7, 2012, 2:55 PM ET
By Doug Gottlieb

As an analyst, I spend a lot of time talking with head and assistant coaches about what's happening with their teams and others in their conference. The insight provides a great perspective into what's going on around the country. With that in mind, here's what I'm hearing in regards to some of the programs and players that have made news of late.

• "[The UCLA Bruins] made the same mistake as North Carolina in taking both Wear twins," one assistant coach said to me. "They are both good players, solid and capable, but they are essentially the same guy, so they either cannibalize each other's minutes or play together and upset the apple cart. Meanwhile, they aren't really good enough to both be on the court for 30 minutes and win big in a high-major league."

As a side note, several schools, like the Arizona Wildcats (when they had a different staff than now, obviously), told me that they only offered one twin or the other, but were rebuffed at the time. It's worth noting that Roy Williams had the worst season of his career when both David Wear and Travis Wear were playing for him, and now, so too is Ben Howland with the Wears playing major minutes.

Does that mean the twins are the sole cause for these struggles? No. But on the other hand, their presence certainly looks like one key factor in the lack of achievement for both teams.


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