Whicker: This year’s basketball Bruins have multiple weapons, ability to get better


ANAHEIM – Four big guys. Two point guards. Six shooters, depending on the night. Eight defenders, depending on how closely they listen to their coach.

At last UCLA might have a basketball team that doesn’t just add up, but multiplies.

The first four games were stretching exercises for the Bruins. So was the fifth, a breeze over Portland in the first round of the Wooden Legacy. But Nebraska was no speed bump in the semifinals, and neither was Texas A&M in the finals Sunday. Both were big-conference, big-bicep teams who were bent on making UCLA play 40 hard minutes, under different rules of engagement.

Now the Bruins are 7-0. They slogged past Nebraska Friday, and at Honda Center they held off the Aggies, 74-67, a game they seemingly had to win several times.

With 2:17 left they were tied, 65-65. Then UCLA got a block by Isaac Hamilton, a steal from Bryce Alford, a…


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