UCLA clinches share of Pac-12 title; one win from outright championship
UCLA clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 regular-season championship on Saturday, its first regular-season league crown since the 2012-13 season.
On their day off, the Bruins were gifted a share of the title by Arizona State, which handed No. 7 Arizona an 89-88 loss at home on a 55-foot buzzer-beating heave from Desmond Cambridge Jr.
UCLA shared the news on social media with a plain statement that felt a little Kobe-esque in tone.
The Bruins have secured a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title.#GoBruins | @pac12 🏀 pic.twitter.com/w9C98MC0T1
— UCLA Men’s Basketball (@UCLAMBB) February 25, 2023
Job’s not finished.
The Bruins can win the title outright on Sunday against Colorado. Or they can win it outright next Thursday against Arizona State. Or they can win it outright next Saturday against Arizona. One more win and UCLA won’t have to share.
And it doesn’t want to share.
“We don’t want to split it. You want to get it. I mean, that’s the reason we came here,” said guard Jaylen Clark on Tuesday. “I know it ain’t been done since 2013, so that’d be a huge accomplishment for us.”
The fourth-ranked Bruins (24-4, 15-2 Pac-12) take on Colorado in Boulder at 1 p.m. PT on Sunday. The game can be seen on CBS.