In 2009 six of ten Pac-10 schools made the NCAA Tournament. In the three years since only eight schools have made the dance, and last year the top seed (Colorado) was an 11.
UCLA, for their part, hasn't been a 1-seed since 2008. And the Pac-12 (or Pac-10) - right or wrong - goes as UCLA goes. In the ACC if Duke or UNC are down then the conference is perceived as being down. The same holds true with UCLA and the Pac-12. And UCLA has been down. Way down.
But that all changed when the nations consensus No. 2 recruit (Shabazz Muhammad) and No. 3 recruit (Kyle Anderson) committed to the Bruins. Those two are joined by Tony Parker (No. 19) and Jordan Adams (No. 68) in what is easily the best recruiting class in the nation.
Hope - and a bit of swagger - are back at Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins lost Lazeric Jones and Jerime Anderson out of their back court who were solid, but unspectacular players. Now they have Larry Drew (transfer from UNC) and Muhammad to step in to those roles...