Arizona is thrilled that Reeves Nelson won’t be in a UCLA uniform tonight, although the Bruins’ imposing size and height remains a concern.
UCLA still has the thunderous Joshua Smith, who is listed at 6-10, 305 pounds, as well as the Wear twins — Travis and David — who are long and versatile 6-10 forwards.
The Wildcats, even with Derrick Williams, failed to handle Nelson, who averaged 23.3 points and 12 rebounds in the past three meetings, shooting a ridiculous 28 of 34 from the field. UCLA coach Ben Howland booted Nelson from the team earlier this season.
Smith had 17 points and four rebounds against UA in last season’s game at UCLA, which is a good place to start as we look at three keys to the game.