Dylan Hernandez: UCLA's woeful offense needs a Mick Cronin overhaul to be Final Four worthy

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LOS ANGELES — The shot clock about to expire, David Singleton heaved the ball from a step or two inside of the half-court line, his effort striking the top of the backboard.

UCLA was desperate.

UCLA was lost.

On this night, the result was secondary to the details.

The part about No. 8 UCLA dropping a game at USC was nothing new, the Bruins now having lost in each of their last five visits to Galen Center.

What was alarming about the 77-64 defeat Thursday was how their offense looked.


This wasn't a Final Four offense.

This certainly wasn't a championship offense.

"We're no juggernaut," coach Mick Cronin said.

The Bruins were as short on ideas. They didn't move the ball. They didn't move off the ball. If they weren't settling for jumpers, they were forcing up shots.


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