The Pac-10 champion UCLA Bruins are the first of the Final Four teams out on the court of the Alamodome for pratice.
Before taking the floor, we heard a bit from the Bruins, who are back for their third consecutive Final Four, hoping for a title this time.
A couple of early thoughts:
GUARD DARREN COLLISON on Memphis guard Derrick Rose:
For what he has done as a freshman, it ha been phenomenal. To be a point guard and lead your team to the Final Four in your first year is a real accomplishment.
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GUARD JOSH SHIPP on the keys to beating Memphis
We have to play good transition defense, control the tempo and limit their fast-break points. They go for the gamble on defense, so we need to stay in control of the tempo and not let them speed us up."
(As I type, Kevin Love is firing length-of-the-court, chest-flicked, two-handed shots at the basket at the far end. So far he's reaching his target, but nothing in the hole yet. But the crowd is into it.)