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.
(You weren't expecting trash talk, were you?)
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.)