How far can Lonzo Ball take the UCLA Bruins in March Madness?
The Ball brothers have been talked about all over the internet for the past basketball season. You could make the argument that they have been the most hyped up basketball topic this year. Headlined by the oldest brother, 19-year-old 6 foot 6 Lonzo Ball, it would be a lie to say there is no pressure on him. From the millions of combined followers that Lonzo Ball and his younger brothers LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball have, any failure of meeting expectations for Lonzo could easily hurt the reputation of him and his brothers.
March Madness is the NCAA’s biggest tournament of the entire year with totals in the billions of dollars being bet by the people all over the world. These young men have the entire planet watching their every move. Not only do they have family, friends, fans and sports gamblers counting on them but they have their potential career as NBA players often riding on this tournament as well. By this point, you probably have a pretty good idea on how important this time of year is to these college basketball players and how it is no joke.
The question many people including myself are asking is “How far can Lonzo Ball take the UCLA Bruins”? Well, let’s have a look at how they stack up against the rest of the league. UCLA finished the season with a record of 29-4, which was 3rd best in the Pac-12 division and giving them a 3rd seed in the tournaments South region. UCLA is the highest scoring offense in the entire league, averaging 90.4 PPG. Add this to the fact that they have Lonzo Ball running their offence with a league leading 7.7 assist per game and you should be feeling good about things. Not only this but he also averaging an impressive 14.6 PPG, 6.1 RPG while shooting 54% from the field and 41% from three.
It may seem like Lonzo Ball and UCLA are a complete powerhouse but we should not ignore the fact that if they want to make it to the final four in March Madness, they will have to beat some serious teams. Standing in their way would be 2nd seed Kentucky with a record of 29-5 and 1st seed North Carolina with a record of 27-7. Many people would say that if UCLA doesn’t make the final four that it would be a big failure. However, many people would also say that if Lonzo Ball doesn’t bring UCLA a National Championship that it will also be a big letdown. Regardless of how this years hyped up, prospect full, world class tournament goes, Lonzo is sure to be a top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.