UCLA wins Wooden Legacy, sets stage for showdown with No. 1 Kentucky

UCLA beat Texas A&M 74-67 in Sunday’s Wooden Legacy title game.

The Bruins are now 7-0.

Here are three things to know:

1. Lonzo Ball is terrific

I wrote about Lonzo Ball and his family two summers ago and always figured he’d be terrific in college. But, truth is, the 6-foot-6 point guard has been better than even I anticipated. He finished with 16 points, 10 assists and five rebounds against Texas A&M while earning tournament MVP honors. He’s now averaging 16.0 points, 9.1 assists and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 48.6 percent from 3-point range. Ball is leading the nation in assists and completely changing how UCLA plays and carries itself. He looks like somebody who could be a top-five pick in June’s NBA Draft.

2. UCLA is shooting well from beyond the arc

Ball wasn’t, and isn’t, the only Bruin doing damage from 3-point range. Bryce Alford hit a massive 3-pointer with 71 seconds remaining against Texas A&M to make it a two-possession game; he finished 2-of-5 from beyond the arc. Aaron Holiday was 2-of-3. And UCLA, as a team, was 12-of-26. Add it up, and the Bruins are making 45.2 percent of their 3-point attempts this season. That ranks fifth nationally — behind only Creighton (48.2 percent), Charlotte (47.1 percent), Houston (45.7 percent) and Ohio (45.3 percent).

3. Saturday is going to be huge

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