UCLA's maturity, toughness have Bruins on right road

The Bruins have quietly established their credentials as the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and the most mature team in America, writes Pat Forde.

Originally Published: March 1, 2007
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The road verus the ranked has been a mismatch down the stretch of this college basketball season.

Florida has been steamrolled its last three games away from Gainesville. North Carolina is sliding, taking consecutive road losses. Texas A&M just hiccupped in Austin; Wisconsin did the same in Columbus; Georgetown went down in Syracuse; Nevada was upset in Logan by Utah State.

And then there is UCLA. While many of the rest of America's power teams are soiling their ...

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