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Bruins heating up at right time

Updated: February 13, 2006, 2:20 PM ET
By Nancy Lieberman | Special to ESPN.com

One ill-timed injury can turn a season on its heels. Nobody knows that as well as UCLA.

Last season, the Bruins started out 11-5 and were ranked 19th in the country, resurrecting the program with nonconference wins over the likes of Purdue and Texas. But then, after one of the team's stars got hurt in mid-January, UCLA hit a downward spiral, finishing 5-7 down the stretch to miss the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons.

Twelve months later, however, UCLA's story ...

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