So after a 2-5 start to a season that looked like a lost cause, the Bruins fixed some things (read: dismissed Reeves Nelson) and are on a 5-game win streak, now 7-5 on the season.
Sure, only one of those games came against a not-crappy opponent in Richmond (their most recent win), but the important thing to note is that this team is riding a hot streak going into a weekend which will see them play against Stanford and Cal (two of the top three teams in the Pac-12) tonight and Saturday night respectively. Cal is 10-3 on the year, Stanford is 10-2, while tonight marks the opening of Pac-12 conference play.
To open up the season, the Bruins were considered the favorite to win the conference. After a shoddy start, they can catapult themselves into contention for the first time all year, especially now that all teams are 0-0 in-conference.
Of course, implications aside, both Cal and Stanford are beatable especially since our Bruins have a hell of an advantage inside (if Travis and David Wear can get their shizz together, and if Josh Smith can be as active as he can be). Though our backcourt is a bit more of a question mark, the talent available to us (although Lazeric Jones was hurt along with backup Normal Powell; both will play on bum ankles, but neither figure to be 100 percent) is formidable enough for us to keep up with the incumbents at Stanford.
Regardless, the Bruins need — and can obtain — a “W” leaving Palo Alto on Thursday night. Hopefully, they’ll give us a belated Christmas present.