Yesterday's UCLA-Texas game from Reliant Stadium in Houston was billed as a battle between two college basketball heavyweights. For the 2,797 who showed up (it was, we hear, even less than that in reality) it was instead a bout between lousy squads that are but a shadow of the competitive teams they once were.

In the end, UCLA pulled out a 65-63 victory. Things might have been different if not for this five-point turnaround after a missed Julien Lewis layup—one that sent Dick Vitale off a cliff of good-natured criticism. The loss dropped Texas to 5-4, and Rick Barnes's road won't get any easier—they have games coming up against Michigan State and North Carolina. [ESPN]