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UCLA has an opportunity to do something it hasnt done in more than 20 years when the second-ranked Bruins play host to Western Michigan on Wednesday at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.If the Bruins (12-0) beat the Broncos (3-7), they will conclude nonconference play with a perfect record for the first time since the 1994-95 season. That team went 9-0 in nonconference competition and also fared pretty well in the postseason, winning six consecutive NCAA Tournament games to capture the programs 11th national championship.I know what I have, UCLA coach Steve Alford said. Ive got a really good group of guys to coach, (and) theyre a pretty good basketball team right now. Were trying to become a great basketball team, and thats a process. Thats a journey.That journey has already produced wins over Nebraska, Texas A&M, then-No. 1 Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio State. The Bruins are leading the nation in field-goal percentage (55.4), assists (285) and assists per game (23.8). They are second in the nation in scoring, averaging 96.9 points per contest.The Bruins might be at their best when theyre running and gunning, but theyve also survived tough tests against bigger, more physical opponents that tried to dictate a slower tempo. Ohio State had some success with that strategy early in Saturdays CBS Sports Classic, but the Bruins pulled away to win 86-73.Weve seen a lot of different styles and a lot of teams have done different things to us, Alford said. I dont know if its all of them, but I think weve gone against enough that, as weve got one more 40-minute task before we get into league play, I think were best prepared.T.J. Leaf is averaging 17.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for UCLA. Isaac Hamilton averages 17.3 points per contest. Four other players are also scoring in double figures for the Bruins, including Lonzo Ball, a freshman point guard who averages 14.3 points and 8.7 assists.The Broncos are also in the midst of a season they wont soon forget, but for all the wrong reasons. They lost six of their first eight games and then learned that one of their own had been implicated in a homicide investigation.On Dec. 9, Joeviair Kennedy was arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of Jacob Ryan Jones, a 19-year-old Western Michigan student who was shot to death Dec. 8. Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins called Jones death a devastating loss for our university and a devastating tragedy for everybody involved.Kennedy has been removed from the team, suspended from the university and scrubbed from the teams website. A day after Kennedy was taken into custody, the Broncos banded together to beat James Madison University 74-67.In any adversity, the basketball court for a competitor is therapeutic, Hawkins said. It really wasnt that hard for those guys once we were on the court. They handled it very well.Western Michigan is led by Thomas Wilder, who is averaging 16.1 points per game. Tucker Haymond averages 13.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists.Former UCLA standout Larry Farmer will return to Pauley Pavilion as an assistant coach with the Broncos. Farmer was a member of UCLAs national championship teams in 1971, 1972 and 1973. He had two stints as an assistant coach at UCLA before returning to serve as head coach from 1982-84. Washington Redskins DaRon Payne Jersey . The return match will take place next Wednesday. Udinese leads Fiorentina 2-1 in the other semifinal. Napoli staged a second-half comeback from two goals down after Gervinhos opener and a stunning strike from Kevin Strootman. 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BERLIN -- Pressure is mounting on Werder Bremen coach Viktor Skripnik after his side surrendered the lead and lost its third straight game.Skripniks side was defeated 2-1 at home to Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday. That came after a 6-0 rout by Bayern Munich on the opening weekend of the league, and Bremen was also knocked out in the first round of the German Cup by a third-division side.Against Augsburg, Bremen struggled to create chances despite former Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry impressing on his debut for the club.Skripnik fielded the highly-rated Gnabry, 21, with injuries ruling out forwards Claudio Pizarro, Max Kruse and Justin Eilers.A penalty from Aron Johannsson just before the break gave Bremen a halftime lead but Jeffrey Gouweleeuw and Konstantinos Stafylidis scored for Augsburg to celebrate its first league win of the season.Alfred Finnbogason almost put the visitors ahead around the half-hour mark when he broke free and chipped Bremen `keeper Felix Wiedwald, only to see his effort go just wide from a difficult angle.Gnabry showed a glimpse of his potential with some brilliant play to set up Fin Bartels, who wasted the chance by blazing over.But Johannsson made no mistake from the penalty spot in first-half injury time. Martin Hinteregger conceded it on his Augsburg debut by bringing down ZZlatko Junuzovic.ddddddddddddIt was as good as it got for Bremen.Gouweleeuw equalized early in the second half, grabbing his first Bundesliga goal from a central position after a corner, and Greek defender Stafylidis scored what proved to be the winner with a fine free kick in the 74th.Caiuby missed a good chance to seal the result minutes later, but his side got through five minutes of injury time to claim its first points.---MAINZ 4, HOFFENHEIM 4Andrej Kramaric was the influential figure as Hoffenheim recovered from a three-goal deficit to draw 4-4 at Mainz.The home side raced into a commanding lead with two goals from Argentine striker Pablo De Blasis in the opening 23 minutes and another from Jhon Cordoba four minutes later.Sandro Wagner pulled one back in the 39th minute only for Levin Oztunali to restore Mainz three-goal advantage before the break.But Hoffenheim was given a boost when Gaeten Bussmann was sent off as the last defender for bringing down Kramaric in the 57th.Kramaric set up Mark Uth to score in the 71st, and the Hoffenheim forward grabbed his second a minute later.There was still time for Kramaric to set up Adam Szalai for the equalizer with six minutes remaining. 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