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Lonzo Ball is ready to turn things around for Steve Alford at UCLA

The Bruins check in at No. 18 in our preseason countdown. It's always a good thing when a coach delivers a solid chunk of money to the program they represent. Unless, of course, that money comes from a coach returning the contract extension he'd just been given months earlier because he felt his team's performance in the succeeding season had been "unacceptable." Such was the case with UCLA head coach Steve Alford, who wrote a letter to Bruins fans in late March to announce that he would be returning a previously agreed-upon one-year extension to his contract that was set to keep him in Los Angeles through the 2020-21 season.
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