The UCLA Bruins get set for their trip to Houston tomorrow as they take on the Rice Owls to open the season on Thursday night. One of the things they'll have to learn firsthand is the muggy conditions the Bruins will have to deal with when they get off the plane on Wednesday afternoon.
UCLA has spent a lot of their fall camp at San Bernardino, perhaps to acclimate the team to extreme weather conditions like the ones they'll probably experience in their road trip to Rice. However, while Houston should be hot, it will also be humid, conditions that San Bernardino can't replicate. Jim Mora admits as much in his latest press conference. There will be a learning curve for the players to deal with the uncomfortable weather conditions.
It's supposed to be 95 degrees Thursday in Houston with 57 percent humidity and a 50 percent chance of rain with a forecast calling for scattered thunderstorms. As you know UCLA spent two weeks in San Bernardino where temperatures reached triple digits for almost the entire stay. "You can prepare for the heat but the humidity is a different story," Mora said. "That humidity is a different animal. But once again it's like we talked about the rain, we can't control the environment so we're not going to worry about it. We'll plan for it and prepare for it but we're not going to worry about it. It's just a matter of hydrating and not waiting too long to hydrate."
Can the Bruins overcome weather to face a team that's less talented but decent enough at home? Can UCLA overcome their road troubles? A lot will be answered in just under 48 hours.