Per the article ucla didn't beat a top twenty team all year. (Is that true?) Since starting 17-5 and reaching a 19 ranking they have struggled. Compared to Sparty who beat four ranked teams in between their humbling losses. State appears to plays to the level of the opponent to some degree. Cronin has faced them twice while at ucla, losing both.
ucla a more balanced team vs state who runs everything through Aaron Henry. Izzo known for peaking in the tournament, but Cronin is no stranger to playing in March.