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Up next for UCLA basketball: Tuesday vs. Oakland

The No. 24 Bruins escaped with a 72-67 victory in their season opener against Drexel. The flow of their half-court offense needs work, and they need a better balance on defense.

November 11, 2013|By David Wharton
  • UCLA's Tony Parker, right, battles Cal State San Bernardino's Donte Medder for a loose ball during a preseason game last month. The Bruins will look to improve to 2-0 on the season Tuesday when they play Oakland.
UCLA's Tony Parker, right, battles Cal State San Bernardino's… (Ringo H.W. Chiu / Associated…)

UCLA tonight

VS. OAKLAND

When: 6.

Where: Pauley Pavilion.

On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 570.

Records: Bruins 1-0, Golden Grizzlies 0-1.

Update: The No. 24 Bruins escaped with a 72-67 victory in their season opener against Drexel. They must work on improving the flow of their half-court offense and finding a reasonable balance between man-to-man and zone defense. With senior forward Travis Wear still recovering from an appendectomy, UCLA was thin up front and struggled when center Tony Parker got into early foul trouble. Zach LaVine showed flashes of brilliance, and also made freshman mistakes. Oakland lost its opener on the road, 84-61, to No. 12 North Carolina. Duke Mondy had 14 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals against the Tar Heels. He led the nation with 3.03 steals a game last season. That could mean more pressure on Kyle Anderson, who is running the UCLA offense.

david.wharton@latimes.com

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