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August 21, 2012 | By David Wharton
The UCLA basketball team will hold practices on Monday and Tuesday in preparation for exhibition games in China over the next week. With the Bruins scheduled to depart from Los Angeles International Airport at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, Coach Ben Howland said he likes the 10 extra sessions that the NCAA allows for schools participating in international competition. "It has really helped us to practice as a team," he said. "That gives us an early start on the season, which is a big year for us. " Freshman standout Shabazz Muhammad, still being investigated by the NCAA in regard to possible improper benefits, will not make the trip.
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April 27, 2014 | James Barragan
The NCAA and its member institutions often refer to "student-athletes," but the front side of the term isn't often highlighted in a sports section. We asked officials from the Southland's 10 Division I universities to point us toward their best and brightest -- the teams that made classroom performance a priority. Eight of the schools chose to participate and here is what we found: -- Brendan Lane was a big producer for Pepperdine's basketball team, starting 30 games and averaging 13 points and 7.3 rebounds.
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May 4, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA  will get an early start on its most anticipated basketball season in years with an exhibition tour in China during August. The Bruins, who have the nation's No. 2 recruiting class according to Scout.com, will benefit from being allowed 10 practices. The tour is part of the Pac-12 Conference's efforts to gain a foothold in Asia. The Bruins were 19-14 during a tumultuous 2011-12 season and missed the NCAA tournament for the second time in three seasons. But UCLA is expected to be among the top-ranked teams heading into the season after signing forward Shabazz Muhammad, guard Kyle Anderson, center Tony Parker and forward Jordan Adams.
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Stanley Johnson, Santa Ana Mater Dei, 6-7, senior: The McDonald's All American averaged 25 points and 8.1 rebounds in leading the Monarchs to a 35-0 record and a fourth consecutive state championship. Sedrick Barefield, Corona Centennial, 6-1, junior: The Southern Methodist commit used his ballhandling, scoring and leadership skills to help the Huskies reach the Division I state final. Aaron Holiday, Campbell Hall, 6-2, junior: The UCLA commit averaged 28.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists.
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July 31, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
LONDON -- How does the U.S. spell weak defensive effort? Apparently, it's T-U-N-I-S-I-A. The men's basketball team came out slowly, if not embarrassingly, and gained a surprisingly limp 46-33 halftime lead Tuesday against Tunisia in an Olympic preliminary-round game. Worth mentioning: Oddsmaker Bovada had the U.S. as a 54-point favorite. Also worth mentioning: Tunisia actually led, 15-12, on a run that included a coast-to-coast dunk by Makram Ben Romdhane at the Olympic Park basketball arena.
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July 7, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Clippers All-Star power forward Blake Griffin was selected for one of the three final spots on the U.S. Olympic basketball team. Thunder guard James Harden and 76ers forward Andre Iguodala landed the other two roster spots. The rest of Team USA, the defending gold medalists, is made up of the following: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Clippers guard Chris Paul, Nets guard Deron Williams, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Heat forward LeBron James, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, Timberwolves forward Kevin Love and Knicks center Tyson Chandler.
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April 7, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
KATIN REINHARDT, SANTA ANA MATER DEI, SENIOR The 6-foot-5 Reinhardt, a Nevada Las Vegas signee, averaged 18.6 points and was a prolific shooter from three-point range for the Monarchs. XAVIER JOHNSON, MATER DEI, SENIOR Consistency was the strength of the 6-7 Colorado-bound Johnson, who averaged 18.4 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Division I state champion 34-2 Monarchs. MARQUEZE COLEMAN, MISSION HILLS ALEMANY, SENIOR The 6-4 senior who signed with Nevada averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 rebounds.
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December 9, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Sheila Nelson spoke to Ben Howland on Friday morning, and it wasn't an easy telephone conversation. The UCLA basketball coach told Nelson that her son Reeves Nelson had been dismissed from the Bruins basketball team. "Reeves behaved poorly," Sheila Nelson said later in the day during a telephone conversation. "He admits to that and he's taking full responsibility for his actions. He still wants to be on the team. But quite frankly, I love my son, but he just turned 20 and he's been a boy in a man's body since he was 14 and there are things he needs to work on, and he will work on them.
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August 21, 2012 | By David Wharton, Los Angeles Times
No matter what happens to the UCLA basketball team during a series of exhibition games in China over the next week, do not expect any finger-pointing. The players have been warned about that particular gesture - it does not sit well with the Chinese. No pointing. No whistling. And if you give someone a gift, please use both hands. "There are a bunch of rules," forward David Wear said. "It's going to be tough to remember a lot of that stuff. " With an itinerary that includes ceremonies, sightseeing and official dinners - as well as games against two colleges and a professional team - the Bruins have been thoroughly instructed on Chinese etiquette.
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January 28, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
The chant suddenly engulfs the nearly empty Galen Center on a Thursday night, loudly, laughingly, a band of outsiders prodding at the open wound of a proud university. The chant is being sung by dozens of Colorado fans, some of whom traveled more than 1,000 miles to be here. The chant echoes off seats left vacant by USC students who couldn't be bothered to cross the street. "Let's go Buff-a-loes … let's go Buff-a-loes …" Nobody tries to drown it out with a Trojans cheer.
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March 29, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The coaches at Chatsworth Sierra Canyon can't say enough good things about 6-foot-4 eighth-grader Cassius Stanley. "He's the best eighth-grade athlete I've seen," football Coach Jon Ellinghouse said. Stanley is considered a top basketball player, but he also plays football and baseball. The big question is whether he'll stay at Sierra Canyon for his freshman year or enroll at another high school. He's in Sacramento cheering on the girls' basketball team to an expected Division IV state title.
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March 24, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Stanley Johnson of Mater Dei has been selected the player of the year on the All-CIF Open Division boys' basketball team. Here's the link to the All-CIF teams. Jordin Canada of L.A. Windward was named the girls' player of the year in the Open Division. Here's the link to complete All-CIF teams.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 17, 2014 | By Gary Klein
No. 9 USC (22-12) vs. No. 8 St. John's (22-10) Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn. How they got here: USC won four games in four days - including a victory over Stanford - to win the Pac-12 Conference tournament. St. John's reached the Big East tournament title game before losing to DePaul. Last 10 games: USC 7-3, St. John's 5-5. USC lineup: Starters - F Cassie Harberts (15.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg), G Ariya Crook (15.8 ppg, 2.3 apg), F Alexyz Vaioletama (15.8 ppg)
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March 14, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Kentucky men's basketball team is not predicted to win the 2014 National Championship, but super fan Tyler Austin Black doesn't believe the odds. In fact, the 22-year-old machinist is so confident that his team will win that he got a tattoo on his right calf that says "Nati9nal Champions," the nine standing for Kentucky's ninth title.  "I'm not delusional," Black told reporters, according to ESPN. "I know we've had a rough season. Big Blue Nation is down and the majority of people have no faith in us. But we have faith in ourselves.
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March 11, 2014 | By Chris Foster
LAS VEGAS - This could be a referendum on Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott's vision. The NCAA tournament selection committee will sequester itself Sunday in something of a conclave of Cardinals that's more Louisville than Vatican City. When they emerge, 68 teams will have been chosen. How many will be from the Pac-12? The answer largely depends on who is fielding the question. Bill Walton says eight. But he has also been known to say things like Digger Phelps is the "devil.
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March 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The state CIF has rejected a bid by Oakland Bishop O'Dowd's girls' basketball team to be included in the state playoffs after the team was disqualified from the North Coast Section playoffs for violating a section rule in scheduling too many games .  In a statement released Wednesday, the CIF office said, "As the CIF has previously stated, teams can only qualify for and advance to the CIF state tournament through their respective section playofs....
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February 27, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Duke men's basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday that he will not return to coach the U.S. men's basketball team after the Blue Devils end their season. "I've loved, loved, loved, and it's been an honor being with the USA Basketball team," Krzyzewski said on ESPN radio. "And to coach the team and work with [chairman of USA Basketball] Jerry Colangelo for seven years has been marvelous. " "And we're in a good spot. We need to keep building. " Krzyzewski was hired by Colangelo in 2005 after the U.S. men won only a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics.
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July 28, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
LONDON -- The U.S. women's basketball team has won 33 consecutive games in the Olympics. It just beat Croatia last week in an exhibition by 54 points. So it was highly surprising that the U.S. held a slender 31-28 halftime lead over Croatia in an Olympic opener Saturday at the Olympic Park basketball arena. The U.S. didn't look sharp at all on offense, committing 12 first-half turnovers. Croatia even took a 26-23 lead on Jelena Ivezic's three-pointer with about 2:45 left in the second quarter.
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March 5, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's basketball team won the Pac-12 Conference regular-season championship last season and Coach Ben Howland was fired. With two games left in this conference regular season, the Bruins already know they will not repeat as champions, yet all is well. The change from Howland to Steve Alford has been a mostly lateral move. Entirely horizontal, in fact, according to the records. UCLA last season had a 22-7 record at this stage. As the Bruins prepare to play at Washington on Thursday and Washington State on Saturday in their final two games before this year's conference tournament, their record is … 22-7.
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