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March 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
Seven months into his college basketball career, Shabazz Muhammad is glad he waited to turn pro. The UCLA freshman has used his time in Westwood to improve on defense and make a few All-Star teams. He has learned a thing or two about living on his own. "I'm giving it a thumbs-up," he said. "The college experience is good. " That doesn't mean it will last much longer. Muhammad is expected to leave school for the NBA draft this summer, joining the ranks of the "one-and-dones.
March 16, 2013 | By Chris Foster
LAS VEGAS -- Jordan Adams wasn't the only person being pushed through the MGM Grand casino in a wheelchair Saturday morning. He was just the youngest. The Bruins plowed ahead, marching in formation - Coach Ben Howland at point and Adams rolling in the back - past the slot machines and gaming tables on their way to pregame practice. It captured the moment: Everything's a crapshoot for the Bruins from here on out. The first step into that unknown was later Saturday evening, and Oregon's 78-69 victory at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the Pac-12 tournament final left the Bruins at the whim of the NCAA tournament selection committee.
March 16, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Survive and Advance," which premieres Sunday on ESPN as part of its excellent "30 for 30" series of sports documentaries, is a sweet and moving depiction of the sweet and moving story of the 1983 North Carolina State men's basketball team, the Wolfpack, and its colorful coach, Jim Valvano. You will need a handkerchief or two to get through it, unless you are some sort of soulless, inhuman monster. Directed by Jonathan Hock ("Unguarded"), it is a tale of great deeds, inspiring speeches, comical sound bites and big, long hugs in what was a legendary time for college basketball - the days when Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing were still in school and players tended to stick around for three or even four years of play rather than taking off early for the pros: "The games were better," says University of North Carolina Coach Roy Williams.
March 15, 2013 | Wire reports
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - With All-CCAA guard DeRonn Scott out because of a foot injury, the call came from the Cal Poly Pomona coaches for someone to step up. Terrence Drisdom answered the call and scored a career-high 26 points Friday, leading the Broncos to a 69-61 first-round NCAA Division II victory over Chico State. Chico State took an early 17-9 lead, but Cal Poly Pomona closed out the first half on a 20-4 run. "This just shows how tough we are," Drisdom said "When we're down like that, we don't hang our heads and go through the motions, we just try to keep playing tough.
March 14, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
LAS VEGAS - A UCLA basketball team that has sleepwalked through parts of the season has taken the metaphor to an entirely new level. On Thursday, the Bruins won a basketball game in their pajamas. In their 80-75 comeback victory over Arizona State in the second round of the Pac-12 tournament, the Bruins were resourceful, resilient, and just so darn cute. Thanks to new uniforms provided by Adidas - the athletic department's owner, er, sponsor - the Bruins looked like Care Bears.
March 14, 2013 | By Chris Foster
LAS VEGAS - Come on down and see the UCLA circus. The Bruins have pitched the big tent at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this week, turning their part of the Pac-12 tournament into a "step right up and see the show" event. Thursday brought a first-half vanishing act, followed by a walk along the high wire. And after the No. 21 Bruins had rallied from a 15-point deficit for an 80-75 victory over Arizona State, the grand finale included harsh words, technical fouls and a chuckle from Bruins guard Kyle Anderson.
March 13, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
LAS VEGAS - What better way for USC to end its men's basketball season. With a mad and crazy scramble in the final eight seconds that included an Eric Wise rebound, a dribbled pass off the hands of Byron Wesley and a basketball that was pounced on, rolled on, and left on the ground. The Trojans couldn't give themselves a chance. Utah, seeded 10th in the Pac-12 Conference tournament, beat seventh-seeded USC, 69-66, in a first-round game Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. BOX SCORE: Utah 69, USC 66 The Utes (14-17)
March 10, 2013 | By Chris Foster
SEATTLE -- There was no explaining it. UCLA just enjoyed it. The Bruins overwhelmed fifth-ranked California, 70-58, in the Pac-12 women's tournament semifinals Saturday night. They were so dominant that the only real competition the crowd at KeyArena saw was at halftime, when they were entertained by dogs racing to retrieve tennis balls. The victory put the No. 14 Bruins (25-6) in the conference tournament final for the third time in four seasons. UCLA lost to Stanford in 2010 and 2011.
March 10, 2013 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
SEATTLE - This ended as it always seems to end, with UCLA watching Stanford players celebrate. That rite of March continued Sunday, with the fourth-ranked Cardinal rallying behind guard Amber Orrange to pull out a 51-49 victory in the Pac-12 women's tournament championship game at KeyArena. Stanford cut down the nets. UCLA wondered what might have been. "This hurts right now," Bruins Coach Cori Close said. "My heart hurts for our seniors. I felt they gave so much of themselves out there today.
March 8, 2013
AT WASHINGTON STATE When: 3:30 p.m. Where: Friel Court, Pullman, Wash. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 710. Records: USC 14-16, 9-8; Washington State 12-18, 3-14. Update: USC's chance of earning a first-round bye in next week's Pac-12 tournament ended with a 65-57 loss at Washington on Wednesday. The Trojans are now tied for sixth place with Washington and Arizona State. USC defeated Washington State, 72-68, at the Galen Center on Feb. 7. Before Wednesday, the regular-season finale against the last-place Cougars appeared to be a probable win for the Trojans.
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