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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 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 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.
March 7, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
  What did you expect from California versus Stanford… a pillow fight? These Bay Area rivals are accustomed to having things/players/musical instruments spill onto fields of play going back to 1982 and “The Play” that led to a shouting football exclamation, “The band is on the field!” So, it wasn't a huge surprise a “skirmish” broke out between the basketball teams Wednesday night near the end of Stanford's 83-70 upset win at Haas Pavilion. With ex-hippie Bill Walton calling the action on television in Berkeley,  the scuffle broke out with 5:04 left, when Cal's Allen Crabbe and Stanford's Aaron Bright wrestled for a loose ball.
March 6, 2013 | By Chris Foster
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Thuds don't come much louder than this. UCLA spent weeks restoring its image, climbing back to the top of the Pac-12 Conference, getting back into the rankings. One rainy night in Pullman put a dent in that. Washington State's 73-61 victory in a near-empty Beasley Coliseum was so surgically thorough that UCLA Coach Ben Howland spent nearly a half-hour sorting things out before meeting with the media. “Whether it was not being able to handle success, I was sitting there trying to figure it out after the game,” Howland said.
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