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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.
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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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March 5, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC AT WASHINGTON When: 8:30 p.m. Where: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 710. Records: USC 14-15 overall, 9-7 in Pac-12; Washington 16-13, 8-8. Update: USC, winner of six of its last eight games, heads to the Pacific Northwest for its final regular-season games and a chance to keep momentum heading into the Pac-12 tournament next week in Las Vegas. The Trojans, 7-5 under interim Coach Bob Cantu, are tied with Colorado for fifth place in the conference standings.
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March 5, 2013 | By Chris Foster
It was February 1993, the last time the UCLA men's basketball team traveled to Pullman, Wash., and came away with anything other than a win. Freshman Shabazz Muhammad, the Bruins' leading scorer this season, was nine months from being born. Kyle Anderson, a freshman who is UCLA's leading rebounder, was born seven months after that loss. "Wow," said Jordan Adams, who was born 17 months after the 67-56 loss. "That's a long time ago. " There have been 19 games since, and UCLA has won every one of them.
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March 5, 2013 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
UCLA Coach Ben Howland, resigned to freshman Shabazz Muhammad's leaving for the NBA after this, his first season of college basketball, would like to see a change in how the NBA handles drafting players. "I would prefer the kids could go right after high school, but once they are in college, they have to stay three years, or two," Howland said. The chance of that change being implemented? Howland knows it's the same as a snowball's in a warm place. "I don't see it happening," he lamented.
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March 4, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
These Bulldogs are no longer underdogs.  Gonzaga University's basketball team on Monday rose to No. 1 for the first time in school history. Gonzaga topped the weekly USA Today coaches' poll, earning 29 first-place votes. Indiana is second, followed by Kansas, Duke and Georgetown. Rounding out the top 10 are Louisville at No. 6 followed by Miami, Michigan, Florida and Kansas State. UCLA, despite defeating Arizona for a second time, still can't crack the coaches' top 25. The Bruins rank second this week among “others receiving votes,” right behind Middle Tennessee.
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March 1, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
USC on Saturday VS. ARIZONA STATE When: 12. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: FSN; Radio: 710. Records: Arizona State, 20-9, 9-7; USC, 13-15, 8-7. Update: The main concern for any team playing Arizona State is freshman guard Jahii Carson, who is averaging 17.7 points and 5.1 assists a game. He scored 22 against UCLA on Wednesday in an overtime loss. Only one other freshman in college basketball over the last 16 years has averaged 17 points and five assists - Ben Woodside of North Dakota State.
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February 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
A strange and sometimes harsh season, when UCLA's every step has been thoroughly dissected, reached this point late Wednesday night: Coach Ben Howland publicly lauded the media. Talking about his four freshmen, Howland said, "The media got it right. They are the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. " Of course, whether the Bruins were No. 1 or No. 2 depended upon which website was cited. And calling those who handicap recruiting the "media" might be a stretch. But why quibble?
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February 27, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Nothing comes easily for UCLA this season. But slowly, it seems to be coming. The Bruins have had injuries, NCAA investigations, intense scrutiny on a Shabazz Muhammad birthday present from his mom (Gucci backpack) and occasional carping from an UCLA alum (Bill Walton). Yet, here the Bruins sit with three games left, tied for first place. UCLA got there the hard way, laboring through a 79-74 overtime victory over Arizona State on Wednesday at Pauley Pavilion. The victory left the Bruins (21-7, 11-4)
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