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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 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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February 24, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
It was this kind of day for the USC basketball team. When the ubiquitous "fan cam" was used for the first time at the Galen Center, the first fan shown was wearing UCLA blue and holding up a No. 1 finger. At least we know the camera operator is honest. The loudest, and only, ovation from the home crowd came when the Trojans' NCAA men's water polo champions were introduced. "Can they suit up and play basketball?" a fan muttered. On an afternoon when USC was beaten badly in every part of the game, the Trojans lost to UCLA, 75-59, on Sunday.
SPORTS
February 23, 2013
UCLA-USC TODAY When: 12:30 p.m. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: Fox Sports Net; Radio: 570, 690. Records: UCLA 19-7, 9-4 Pac-12; Trojans 12-14, 7-6 Pac-12. Update: A UCLA victory would leave the Bruins tied for first place in the Pac-12. Getting it will be a tall order against USC centers Dewayne Dedmon (7 feet) and Omar Oraby (7-2). The Bruins have been outrebounded in all but two Pac-12 games this season. USC had a 44-36 rebounding edge in a 75-71 overtime victory at Pauley Pavilion last month.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 24 - March 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES The Graham Norton Show:  Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Matt Lucas and chef Delia Smith are guests and Rita Ora performs in this new episode (7:15 and 10:15 p.m. BBC America). Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?  The unscripted series featuring comedian Joan Rivers and her daughter returns for a new season (9 p.m. WE)
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February 21, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 17 - 23, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES CSI: NY: The forensics drama starring Gary Sinise ends another season (9 p.m. CBS). Cult: This creepy new mystery-drama encores its pilot episode (9 p.m. KTLA). REVIEW: 'Cult' serves up a new form of mass anxiety Austin City Limits: The soulful Alabama Shakes and blues guitar phenom Gary Clark Jr. perform (9 p.m. KLCS)
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February 20, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss the number of teams that have a chance at winning the NCAA basketball tournament this year. Feel free to join the discussion with a comment of your own. Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times Let's first work backward and officially eliminate Grambling, New Orleans, and Furman, ranked No. 347, 346 and 345 in the latest RPI. Moving on, this may be the most wide open field in recent years, a testament to...
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