February 27, 2010
UCLA today VS. OREGON Time: 2. Site: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 13-14 overall, 8-7 Pacific 10 Conference; Oregon 13-14, 5-10. Update: The Bruins may have to do without Nikola Dragovic, who injured his left shoulder against Oregon State on Thursday and will be a game-time decision. They are already without Reeves Nelson, who has a slight tear of the retina in his left eye, James Keefe, who will undergo shoulder surgery Wednesday, and Brendan Lane, who sat out Thursday because of a sprained ankle.
February 18, 2010 |
Malcolm Lee never heard the pitter-patter of big feet from behind. This was UCLA's first possession Sunday. Lee pushed up through the Trojans' pressure. The next moment, USC forward Marcus Johnson was going the other way with the ball. It was just another step on a tough learning curve for Lee. After last season, Jrue Holiday bolted early for the NBA. Jerime Anderson has been slowed by injury and inconsistency. That has left Lee, a shooting guard by trade, as the team's learn-as-I-go point guard.
February 16, 2010 |
The hard part for UCLA's players wasn't that they lost to USC, though that was bad enough. Their consternation came from the fact they felt they improved . . . and still lost. The 68-64 loss to USC on Sunday was a big step forward from the 67-46 beating the Trojans gave the Bruins last month. But UCLA players, and fans, are not used to judging things in A-for-effort terms. "It's frustrating because that first game, they just came and just took it," Bruins guard Malcolm Lee said.
February 14, 2010 |
Nikola Dragovic was too much to handle. He was older, and already competing with the best Serbia and Montenegro had to offer. So Nikola Vucevic, 12 years old and three years younger than his "godbrother," battled as best he could. His uncle's Belgium professional team was practicing for a Euro League game in Serbia, but the real competition was on the side court. This was the first time the two had met, even though their families were bound by basketball and friendship, and the outcome was predictable.
February 13, 2010 |
After two weeks, four games, and a lot of wheel spinning, UCLA's basketball team is facing the exact same situation as before. The Bruins play five of their last seven games before the Pacific 10 tournament on the road while trying to remain relevant in the conference race. So reclaiming the conference championship will need to be done away from Pauley Pavilion. That makes the spin easy heading into Sunday's game at USC. "At home, you want to get going, you want to make a shot, you want to hear the roar of the crowd," UCLA Coach Ben Howland said.
February 2, 2010
A preliminary hearing for UCLA forward Nikola Dragovic and his roommate, Aleksandar Stanisic, was postponed Monday until March 15. Both are facing assault charges stemming from an altercation after an Oct. 24 concert at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood. Prosecutors have said the incident began when Stanisic argued with a man and his girlfriend during the show. Later, a confrontation occurred outside the theater in which prosecutors allege Dragovic rushed the man and pushed him into a glass case, which shattered, lacerating the man's Achilles' tendon.