February 27, 2011 |
Getting the top seeding for the Pacific 10 Conference tournament could be considerably more difficult for UCLA than catching Arizona atop the conference standings, which the Bruins accomplished Saturday at Pauley Pavilion with a 71-49 victory over the Wildcats. The Bruins face a far tougher road than the Wildcats over the final week of the regular season and lag behind their counterparts in the current tiebreaker scenarios. While UCLA travels to play at Washington on Thursday and Washington State on Saturday, Arizona plays host to Oregon State on Thursday and Oregon on Saturday.
February 26, 2011
When: 1 p.m. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket. Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 20-8 overall, 11-4 Pacific 10 Conference; Arizona 23-5, 12-3. Update: UCLA Coach Ben Howland calls every game "the most important game of the season," but this time he's not just repeating a cliché. A Bruins victory would move them into a first-place tie atop the Pac-10 standings alongside Arizona, though the Wildcats have the more forgiving schedule during the final week of the regular season; Arizona plays host to the Oregon schools while UCLA hits the road to play at Washington and Washington State.
February 25, 2011
UCLA next vs. Arizona, Saturday at Pauley Pavilion, 1 p.m., Prime Ticket ? The final game at Pauley Pavilion before the facility closes for interior renovations could have Pacific 10 Conference title implications for the Bruins and the Wildcats. Arizona outclassed UCLA with its superior quickness and athleticism last month during an 85-74 victory in Tucson in which sophomore forward Derrick Williams scored 22 points. ? Ben Bolch
February 25, 2011 |
It's goodbye, for now. UCLA bids farewell Saturday to its basketball home of the last 46 years, with plans to return to Pauley Pavilion after renovations are completed in the fall of 2012. In a fortuitous development, the Bruins will also get a chance to say hello to first place in the Pacific 10 Conference. USC's 65-57 upset of No. 10 Arizona on Thursday moved UCLA (20-8, 11-4 Pac-10) to within a game of the Wildcats (23-5, 12-3) heading into the Bruins' home finale against the conference leaders.
February 24, 2011 |
UCLA's defense was in a zone, and Ben Howland couldn't have been happier. The coach who abhors zone defenses was thrilled when his Bruins went into lockdown mode with their trademark man-to-man scheme Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion, overcoming a sluggish start to pull away for a 71-53 victory over Arizona State. An array of steals, strips and blocks by UCLA over the final 91/2 minutes of the first half triggered a 30-8 run that transformed a 12-point deficit into a 10-point halftime lead.
January 27, 2011 |
The score was close, the time running out, the crowd on its feet, the building rumbling and rocking. But for USC, its exhilarating, back-and-forth second half Thursday against Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena, where 7,638 raucous fans bore down, was nothing new. "It kind of looked familiar," junior guard Jio Fontan said. It should have. Entering Thursday, USC had played in nine games decided by six or fewer points this season. And seven had been losses, four on the game's final possession.