February 5, 2011 |
The morning had been one of hugs and handshakes for Steve Lavin. As he milled about on the Pauley Pavilion court before the game, the St. John's coach momentarily forgot where he was and nearly took a seat on the UCLA bench. "Coach [Gene] Keady thankfully reminded me that we were on the other end" of the court, Lavin said. There was also something reassuringly familiar for Bruins fans about Lavin's return to Westwood. His team lost. Shrugging off some manic full-court pressure and poor free-throw shooting in the final minutes, UCLA held on for a 66-59 victory that solidified its NCAA tournament standing with a month left in the regular season.
March 20, 2011 |
Ben Howland likes to tout UCLA's history of producing 106 NBA draft picks, more than any other school. The Bruins coach probably would not mind if that figure didn't grow this summer. If junior guard Malcolm Lee and sophomore forwards Tyler Honeycutt and Reeves Nelson decide to return for one more year of college basketball, UCLA would likely be considered a top-10 team nationally going into next season. The trio of first-team All-Pacific 10 Conference selections would comprise the kind of deep and dynamic core the Bruins have lacked since their run of three consecutive Final Fours ended in 2008.
February 29, 2012 |
Damage control was the order of the day around the UCLA basketball team Wednesday. As the Bruins prepared for their final Pac-12 Conference games of the regular season, against Washington State on Thursday and Washington on Saturday, Coach Ben Howland, Athletic Director Dan Guerrero and university Chancellor Gene Block juggled questions in the wake of a Sports Illustrated article that portrayed UCLA's program as one in chaos. In the article, Howland was depicted as a coach who in the last four seasons had lost control of undisciplined and immature players who were partying hard, fighting with each other, bickering with their coaches and cruising through practices.
January 8, 2012 |
Raymond Nelson, freshman tight end at UCLA, has been kicked off the team for an incident that occurred before the Bruins played Illinois in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Dec. 31. Nelson was sent home the day before the game for violating team rules, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak on the subject. Coach Jim Mora, hired last month, reviewed the situation before making his decision. Neither Mora nor Nelson could be reached for comment.
January 15, 2013 |
The UCLA basketball team is on a roll, showing hints of becoming special, so these days you get happy Ben Howland, the one who smiles and talks easily, even clapping his hands occasionally. "It's good to be winning," he says. The Bruins coach is a man of many faces. When his weekly meeting with reporters ends, time to get back to business, he could instantly become the grinder, the one who feels every second slipping past, every moment an opportunity to practice or watch film or jump on a plane to recruit.
December 30, 2010
UCLA next vs. Washington, Friday at Pauley Pavilion, 1 p.m., Prime Ticket ? UCLA has won four consecutive games at home against the Huskies, the media's preseason pick to win the Pacific 10 Conference. One key statistic to track will be rebounding; Washington was outrebounded in each of its first three losses and will be confronted by one of the Pac-10's best frontcourts in Reeves Nelson and Joshua Smith.
November 28, 2011
When: 8. Where: Sports Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket. Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 1-4, Pepperdine 3-2. Update: Coach Ben Howland said forward Reeves Nelson would not move back into the starting lineup "any time soon" in the wake of early-season suspensions that sidelined him for 11/2 games before he returned during the Maui Invitational. "He's got to have a good attitude, be accountable for a while here before that's going to happen," Howland said, noting a few slip-ups in which Nelson reverted to his practice habits.
February 6, 2011
UCLA next vs. Oregon, Thursday at Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket ? The Ducks (12-11 overall, 5-6 Pacific 10 Conference) have won five of their last seven games, including an 81-76 victory over No. 20 Washington on Saturday that moved them above .500 for the first time since late December. UCLA sophomore Reeves Nelson will likely be seeking a bounce-back effort after fouling out with zero points during the Bruins' 67-59 victory at Oregon last month. ?Ben Bolch
July 27, 2011 |
Jerime Anderson, a reserve point guard on the UCLA basketball team, was suspended for at least the Bruins' season opener after being arrested Tuesday evening by campus police on suspicion of grand theft for allegedly stealing a laptop computer. Anderson, who averaged 5.1 points and 2.6 assists last season, has been barred from all team activities and could sit out additional games as a result of his arrest, according to a statement released by UCLA. He will miss the Bruins' game against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 11 at the Sports Arena, and his status with the team will be reevaluated as the legal process unfolds.
March 13, 2012 |
Ben Howland will remain UCLA's basketball coach, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero announced Tuesday. In a prepared statement, Guerrero said that he and Howland had “several discussions” after the volatile season. Guard Jerime Anderson was arrested for misdemeanor theft in August, Reeves Nelson, the Bruins' top player, was dismissed from the team in December and a Sports Illustrated story portrayed Howland as having lost control of his team. “Ben understands full well that the management and oversight of the program needs improvement,” Guerrero said.