March 16, 2011 |
A look at the Bruins' first-round tournament game against Michigan State on Thursday STARTERS Michigan State; Ht.; Wt.; Stats; P.; UCLA; Ht.; Wt.; Stats Adreian Payne; 6-10; 230; 2.3 rpg; C; Joshua Smith; 6-10; 305; 10.6 ppg Draymond Green; 6-7; 230; 12.3 ppg; F; Reeves Nelson; 6-8; 235; 13.9 ppg Mike Kebler; 6-4; 205; 1.6 ppg; G/F; Tyler Honeycutt; 6-8; 188; 12.6 ppg Kalin Lucas; 6-1; 195; 17.2 ppg; G; Malcolm Lee;...
September 5, 2012 |
When training camp opens next month, Greg Somogyi will hold one distinction not even All-Star big men Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol can match: tallest Laker. How long the 7-foot-3 center graces the Lakers' roster is another matter. The Lakers signed the former UC Santa Barbara player to a non-guaranteed contract Wednesday and extended an invitation to training camp as the team fills out the margins of its roster for practice purposes. Like former UCLA forward Reeves Nelson, whom the Lakers also signed as expected Wednesday, Somogyi is the longest of longshots to make the team.
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.
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.
December 19, 2010 |
It's doubtful any UCLA player is going to tweet or text "We're No. 109!" in response to the Bruins' latest Ratings Percentage Index figure. But it's a considerable upgrade over their RPI of 182 before an 86-79 victory over No. 16 Brigham Young on Saturday in the Wooden Classic gave them a long-awaited signature triumph. "It's a really big win," junior guard Lazeric Jones said after the Bruins notched their first victory over a ranked team since defeating No. 22 Washington on Feb. 19, 2009.
November 13, 2009 |
Defense has always ranked among Ben Howland's favorite topics, so it makes sense to hear the UCLA coach talk about double teams and help-side rotation leading up to the season opener. "We're still having a problem defending the dribble," he said Thursday after watching film of a recent victory over Humboldt State. "There were a number of times we were getting beat off dribble penetration." This is a young team that has yet to adopt Howland's trademark pressure defense. He expressed concern about an athletic Cal State Fullerton visiting Pauley Pavilion on Monday night.
March 3, 2010 |
There was a different look to UCLA guard Malcolm Lee's game Saturday. Freed mostly from the chore of being the Bruins' point guard, Lee had a flow to his game. It was reflected in his 18-point performance in a 70-68 loss to Oregon. "I think he scores better from that position because he does not have to worry so much about running the team," Coach Ben Howland said. Lee made eight of 14 shots. He scored 10 of the Bruins' last 12 points of the first half to keep a bad situation from becoming worse.
December 1, 2010 |
Playing Kansas can feel like getting poked in the eye without knowing what hit you. Reeves Nelson knows this all too well. A year after being struck in the right eye by a stray finger, the UCLA forward still doesn't know whether the culprit was Marcus Morris or his twin brother, Markieff. "They're identical and you couldn't really see the [jersey] number on the tape," said Nelson, who returned to the Bruins' 73-61 loss to the Jayhawks last December at Pauley Pavilion even after his eye had swollen shut.
October 28, 2011 |
Playing basketball away from Pauley Pavilion shouldn't keep UCLA from making itself at home wherever it goes in the Pacific 12 Conference. At least that was the assessment of conference media members who picked the Bruins to win the Pac-12 title in a close race with California and Arizona. UCLA, which will play most of its home games at the Sports Arena this season while its permanent home receives a makeover, received 14 first-place votes to Cal's 13 and Arizona's 11. "It doesn't help us win one game," Bruins Coach Ben Howland said Friday at L.A. Live during Pac-12 media day. "All it does is make the bull's-eye even bigger, and you've already got the bull's-eye because you have those four letters on your chest.
January 28, 2011 |
UCLA might want to add ear plugs to its travel checklist the next time it hits the road. The Bruins continue to have problems tuning out opposing fans, their latest issues surfacing Thursday night during an 85-74 loss to Arizona. UCLA Coach Ben Howland said several players responded to what he called inappropriate remarks made by Wildcats fans. "All they're trying to do is to get you to react to it, so it's actually serving what someone in the crowd tries to do," Howland said Friday.