November 13, 2003 |
The events of last season make this qualify as news: UCLA won its first exhibition Wednesday. After losing two exhibitions last season on the way to a 10-19 finish, UCLA started with a victory under new Coach Ben Howland, defeating an EA Sports West team, 74-67, in front of 5,089 at Pauley Pavilion. There wasn't a lot to remind anyone of the Bruins' past glory except when Ed O'Bannon was introduced as an EA Sports starter. The Bruins shot 21.
November 25, 2002 |
Last season: 21-12 overall, 11-7 in Pacific 10 play. Finish: Sixth in the Pac-10, reached the NCAA West Regional semifinal while seeded No. 8, beating No. 9 Mississippi and No. 1 Cincinnati before losing to No. 12 Missouri. Coach: Steve Lavin, seventh season, 135-59. Who's gone: Center Dan Gadzuric, forward Matt Barnes and guards Billy Knight and Rico Hines. Who's new: Centers Michael Fey and Ryan Hollins, forward Marcedes Lewis, guards Ray Young and Jon Crispin.
December 6, 2003 |
No. 9 Kentucky vs. UCLA Today, 10:30 a.m., Channel 2 Site -- Arrowhead Pond Radio -- XTRA 1150/690 Records -- Kentucky 3-0. UCLA 2-0. Update -- Bruin starters played between 30 and 38 minutes against Riverside, a workload that will not abate until forwards Trevor Ariza, out because of a breathing disorder, and T.J. Cummings, who is ineligible, rejoin the team Dec. 17 at the earliest.
February 11, 2003 |
UCLA's victory over Georgetown was a milestone for Coach Steve Lavin. And it was far more difficult to reach than he'd anticipated. The seventh-year Bruin coach now has 140 victories, an average of 20 a season. It took five weeks and nine consecutive losses, bringing his total to 73. "You hope at some point the law of averages would swing to our favor," Lavin said. "But the reality is, you have to make your own breaks."
March 13, 2001 |
The strange season of UCLA Coach Steve Lavin took another interesting twist Monday when he was named Pacific 10 Conference Coach of the Year. Lavin weathered the Rick Pitino rumblings and a 4-4 start, then directed his team to 17 victories in 21 games. He has led the Bruins to the NCAA tournament in each of his five seasons, including once to the Elite Eight and twice to the Sweet 16. Only conference coaches vote on the award.
November 22, 2001 |
It's too early to consider it a weakness, too soon for alarm. But point guard is problematic at the moment. That much is clear after UCLA's up-and-down-and-up again performance at the Maui Invitational. Freshman Cedric Bozeman inherited the position from Earl Watson, a pure point who started every game the last four years.
January 28, 2002
The Bruins' 64-57 victory over California Saturday served as a reminder that UCLA is an exceptional shooting team. Cal was leading the Pacific 10 in most defensive categories, holding opponents to 39% shooting. Yet UCLA shot 51.1% from the field, including 54.5% in the second half. Starters Billy Knight (five of eight), Jason Kapono (five of nine), Dan Gadzuric (six of 11) and Cedric Bozeman (two of three) made more than half their shots.
December 11, 2002 |
Steve Lavin is normally as quick with an answer as a gunslinger with a six-shooter. But the question stopped the Bruin basketball coach in his tracks: What is your reaction to football coach Bob Toledo's getting fired? "I was aware of the speculation," he said, "but when it actually happens, it makes you pause." So he did. Lavin stared into space for five, 10, 15 seconds before continuing.
February 23, 2004 |
USC probably will probably play some zone defense against UCLA on Wednesday after having success with one in the first meeting. The Bruins' continuing difficulty with zones was evident in the 73-60 loss to Stanford on Saturday. "Our attack of the zone the first half was really, really poor," UCLA Coach Ben Howland said after the loss. "As soon as we started to have a couple of shots miss, it sped us up rather than slowed us down.