November 18, 2013 |
It is the time of the season when good basketball teams schedule ones that aren't so good. And so we get games such as the one at Pauley Pavilion on Monday night. The arena was maybe a third full and UCLA needed a big run to end the first half to make this game feel safe for the Bruins. But 22nd-ranked UCLA (3-0) had that 16-6 flurry to finish the first half and the Bruins ended up beating Sacramento State, 86-50. An alley-oop pass from Kyle Anderson to Norman Powell that ended with a slam dunk for Powell and a 40-23 UCLA lead early in the second half did bring some of the sparse crowd to life.
December 27, 2013 |
VS. ALABAMA When: 7 p.m. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: ESPN2; Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 10-2, Alabama 5-6. Update: Alabama's only win against UCLA came at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 28, 1983, two days after legendary Crimson Tide football coach Bear Bryant died. Alabama sophomore Retin Obasohan, from Antwerp, Belgium, leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks ninth in the nation in steals per game, averaging 2.8. UCLA has more assists than turnovers in all 10 of its wins.
March 16, 2014 |
No. 4 UCLA (26-8) vs. No. 13 Tulsa (21-12) Friday at Viejas Arena in San Diego How they got here: UCLA finished second in Pac-12 play and won the conference tournament. Tulsa finished in a four-way tie for first place in Conference USA and won the conference tournament. Last 10 games: UCLA 7-3, Tulsa 10-0. Record vs. NCAA tournament teams: UCLA 8-4; Tulsa 0-3. Best wins/worst losses: UCLA defeated fourth-ranked Arizona in the Pac-12 championship game, 75-71.
March 20, 2014 |
WHO: No. 4 UCLA (26-8) vs. No. 13 Tulsa (21-12) WHAT: NCAA South regional second-round game, Friday, 6:57 p.m. WHERE: Viejas Arena, San Diego. TV: truTV. RADIO: 710. UPDATE: Tulsa averages 73.1 points per game and appears to be a budget version of UCLA on offense. Golden Hurricane Coach Danny Manning says his team won't change styles for this games, but the Bruins, who average 81.8 points, have feasted on teams who run with them. Oregon and Stanford both pushed the tempo in the Pac-12 tournament and UCLA beat the Ducks, 82-63, and the Cardinal, 84-59.
February 26, 2014 |
Everyone on UCLA's basketball team has a role. "Some," Coach Steve Alford says, "are more glamorous than others. " The headliners are easy to spot. Point guard Kyle Anderson directs as well as stars. Guard Jordan Adams also has a leading man's resume. The other starters in the chorus line provide some kick. And there have been important moments too when the understudies on the bench - Bryce Alford, Zach LaVine and Tony Parker - have found the spotlight. Alford, the coach's son, ignited a recent win over Colorado by making four three-pointers in a span of about five minutes to help push a two-point lead into a double-digit advantage.
February 21, 2014 |
When: 3 p.m. Where: Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto. On the air: TV: ESPN2. Radio: 570. Records: Bruins 21-5, 10-3 in Pac-12, Cardinal 17-8, 8-5. Record vs. Cardinal: 1-0. Update: Stanford was no match for UCLA last month at Pauley Pavilion, where the Bruins won easily, 91-74. Stanford guard Chasson Randle, who averages a team-high 18.5 points, made only three of 16 shots. When the Bruins go inside, they may find forward Josh Huestis waiting. He is Stanford's all-time leader in blocks with 169. Still, that wasn't a problem last month.