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July 9, 1992 | JERRY CROWE
Kevin Dempsey, a 6-foot-6 forward from San Jose, has accepted an offer of financial aid from the UCLA basketball team, Coach Jim Harrick announced Wednesday. Dempsey signed with Arizona during the fall of 1990, before his senior season at Santa Teresa High in San Jose, after also making recruiting trips to Nevada Las Vegas and Arizona State. But he was not admitted to Arizona. He enrolled last fall as a part-time student at West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif.
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March 5, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's basketball team won the Pac-12 Conference regular-season championship last season and Coach Ben Howland was fired. With two games left in this conference regular season, the Bruins already know they will not repeat as champions, yet all is well. The change from Howland to Steve Alford has been a mostly lateral move. Entirely horizontal, in fact, according to the records. UCLA last season had a 22-7 record at this stage. As the Bruins prepare to play at Washington on Thursday and Washington State on Saturday in their final two games before this year's conference tournament, their record is … 22-7.
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August 14, 1992 | JERRY CROWE
A member of the Chinese Olympic team is expected to add more international flavor to the UCLA basketball team next season. Ma Jian, a 6-foot-6 forward, told reporters during the Barcelona Games that he will enroll at UCLA this fall. Ma, 22, would join a Bruin roster that will include two Czechs--Richard Petruska and Jiri Zidek--and a Texan of Nigerian descent--Ike Nwankwo of Houston.
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December 16, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
Kyle Anderson is headed home. Madison Square Garden, where the UCLA basketball team plays a nationally televised game Thursday night against eighth-ranked Duke, is less than a half-an-hour drive from his hometown of Fairview, N.J., and you know what that means. Yes, his cellphone has been buzzing with ticket requests from family and friends. He gets only four to distribute, though. "I don't know who to choose, so it's tough," he said before practice at Pauley Pavilion on Monday, "but I'm sure they'll make it work.
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August 20, 1992 | JERRY CROWE
Searching for some seasoning for a team that lost four key players after last season, UCLA basketball Coach Jim Harrick will take the Bruins to Italy on Sunday for 10 exhibition games in two weeks against club teams from Italy, Greece and Turkey. "This will be a tremendous opportunity for our players," Harrick said. "Not only will they get to see another part of the world, but at the same time, our team will pick up valuable experience against international competition.
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January 4, 1990
The UCLA women's basketball team, which had lost four games in a row entering the week, received another blow last Saturday when starting center Molly Tideback and reserve guard Michelle Miles, both sophomores, were granted releases to transfer to other schools. UCLA Coach Billie Moore said she wishes "Molly and Michelle the best. I expect both to transfer to colleges that are closer to home."
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August 1, 1990
Darrin Dafney, who played 54 minutes in two seasons with the UCLA basketball team, announced that he will transfer to Drake.
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August 29, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The UCLA basketball team lost to Pack of Greece, 82-75, in Bormio, Italy. The Bruins were behind, 40-30, at halftime. Senior guard Mitchell Butler scored 24 points to lead UCLA, which will play Efes of Turkey today.
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February 26, 1994
The UCLA basketball team seems to be at its best in December, when superior material prevails, but in February they start getting clobbered by teams they could easily beat early in the season. The other teams seem to have improved over time, but the Bruins are still in early season form. I wonder why that is. K.M. CARTER Alhambra
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January 23, 1993
Isn't it interesting that nearly all of the big men who play against Harrick and his UCLA basketball team are recruited from local high schools? No good high school center in his right mind would go to UCLA to be stranded in Harrick's high-post offense and no-screen defense. JOHN J. GOTTES South Gate
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November 13, 2013 | By David Wharton
The UCLA basketball team's biggest improvement in the early season involves one of its biggest players. Center Tony Parker had a career night against Oakland on Tuesday, scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in 34 minutes. Compare that to the season opener against Drexel when, hampered by early fouls, he finished with six points and five rebounds in only 20 minutes. "It felt great," Parker said of Tuesday's game. "Coach [Steve Alford] was really on me about keeping out of foul trouble.
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November 12, 2013 | By David Wharton
Don't be surprised if the UCLA basketball team plays a fair amount of zone defense against Oakland on Tuesday night. The Bruins, who dropped two places to No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25 this week, started out in man-to-man against Drexel in the season opener but had to switch as the game wore on. “In stretches, it was really good,” Coach Steve Alford said of the zone. “And it kind of saved us.” While UCLA has length, there have been doubts about the team's athleticism.
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November 8, 2013 | By David Wharton
It was a dirty job, but somebody had to do it. Bowing to the will of almighty television, the UCLA basketball team tipped off its season against Drexel at the relative witching hour of 9 p.m. on Friday. The sparse crowd that showed up at Pauley Pavilion had to stay late and Drexel's fans - back in Philadelphia - could not even tune in until midnight. Maybe that's why the No. 22 Bruins fell asleep in the second half, squandering a sizable lead and barely holding on for a 72-67 victory against an underdog opponent.
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January 30, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
All the right stuff seemed to be there Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion, when the Bruins took on the rival USC Trojans in men's basketball. The recent $138-million upgrade to Pauley left it still shiny and new. The place was overwhelmed with the soft blue of Bruin colors, as it should be. It was UCLA's home game, UCLA's night. They promoted it as "Blue Out" night, and the faithful responded. All the current essentials of game-night noise and hype in big-time basketball, pro or college, were rolled out by the Bruins.
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December 14, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
UCLA's disappointing start to the season goes beyond its losses. Even the Bruins' wins, some against subpar competition, have been underwhelming. Aside from a 30-point blowout of James Madison, UCLA's heralded basketball team has not controlled any of its other victories from start to finish. In its 26-point victory against Cal State Northridge, UCLA led by only three 10 minutes into the first half. In its season-opening 27-point win against Indiana State, UCLA led by single digits at halftime.
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December 5, 2012 | By Chris Foster
A UCLA basketball team with high expectations travels to Houston to play a Texas team in a football stadium … stop me if you've heard this one already. History is not on UCLA's side when the Bruins play Texas in Reliant Stadium on Saturday. It's been 44 years since UCLA last tried this. Lew Alcindor came back with his first collegiate loss. Houston, led by Elvin Hayes, upset the No. 1-ranked Bruins in the Astrodome. The Longhorns are nowhere near as formidable as the 1968 Houston Cougars.
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January 16, 1993
In her article, "Going Pro" (Jan. 7), is Julie Cart kidding when she says that undergraduate athletes turning pro are not hurting college athletics? Don't tell that to Larry Smith, Terry Donahue, Jim Harrick, George Raveling and Peter Dalis. Smith would still be coaching at USC if he had not developed star athletes who left school early and left the football program in the lurch. UCLA might have been in the Rose Bowl if Tommy Maddox hadn't left. And with the loss of Tracy Murray, the UCLA basketball team went from a probable final eight team to one that will struggle to reach the playoffs.
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November 13, 2013 | By David Wharton
The UCLA basketball team's biggest improvement in the early season involves one of its biggest players. Center Tony Parker had a career night against Oakland on Tuesday, scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in 34 minutes. Compare that to the season opener against Drexel when, hampered by early fouls, he finished with six points and five rebounds in only 20 minutes. "It felt great," Parker said of Tuesday's game. "Coach [Steve Alford] was really on me about keeping out of foul trouble.
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November 28, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
UCLA junior center Joshua Smith has quit the Bruins basketball team, the school announced Wednesday, thus ending his up-and-down career in Westwood that has been plagued by weight and conditioning issues.  “I have made the decision to leave the program for personal reasons,” Smith said in a statement. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at UCLA and am grateful for the opportunity that has been presented to me here.” Smith has been...
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October 15, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  College basketball season is on the hortizon, and on today's sports Google+ Hangout, we will be talking with Times reporters David Wharton and Baxter Holmes on the prospects for the UCLA Bruins. The Hangout will start at 11:30 a.m. As Chris Foster wrote last week, as UCLA began practice for the season, "The elephant in the gym was the on-going NCAA investigation into eligibility of freshmen Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson. Three times a UCLA official told the media, "We will not be speaking about the NCAA review or its impact on this team.
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