February 18, 2014 |
When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Haas Pavilion. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 20-5, 9-3 in Pac-12; Cal 17-8, 8-4. Record vs. Cal: 1-0. Update: No. 23 UCLA is trying to chase down first-place Arizona. California is trying to chase down UCLA. The Bruins handled the Bears, 76-64, at Pauley Pavilion but saw a 19-point second-half lead trimmed to five before recovering their initiative. UCLA has been a much stronger second-half team in its last three games, but two of those were at home and the other was at last-place USC. The Bruins have lost three consecutive games at Haas Pavilion.
November 30, 2013 |
The best offense may be a good defense . . . or a good defensive player. It's working for UCLA anyway. Bruins offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone is hardly shy about poaching from the UCLA defense. Linebacker Myles Jack and defensive end Cassius Marsh have scored touchdowns this season. Eddie Vanderdoes joined the touchdown club in Saturday in the Bruins' 35-14 victory over USC. Vanderdoes, a freshman defensive tackle, has been used in the Bruins' short-yardage package this season.
February 20, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Guard Jeff Baca, a sixth-round pick by Minnesota last season, is the only UCLA offensive lineman drafted since 2000. In that sense, former Bruins lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo could be a trendsetter. He's considered among the top interior linemen in this draft class and is a potential first-round pick. Su'a-Filo said Thursday that the lack of NFL linemen from the school during the past decade attracted him to UCLA. "That was one of the big reasons I went there," he said.
November 19, 2013 |
UCLA tackle Torian White was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of felony sexual assault. UCLA police responded to a call from an apartment complex near the campus about 3 a.m., the school said in a news release. White, a redshirt sophomore from Inglewood, was arrested a short time later and booked into the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Twin Towers correctional facility. As of late afternoon Tuesday, he was in custody without bail. No charges had been filed. White was scheduled to have a hearing Monday, but "we have asked for more investigation," said Jane Robinson, public information officer for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
November 28, 2013 |
Quarterback Brett Hundley's sophomore season at UCLA has been just that … a sophomore season. The "ooohs" and "aaahs" that followed his breakout freshman season have subsided a little. Hundley threw for a school record 3,740 yards in 2012 and his 29 touchdown passes were the second-most in UCLA history. Add to that 355 yards and nine touchdowns rushing and that word "Heisman" was being tossed around. That chatter has been muted for the moment. Hundley's numbers are similar to last season's with two games still to play - USC on Saturday and a bowl game.
January 18, 2014 |
SALT LAKE CITY - Steve Alford is unlikely to plan a Utah family vacation any time in the near future. The UCLA coach has not enjoyed his last two visits. His final game as New Mexico's coach was the third-seeded Lobos' loss to Harvard in Salt Lake City in the NCAA tournament last spring. His return as UCLA's coach was an oh-what-might-have-been moment: a 74-69 loss to Utah on Saturday. UCLA (14-4 overall, 3-2 in Pac-12 Conference play) was flat-footed at the start. By the time the No. 25 Bruins' effort arrived at the Huntsman Center, they were buried too deep.
January 17, 2014 |
SALT LAKE CITY - There are advantages to having a 6-foot-9 point guard such as Kyle Anderson . That was evident not so much in Anderson's play for UCLA on Thursday as it was in the performance of teammate guard Norman Powell . Powell, a 6-4 junior, matched his season high with 19 points in prodding the No. 25 Bruins to a 69-56 victory over No. 21 Colorado. Powell's play had roots in Anderson's presence. "What is happening is teams are trying to put big guards on Kyle," said Coach Steve Alford , whose team plays Utah on Saturday afternoon.
November 21, 2013 |
UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone saw Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley for the first time two years ago. Did he look like a future NFL quarterback? "Yes," Mazzone said Wednesday. "He had all the physical attributes. " Different time, different scene, different quarterback, different opinion: Mazzone had been Arizona State's coordinator in 2010 when he first sized up Taylor Kelly. Was Kelly an NFL possibility? "No," Mazzone said, smiling. "That's why I'm really proud of him. " UCLA and Arizona State play at the Rose Bowl on Saturday with a lot at stake, including first place in the Pac-12 Conference South Division.
February 28, 2014 |
It was late Thursday night when UCLA's short-handed basketball team finally succumbed to Oregon in double overtime, 87-83. The Bruins were able to rally from a 14-point second-half deficit without their two best players, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson , who were suspended one game for violating team rules. "I don't know if I've been more proud than I am of this team," Coach Steve Alford said after UCLA fell to 21-7 overall, 10-5 in Pac-12 Conference play. The suspensions meant a much-longer-than-usual night for freshmen Bryce Alford and Zach LaVine , who replaced Adams and Anderson.
January 12, 2014 |
There is no denying the marquee abilities UCLA freshman Zach LaVine can bring to a game. He gave a sparse crowd at Pauley Pavilion a peek of those Sunday. LaVine's 19 points in UCLA's 87-72 Pac-12 Conference victory over Arizona State won't jump off the stat sheet, as he was one of five Bruins in double figures. But what he did during an eight-minute stretch in the first half should get the chatter going around the water cooler. He scored 15 points to fuel a 20-8 run that gave UCLA (13-3 overall, 2-1 in Pac-12 play)