UCLA leads ASU 32-19

The Bruins took a 32-19 lead into halftime against Arizona State, putting their best defensive performance of the season forward.

Or is it the Sun Devil offense?

ASU is shooting 6-of-30 – 20 percent – and its 19 points are a season-low for a half. UCLA, meanwhile, is 12-of-24 and has outrebounded the Sun Devils, 24-14.

So why only a 13-point lead? UCLA had 11 turnovers in the first nine minutes by my count, though the official score has 10 for the half.

The Bruins went small to start the game, starting with a three-guard lineup for the first time this year.

Zeek Jones leads UCLA with 11 points, Reeves Nelson has eight and five rebounds, and three Bruins have four points. Trent Lockett has seven points and Rihards Kuksiks five for ASU, and three have two points.

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Honeycutt has flu-like symptoms

A UCLA official has informed us that UCLA sophomore small forward Tyler Honeycutt has flu-like symptoms, but will attempt to play today against Arizona State. Honeycutt has had trouble keeping food down all morning and is moving kind of gently in pre-game.

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Hobbi picks USC; what’s next for UCLA?

The Bruins once again lost out on a top target, as chose USC over UCLA and Arizona State earlier today.

Here is a look at some remaining targets for UCLA (using Scout.com rankings), though the situation is getting very dire.

#3 LB Tony Steward
Odds: The latest news is that the Bruins are very much in the mix for Steward, though I still believe it’s a FSU/Clemson battle. Stranger things have happened, though.

#24 DT Kevin McReynolds
Odds: McReynolds still has UCLA in his top four, but its a bit too earlier to tell which way he’s going.

#44 WR Devin Lucien
Odds: Lucien’s offer came a bit later than expected, but the Bruins are definitely in the mix for the Crespi star, if not the favorites.

I’ve been told by people close to Blair Holliday that he intends to stick with Duke, meanwhile, but the Bruins are expecting a visit from long-time USC commit Jalen Grimble this weekend.

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Love Sniffs Out An All-Star Bid

Minnesota Timberwolves forward and former UCLA star Kevin Love has had a sensational season, but now the T-Wolves are making one final push to get him into the All-Star Game.

One absolutely hilarious push.

Introducing: NUMB#RS, a cologne by men, for men.

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Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé.

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Ben Howland raced out onto the McKale Center court less than a minute into the second half, wearing a look of pure, unadulterated disgust.

He didn’t walk onto the court, he stomped onto it, equal parts frustrated and angry, and with good reason.

A five-point Arizona half-time lead turned into 10 in the first 40 seconds of the second half, and UCLA was on the ropes.

The Bruins swayed a bit, mustered a couple punches in return, but ultimately could not recover in an 85-74 loss that snaps a four-game winning streak.

“We were down five at the half, and then they score five unanswered to go up, and it was (Derrick Williams) both times,” Howland said. “Maybe I should’ve started Anthony Stover in the second half.”
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