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.” Continue reading →
McLEAN, Va. – UCLA has been ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Preseason Poll, as announced on Thursday afternoon. Earlier that morning, the Bruins were listed No. 2 in Baseball America’s preseason top-25 poll.
UCLA was the runner-up to national champion South Carolina at last season’s College World Series. The Bruins went 51-17 overall, posting their highest single-season win total in school history.
The coaches’ poll features TCU, Florida, Vanderbilt and Clemson rounding out its top five selections, respectively. No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 TCU each collected nine first-place votes, while No. 3 Florida secured seven votes, No. 8 South Carolina tallied five and No. 4 Vanderbilt earned one. The remaining top 10 spots include, in order, Oklahoma, Texas, South Carolina, Cal State Fullerton and Oregon. UCLA defeated Florida once and TCU twice at the 2010 College World Series to advance to the best-of-three championship round. Continue reading →
DURHAM, N.C. – UCLA has been selected No. 2 in Baseball America’s preseason top-25 poll, the national publication announced on Thursday. The Bruins finished the 2010 season as the runner-up to national champion South Carolina at the College World Series.
Florida has been ranked No. 1 in Baseball America’s preseason poll. Texas Christian, Vanderbilt and Florida are tabbed third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Texas, South Carolina, Cal State Fullerton, Connecticut and Clemson round out the preseason top 10 selections, in order.
UCLA defeated Florida once and Texas Christian twice at the 2010 College World Series to advance to the best-of-three championship round. Continue reading →
No. 4 CB Stephan McClure just announced that he will be attending and playing for Cal next season, a big recruiting blow in what has become an off-season of big recruiting blows for UCLA.
McClure was long rumored to be a UCLA lock, and only in the last week has the buzz around the Bears picked up. Earlier this week, recruiting experts gradually saw the shift in tide, changing even a 60/40 UCLA lead to 50/50, and ultimately, many ended up predicting Cal.
While UCLA appears pretty set at the cornerback season for the next couple years, McClure is a special talent, and there is little doubt that new Cal coach Ashley Ambrose played a major factor in his decision.
At this point, most of UCLA’s top-10 targets are either off the board or looking elsewhere, though the bright spot has been the reemergence of the Bruins as a player for long-time USC lock Jalen Grimble. Grimble will visit this weekend.