Tony Parker didn’t mince words Saturday evening. Still smarting from an 83-74 loss at Stanford, the UCLA forward lamented the fact that his team look ready to play.
The Bruins allowed the Cardinal to shoot 62 percent from the field, easily the highest of any team they’ve faced. For the third time this season, they lost the tail end of a Pac-12 road trip.
“This one is exactly the same thing,” said Parker, who had 13 points and three rebounds. “It’s a huge loss for us. It’s a huge loss. … We’ve got to learn. This is the third time this has happened. We’ve got to pick it up and learn from it. These are big losses. We’re taking hits for these.
“It’s tournament time. It’s February. We’ve got to turn it up. It’s actually time for us to be turning it up and going, but we take two steps back.”
STANFORD, Calif. — With just over a minute left, the UCLA defense broke down again. Josh Huestis, left all alone, flushed in an emphatic two-handed dunk.
Some 30 second later, the forward snuffed out the Bruins hopes again — this time by blocking Kyle Anderson at top of the arc. Maples Pavilion rose to its feet, cheering an 83-74 victory that never felt all that difficult.
UCLA’s window for catching Pac-12 leader Arizona got a little bit smaller as they filed another deflating road performance. Continue reading
Former UCLA guard Tyus Edney, best known for his 4.8-second dash against Missouri in the 1995 NCAA Tournament, will be the school’s latest inductee into the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor.
He will officially join those ranks on March 14, during a ceremony before the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals at MGM Grand Arena. Continue reading
The details of Jim Mora’s new extension with UCLA were reported earlier this week, but here is the amended contract in full for anyone that prefers all the nitty gritty.
The main points:
– Mora will make $21 million through the 2019 season, a $3.5 million per-year average that puts him behind only Washington coach Chris Petersen among Pac-12 public schools. He can earn up to $930,000 in performance bonuses.
– An additional $1.1 million is available for assistant salaries, with another $200,000 on top of that in 2015.
– All buyouts are waived if UCLA has not started construction on its new football facility by Oct. 1, 2015.
You can read through the contract after the jump. Continue reading
New assistant coach Mike Tuiasosopo will coach outside linebackers and special teams, UCLA officially announced today.
He fills the role vacated by Jeff Ulbrich, who was promoted to defensive coordinator after Lou Spanos left for the Tennessee Titans last month. Tuiasosopo had spent the bulk of his career as a defensive line coach, most recently at Colorado (2011-12) and Arizona (2004-10). Continue reading