MEMPHIS — Norman Powell ended UCLA’s afternoon practice today with his arms raised, celebrating a shot he drilled from halfway down the FedEx Forum floor.
He said it’s the fourth half-court shot he’s hit after a shootaround this season, and tied an ongoing competition the players have with the coaches. Kyle Anderson leads the Bruins with six makes.
Powell said he isn’t sure what’s at stake in the competition besides pride.
Some other stories from this week:
— To get to UCLA, assistant coach David Grace took a circuitous path that followed a 20-year Air Force career.
— Steve Alford has earned $65,000 in performance bonuses on the way to his first Sweet Sixteen since 1999.