Memphis is the closest Tony Parker has played to home since coming to UCLA, giving his family a mere 400 miles to travel from Atlanta.
One member of the entourage will make Thursday’s tipoff against Florida even more special for him: Tony’s brother, Adrian, will be in the FedEx Forum stands after finishing a 15-year prison sentence in January.
A year after Shabazz Muhammad finished his UCLA basketball career, the controversy he left in his wake continues to swirl. On Wednesday, BuzzFeed reported that his father, Ron Holmes, had taken out a loan based on Muhammad’s future earnings — something that could again run foul of NCAA investigators.
Three months ago, Holmes pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit federal fraud. That came nine months after the Los Angeles Times revealed that Holmes had falsified Muhammad’s age, making him a year younger with the likely hope of furthering his basketball career.
The latest revelation appears in a court document from Holmes’ legal case obtained by BuzzFeed. In it, Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel R. Schiess writes that Holmes told the FBI on March 21, 2013, that he had been “living on a loan tied to his son’s projected earnings as a top NBA prospect.” Continue reading →
The Bruins moved their April 26 “Spring Showcase” to the Carson sports complex after drawing an announced crowd of 15,000 to the Rose Bowl last year. The event starts at 5 p.m., but doors will open two hours earlier. Football players will be available to sign autographs from 3-4 p.m., with Olympic sport athletes doing the same the following hour.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5, or at the door for $10. UCLA students and children under 2 receive free admission.
Even before UCLA’s season began, Steve Alford has insisted that he wants to schedule tough, marquee opponents going forward — something he had little control over his first season.
“I’ve never been somebody that’s hid from opponents,” Alford said more than three months ago.
After squeezing in a game against Duke last winter, he continues backing that up. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Bruins will face Kentucky in December at the United Center in Chicago. Continue reading →
NCAA Tournament, South Region
Sweet Sixteen: No. 4 UCLA (28-8) vs. No. 1 Florida (34-2) When: Thursday, 6:45 p.m. PT, FedEx Forum (Memphis) TV: CBS (Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Rachel Nichols) Radio: AM 570 (Chris Roberts, Tracy Murray)
RPI/Pomeroy ranking: 1 / 1
Best wins: Beat second-seeded Kansas in a December home victory, allowing 26 points to Andrew Wiggins but holding every other Jayhawk to single digits in a 67-61 decision. Beat No. 8-seed Kentucky three times over a four-week span, by 10-, 19- and 1-point margins.
Worst losses: None. Lost at Wisconsin and UConn by a combined seven points. The Huskies needed a buzzer-beater from Shabazz Napier to hold on.
Key numbers: Lots to choose from here: 18th-most efficient offense, second-most efficient defense, a 28-game winning streak that tops college basketball.