UCLA’s loss to Oregon State sets up rematch with USC

UCLA lost their fourth straight game on Saturday, an ugly 86-82 decision against Oregon State that came despite the Beavers being without starting forward Tres Tinkle.

The Bruins finished the regular season with a 15-16 record and 6-12 in the Pac-12 — their worst conference mark since 2002-03, which was the final year of the Steve Lavin era. This loss also sets up a rematch in the Pac-12 Tournament against seventh-seeded USC.

No. 10-seed UCLA, which has already lost twice to the Trojans by 33 combined points, will tip off against its crosstown rival again on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

  • jameskatt

    This is very disappointing.
    Do we have bad players or a bad coach?
    In either case, something has got to change.

    • 88 Straight

      The coach. Plus, he recruited the players with the exception of Parker.

  • jim

    This team sucks. They couldn’t beat the Chicago Sisters of Mercy with Mother Theresa at point guard. Stevo…..you might think about calling your real estate agent and putting your house up for sale. Put on your asbestos pants because that hot seat is getting hotter all the time.

  • UCLA Dynasty

    He’s fired, right? Has to be, yes? Lavin wasn’t even this bad.

    • Jethro G Sabbath

      How can he be fired? He’s the one in charge of the “Dynasty”.

      • gotroy22

        Is there crying in basketball?

        • 88 Straight

          This is your year, Troy! Enjoy. 9-9 isn’t usually something to brag about, but it’s an upgrade!

  • gotroy22

    Is Alford still in the ICU Unit at UCLA Medical Center after getting hit in the jaw?

  • guest

    Will Alford be the first to lose to $UC three times?

  • 92104bruinfan

    An upper tier finish in the Pac 12, 20+ wins, and a round of 32 or 16 in the tourney seemed reasonable but far from lofty expectations going into this season. A sub .500 overall record, 6-12 in the Pac, and needing a miraculous run in the Pac 12 tourney is awful. Next season is obviously huge for Alford but also the hoops program on many fronts. Some folks are already understandably clamoring for Alford’s head, but 2 sweet 16 appearances and a top 5 recruiting class coming in next year with virtually everyone returning likely gets him another season. Bruin hoops have struggled to get the arena more than half full. The start times don’t help. Neither does ticket pricing that rivals what you’d pay for a Lakers or Clippers game downtown but without the LA Live & Staples Center amenities. However, a top level team that consistently wins helps all of that. Either Alford shows he’s the long term guy or Bruins hoops will be starting all over again after next season. Go Bruins!.

  • j metaphor

    Question:
    Is losing three in basketball the same as losing one 50 -0 in football?

    • guest

      well, losing 50-0 got Neuheisel fired. If losing 3 to $UC results in Alford being gone, then it’s just as good.

  • j metaphor

    Parker leaving will add 9 games to our win total next year