UCLA coach Steve Alford talked about his team’s continuing search for a road sweep as it heads to Washington, postseason momentum, as well as managing minutes.
Another Holiday is coming to UCLA.
Four-star guard Aaron Holiday, rated the No. 2 point guard in the class of 2015, has committed to the Bruins according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-1 Campbell Hall standout is an exceptional athlete who can score in bunches, recently dropping a 26-point fourth quarter on Viewpoint.
He follows in the footsteps of his brother Jrue and sister Lauren. Continue reading
Head coach Steve Alford was far from thrilled with UCLA’s first-half effort in Sunday’s 74-69 win over Oregon State:
With the conference title and No. 1 seed already out of reach, UCLA did the next-best thing on Sunday: clinching a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament.
With a 74-69 win over Oregon State on Sunday, Steve Alford and company ensured themselves no worst than a top-four finish in conference. Still, the Bruins might hope for the bracket opposite the Beavers in Las Vegas.
After upsetting UCLA in Corvallis last month, OSU hung around all night at Pauley Pavilion — keeping all 9,873 fans in their seats until the final buzzer. The Beavers’ athletic big men measure up well against the Bruins’ middling post defense, and they exploited the matchup almost immediately. Continue reading
Oregon State (15-12, 7-8) at UCLA (21-7, 10-5)
When: Sunday, 6 p.m., Pauley Pavilion
TV: FOX Sports 1 (Rob Stone, Jarron Collins)
Radio: AM 570 (Chris Roberts, Tracy Murray)
No. 1: Will Zach LaVine handle the ball more? Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams are returning after their one-game suspensions on Thursday, so LaVine won’t get anywhere close to the 17 shots he took in the double-overtime loss to Oregon.
But it’s about more than just his point total. His father, Paul, has been long insistent that the 6-foot-4 freshman is a point guard. LaVine’s brief stint there against the Ducks didn’t disprove that argument. Late in regulation, Bryce Alford and LaVine swapped roles in the backcourt, with the latter taking the reins of the offense.
Alford has been serviceable as a backup point, but he could be even more effective as a two guard — where he can move off the ball and get better looks. The two 3-pointers he hit during the last 33 seconds of the second half were both assisted by LaVine. More importantly, though, is that giving the ball makes LaVine much more comfortable and better utilize his athleticism. Continue reading
Sophomores Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams will likely return to the starting lineup then UCLA tips off against Oregon State on Sunday at 6 p.m.
The Bruins’ two top players served one-game suspensions during an 87-83 double-overtime loss to Oregon on Thursday for a violation of team rules. Head coach Steve Alford did not guarantee the two players their starting spots, but said they would be back as long as Saturday’s practice went well.
Freshman guards Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford had their first career starts against the Ducks on Thursday to fill the void, with the latter scoring a career-high 31 points.
Tyler Honeycutt only lasted 24 games in the NBA after a two-year stint at UCLA, but he’s still — as Ben Howland would say — making money playing basketball. The former All-Pac-10 selection signed with Ironi Nes Ziona in the Israeli Super League last August, and made SportsCenter by dunking over four people during the all-star contest.
Head coach Steve Alford, after the Bruins forced double overtime without their two best players: “I don’t know if I’ve been more proud of a basketball team during a regular season game.”
Pauley Pavilion nearly saw a miracle.
With 1:01 left on the game clock, UCLA was down seven points and missing its two best players.
The Bruins clawed their way through 11 more minutes, eventually falling 87-83 to Oregon in double overtime. Along the way, they left fans with arguably the most memorable game of the season.
Three hours before the 8 p.m. tipoff, the team had announced the suspensions of point guard Kyle Anderson and leading scorer Jordan Adams.
With little time the prepare, UCLA (21-7, 10-5) went almost the entire first half without an inside bucket and walked into the locker room in a 12-point hole.
No matter. With 1.2 seconds left in regulation, David Wear snuck behind the Ducks’ defense and streaked upcourt for a wide-open three. He caught an inbounds pass from his twin brother, Travis, and drilled a shot from some 30 feet away. Continue reading