Kevin Love makes record-tying donation to UCLA

Former UCLA basketball player Kevin Love (left) made a record-tying donation to UCLA's Mo Ostin Basketball Center. (AP Photo/Dick Whipple)

Former UCLA basketball player Kevin Love (left) made a record-tying donation to UCLA’s Mo Ostin Basketball Center. (AP Photo/Dick Whipple)

The UCLA athletic department announced a record-tying donation to the Mo Ostin Basketball Center from former UCLA basketball player Kevin Love on Tuesday as the NBA champion matched his former college teammate Russell Westbrook’s donation that was the largest by a former basketball player.

In honor of the gift, UCLA will name the new basketball-specific strength and conditioning facility in the Ostin Basketball Center The Kevin Love Strength and Conditioning Center.

Love will be at the Rose Bowl on Saturday at UCLA’s football game against Stanford for the UCLA Olympians reunion after he helped Team USA to a gold medal at the Rio London Olympics. He will be honored during the first quarter break.

“UCLA will always be my home,” Love said in a statement. “I have such fond memories of my time here from meeting Coach Wooden, to our run to the Final Four. I want to give back to the school and help prepare all the athletes who come through UCLA sports programs for their next steps, just like my time on campus prepared me.”

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UCLA basketball lands most national TV games of Steve Alford era

Television executives have officially joined the faction anticipating Steve Alford’s heralded recruiting class. The UCLA men’s basketball team will make more national television appearances this coming season than each of the previous three under Alford.

Featuring touted freshmen Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf, the Bruins will appear on CBS on three occasions, Fox Sports 1 six times and the ESPN family of networks a minimum of 10 times, according to the schedule released by the UCLA athletic department on Thursday.

UCLA’s 15-17 record last season and a 6-12 conference mark that was their worst in 14 years didn’t deter the networks. The obvious reason seems to be the arrival of rivals.com’s No. 5 recruiting class in the country to a roster that has a solid nucleus after graduating just one senior, center Tony Parker. Ball and Leaf are rated the class of 2016’s fourth and 16th recruits in the country, respectively, by rivals.com, which rates UCLA freshman center Ike Anigbogu 25th. Continue reading

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UCLA links: Men’s basketball cruises to win in Australia

UCLA coach Steve Alford said this year's Bruins don't respond as well to "mental pressure" as last year's team. (David Crane/Staff)

UCLA coach Steve Alford praised his three freshmen after the Bruins blew out Sydney University in their exhibition game Tuesday. (David Crane/Staff)

Freshmen starred for the UCLA men’s basketball team in its 123-76 exhibition blowout victory over Sydney University on Tuesday.

UCLA’s trio of freshmen had 46 combined points with TJ Leaf leading the way with a team-high 21. Ike Anigbogu had 16 and Lonzo Ball had nine. Leaf added nine rebounds and Anigbogu had eight boards. Ball had four assists, two steals and two blocks.

“They were outstanding, all three of them – Ike, Lonzo and TJ,” head coach Steve Alford told UCLABruins.com. “We know what they can do. They came here in their first exhibition game and all three played very well.”

UCLA seniors Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford had 18 and 17 points, respectively.

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UCLA adopts Clear Bag Policy at Rose Bowl, Pauley Pavilion

Example of bags allowed into the Rose Bowl and Pauley Pavilion. (Twitter/@UCLAAthletics)

Example of bags allowed into the Rose Bowl and Pauley Pavilion. (Twitter/@UCLAAthletics)

All UCLA football home games at the Rose Bowl and ticketed events at Pauley Pavilion this year will be subject to new security screening procedures, including a Clear Bag Policy, UCLA announced Friday.

Per the policy, only clear tote bags, plastic storage bags (similar to Ziploc bags), small clutches and diaper bags will be allowed in to home games.

Additionally, electronic screening will be used at all entry gates.

UCLA will send each season ticket account holder a souvenir plastic bag that complies with the new policy before the season starts. The school will also distribute clear bags outside of the stadium before the first and second games of the season.

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UCLA links: Lonzo Ball wants to bring ‘culture of winning to UCLA’

Incoming freshman Lonzo Ball will make an immediate impact on UCLA men's basketball.  (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Incoming freshman Lonzo Ball will make an immediate impact on UCLA men’s basketball. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Football season is quickly approaching, but there is still some time for college basketball talk.

Here’s an interesting read on the Ball family from Slam Magazine. In it, incoming UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball says of starting his college career: “For me, I’m trying to bring back the culture of winning to UCLA.”

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