Kevin Love, in fact, not snubbed for high five by LeBron James

Former UCLA basketball player Kevin Love struggled in Cleveland’s season-saving Game 5 win on Monday against Golden State, which left him as the butt of internet jokes. Most notably, there was a Vine that showed LeBron James apparently leaving Love hanging for a high five.

However, the situation wasn’t what it appeared. In an extended clip, it shows James and Love simply having a discussion.

James and Kyrie Irving carried the Cavs to a Game 5 win while Love had only two points and three rebounds in 33 minutes. Cleveland still trails 3-2 with Game 6 on Thursday.

No matter the team that wins the NBA Finals, a Bruin will become a champion. Kevon Looney, who played one season for UCLA, plays for the Warriors, but he has only appeared in five games, averaging 1.8 points and two rebounds.  

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Year in review: Men’s basketball upsets No. 1 Kentucky

Note: As the school year winds down, we’ll spend time looking back on some of the most memorable moments of the 2015-16 season for UCLA athletics.

Dec. 3, 2015: Men’s basketball upsets No. 1 Kentucky


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Josh Lewin replaces Bill Roth on play-by-play for UCLA football, basketball

Josh Lewin has been named the radio play-by-play voice for UCLA football and basketball broadcasts. (Contributed photo)

Josh Lewin has been named the radio play-by-play voice for UCLA football and basketball broadcasts. (Contributed photo)

Only one year after taking the UCLA radio play-by-play job, Bill Roth stepped down while Josh Lewin will take over radio play-by-play duties for football and basketball.

Roth expressed a desire to return to the East Coast. Lewin has been the San Diego Chargers’ radio voice since 20015 and calling Mets games since 2012.

SCNG’s Tom Hofforth has the whole story about how the change went down with input from both Roth and Lewin.

Read the UCLA press release here.

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UCLA releases men’s basketball 2016-17 nonconference schedule

The program’s first trip to Kentucky’s Rupp Arena and a pair of games against reputable Big Ten programs headlined the UCLA men’s basketball 2016-17 nonconference schedule released Tuesday.

Of 13 nonconference opponents including Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio State, only three remain unknown. The Wooden Legacy, an eight-team tournament beginning on Thanksgiving, includes three UCLA contests yet to be determined against a field of Texas A&M, Dayton, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland and Cal State Northridge.

Despite a nonconference slate last season dotted with matchups against the likes of Kansas, North Carolina, Gonzaga and Kentucky, UCLA went 9-5 during the portion of the season where it showed the most promise. Tying the worst conference record in school history, a 6-12 mark good for 10th in the Pac-12, is what the Bruins are hoping to avoid this season.

“We’re confident that this nonconference schedule is not only going to go a long way towards helping our team prepare for Pac-12 play, but ultimately it’s going to pay dividends for us in March,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “Over the last three years, we’ve upgraded our program’s non-conference schedule, and this year is no exception.”
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Men’s basketball starts home-and-home series with Michigan

The UCLA men’s basketball team announced a home-and-home series with Michigan on Friday, which will start in the 2016-17 season.

The Bruins will host Michigan this year at Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 10, then travel to Ann Arbor in December 2017. It will be UCLA’s first game in Ann Arbor since 2007.

“This will be a fantastic matchup for college basketball fans, given the opportunity to watch a pair of tradition-rich programs from two marquee conferences battle it out before league play,” UCLA head coach Steve Alford said in a statement. “I know our players are already looking forward to the challenge.”

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