VIDEO: Bryce Alford talks about UCLA’s 74-62 loss to Gonzaga

Point guard Bryce Alford talked about UCLA’s 74-62 loss to Gonzaga on Friday, one that ended the Bruins’ season in the Sweet 16. He had eight points and four assists to close his sophomore year, and only shot 3 of 11.

“I missed a fast-break layup, and I don’t remember the last time I did that. (Isaac Hamilton) did it a couple of possessions later. … It was just one of those nights when the ball didn’t bounce our way and we didn’t make enough shots.”

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VIDEO: Tony Parker talks about UCLA’s 74-62 loss to Gonzaga

UCLA center Tony Parker had 16 points and 11 rebounds against Gonzaga for his seventh double-double of the season, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the 74-62 season-ending loss in the Sweet 16. The junior talked about the game, and how the Bulldogs used center Przemek Karnowski (18 points, nine rebounds) with such success.

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VIDEO: Norman Powell reflects on last game of his UCLA career

Norman Powell ended his UCLA career on Friday, scoring 16 points to go with five rebounds, an assist and three blocks in a 74-62 loss to Gonzaga. It was his 141st career appearance, more than anyone in school history except Michael Roll (147), Darren Collison (142) and Alfred Aboya (142).

The senior talked to reporters in the locker room about the Sweet 16 game, and his emotions as his time in a Bruin uniform closes.

“I’m more than happy to say that this program is going in the right direction,” he said. “I feel like I’m leaving a great program. UCLA has a great tradition, and these coaches have done a great job of laying a foundation.”

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UCLA vs Gonzaga: Gameday reads

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For anyone looking for something to do between now and UCLA’s tipoff against Gonzaga at 4:15 p.m. PT (CBS), here’s a roundup of relevant reading:

— Isaac Hamilton started the season on a bumpy path, but has rediscovered his “old man’s game” late in the season.
— UCLA assistant coach Ed Schilling once shot poorly in a football stadium, but he doesn’t think the same will hold for the Bruins at NRG Stadium.
— From the Spokesman-Review: The first person to ever hire Steve Alford as a coach explains how it happened.
— From Grantland: How Kyle Wiltjer turned himself into a star by leaving Kentucky.
— From Y! Sports: An oral history of UCLA’s 2006 comeback against Gonzaga.
— And last but not least … Bill Walton’s recent aMa on Reddit.

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