Jonah Bolden curiously departs UCLA basketball team to turn pro

UCLA junior Jonah Bolden has decided forego his final two years of college basketball eligibility and play professionally this coming season. Bolden informed the coaching staff of his decision to leave the school after one season, the UCLA athletic department announced Tuesday.

Where the 6-foot-10 Australian-born guard/forward will play professionally is uncertain, but a return to his home country seems an obvious possibility.

UCLA is now without three players that were expected to be on the roster this year not including guard Prince Ali, who isn’t likely to return from meniscus surgery by the start of the season. Three-star recruit Kobe Paras mysteriously withdrew from UCLA in June after academic conditions of his admission weren’t met. Junior Noah Allen transferred to Hawaii in May and now Bolden is departing what was expected to be a deep roster considering incoming talent labeled head coach Steve Alford’s best recruiting class. Continue reading

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UCLA 2016 schedule preview: Colorado

Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau, center, passes under pressure from UCLA defensive lineman Eli Ankou, left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau, center, passes under pressure from UCLA defensive lineman Eli Ankou, left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Continuing the look at UCLA’s 2016 schedule, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ ninth opponent, Colorado.

UCLA at Colorado
Thurs., Nov. 3 | Folsom Field
6 p.m., PT FOX Sports 1

2015 in review

Colorado again labored at the bottom of the Pac-12 South with its only conference win coming against lowly Oregon State. The Buffaloes (4-9, 1-8 Pac-12) haven’t won two games in the Pac-12 since their first year in the league and have never finished better than in a tie for fifth place. Against Colorado last year, the Bruins held on for an ugly 35-31 win, despite mounting injuries. Continue reading

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UCLA basketball to open Pac-12 play against defending champs

The Pac-12 portion of the UCLA men’s basketball schedule was announced Tuesday morning and the first school listed was the last conference representative remaining in the 2016 NCAA tournament.

UCLA will travel to defending Pac-12 champion Oregon the opening week of conference play to take on a team that reached the Elite Eight last season with a group that returns six of the seven players in its balanced rotation.

Four of the Bruins’ first six conference games are on the road, but five of the final seven are at Pauley Pavilion.

Coming off a five-game stretch to close nonconference play that includes dates with Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio State UCLA will face each of the four Pac-12 teams that finished the regular season in the top 25 in the first four weeks of conference play. Cal pays a visit to Westwood the first week of January before the Bruins visit Arizona and return home to host Utah. Continue reading

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UCLA 2016 schedule preview: Utah

Utah quarterback Travis Wilson (7) tries to block a tackle from UCLA linebacker Kene Orjioke, right, in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Kim Raff)

Utah quarterback Travis Wilson (7) tries to block a tackle from UCLA linebacker Kene Orjioke, right, in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Kim Raff)

Continuing the look at UCLA’s 2016 schedule, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ seventh opponent, Utah.

UCLA vs. Utah
Saturday, Oct. 22 | Rose Bowl

2015 in review

Utah has seemingly turned the corner as the Utes are coming off their best season (10-3, 6-3 Pac-12) since joining the Pac-12. The Utes started the year with six straight wins, rising to No. 3 in the nation before losing to USC at the Coliseum. UCLA’s 17-9 victory over the Utes officially ended Utah’s hopes at a Pac-12 South crown on Nov. 21. While the UCLA offense was held to a season-low in points, the defense carried the load. The Bruins kept Utah out of the end zone as the Utes settled for just three field goals in a 17-9 UCLA victory. Utah finished in a tie for the South title, but lost the chance to play in the Pac-12 Championship game due to a head-to-head tiebreaker with USC. Continue reading

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UCLA 2016 schedule preview: Washington State

Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks (9) reacts after scoring the go ahead touchdown against UCLA in the fourth quarter during a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Washington State won 31-27. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks (9) reacts after scoring the go-ahead touchdown against UCLA in the fourth quarter at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Washington State won 31-27. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Continuing the look at UCLA’s 2016 schedule, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ sixth opponent, Washington State.

UCLA at Washington State

Saturday, Oct. 15 | Martin Stadium

2015 in review

Washington State had its most successful season in more than a decade in 2015 as it finished 9-4 (6-3 Pac-12) with big wins over Oregon and UCLA. The Cougars had not had more than six wins in a year since 2003, when it went 10-3 and was ranked No. 9 in the nation at season’s end. WSU turned a three-point deficit into a four-point win over UCLA in 69 seconds as quarterback Luke Falk led a 75-yard game-winning touchdown drive to upset the Bruins on Nov. 14 at the Rose Bowl. It was the first time in 31 straight games under head coach Jim Mora that the Bruins lost when leading at halftime. UCLA’s 13 penalties were a season high for the Bruins. Continue reading

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