Freshman guard Zach LaVine hung out with me and staff photographer Hans Gutknecht for a bit this week and showed off a few dunks. Here’s the story that ran in today’s Daily News, on the most exciting draw at Pauley Pavilion this season.
UCLA’s biggest hole next year looks to be shrinking quickly. This morning, the Bruins landed four-star forward Jonah Bolden, an Australian native playing this season at Findlay Prep. Continue reading
Missouri handed No. 18 UCLA its first loss of the season on Saturday, defeating the Bruins 80-71 and extending its home winning streak to 24 games. Jabari Brown scored a game-high 22 points, and was one of three Tigers with at least 20 points.
UCLA’s season-low in scoring came on just 37.7 percent shooting, going 8-of-31 in the second. Sophomore guard Jordan Adams had 22 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine each had 13 points.
Travis and David Wear combined for four points in 43 minutes.
– UCLA’s 89-76 win was solid given that UCSB shot lights out early and looked like a team that could earn a March Madness berth. The key was a 27-of-36 showing at the free throw line, the first time the Bruins shot more than 30 in a game this season.
They are 8-0 for the first time since 2006-07.
– Freshman Zach LaVine led the team with 13 points at halftime, showing off his range with a number of deep threes. He still needs to improve his shot selection, but doesn’t seem fazed by a hand in his face or rushing defenders. I write more about him here. Continue reading
UCLA maintained its perfect record with a 95-79 win over Northwestern Friday night, closing out the Las Vegas Invitational.
Sophomore Kyle Anderson was named tournament MVP and nearly had his second career triple-double. The point guard finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, four steals and a block. He also made both his 3-point attempts, chipping in to the Bruins’ absurd 13-of-16 rate from downtown. Continue reading
UCLA forward Wanaah Bail be available for the Bruins’ Thursday game against Nevada, coach Steve Alford said this morning. The freshman had knee surgery in late June, and finally practiced with full contact for the first time last week.
A former three-star prospect in 2012, Bail is an athletic big man who adds depth to the frontcourt and provides another option in UCLA’s transition offense.
UCLA had a chance to work on its dunking skills, and Norman Powell had five of UCLA’s 10 slams in this 106-65 win over Chattanooga.
Powell’s windmill dunk was the highlight of the evening as were the 106 points. UCLA hadn’t scored more than 100 points in a non-exhibition game in five years. And that’s because defensive-minded Ben Howland was coach.
This was a new kind of UCLA look to be sure. Kyle Anderson nearly had another triple double with 17 points 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Jordan Adams scored a team-high 22 points, and Tony Parker had a career-best 14 rebounds.
The Bruins are 5-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season, when they won their first seven games.
In an 81-70 win that looked more difficult than it should have, Kyle Anderson carved out his little piece of UCLA history.
The sophomore point guard dropped a triple-double on Morehead State, the first by a Bruin since Toby Bailey logged his on Dec. 18, 1995. Continue reading
Well, Andy Enfield has definitely made Los Angeles college basketball a lot more interesting.
Last month, the first-year USC coach quipped in practice that anyone who wanted to play slow could head to UCLA.
For the record, the Bruins are currently ranked 50th nationally in adjusted tempo, according to kenpom.com. The Trojans are 172nd.