Head coach Steve Alford, after the Bruins forced double overtime without their two best players: “I don’t know if I’ve been more proud of a basketball team during a regular season game.”
Pauley Pavilion nearly saw a miracle.
With 1:01 left on the game clock, UCLA was down seven points and missing its two best players.
The Bruins clawed their way through 11 more minutes, eventually falling 87-83 to Oregon in double overtime. Along the way, they left fans with arguably the most memorable game of the season.
Three hours before the 8 p.m. tipoff, the team had announced the suspensions of point guard Kyle Anderson and leading scorer Jordan Adams.
With little time the prepare, UCLA (21-7, 10-5) went almost the entire first half without an inside bucket and walked into the locker room in a 12-point hole.
No matter. With 1.2 seconds left in regulation, David Wear snuck behind the Ducks’ defense and streaked upcourt for a wide-open three. He caught an inbounds pass from his twin brother, Travis, and drilled a shot from some 30 feet away. Continue reading
UCLA’s already slim chances at catching Arizona for the Pac-12 lead may have just disappeared.
The team suspended leading scorers Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson one game each for a violation of team rules. They will sit out when the Bruins tip off against Oregon at 8 p.m. tonight. The pair combines to average 32.1 points — over a third of the squad’s total output — as well as 14.2 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 4.6 steals.
The Ducks have the conference’s second-highest scoring offense behind UCLA, and lost their prior matchup in Eugene by just two points. With four games left in the regular season, the Bruins sit 2.5 games behind the Wildcats for first place.
Likely in line for their first career starts are freshman guards Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford. LaVine scored 14 points at Stanford last Saturday, his first double-digit effort in nearly a month, while Alford has averaged 7.8 points and 2.3 assists in his last eight games.
Kyle Anderson made another cut for a national award on Thursday morning, becoming one of 15 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
The UCLA point guard is one of two representatives from the Pac-12, joining Arizona guard Nick Johnson. Anderson and UConn’s Shabazz Napier are the only finalists to also make the midseason watch lists for the Wooden, Naismith and Bob Cousy Awards. Napier is averaging 17.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists to Anderson’s 14.9, 8.6, and 6.9.
See the full list of Robertson Trophy finalists below. Continue reading
UCLA big man Tony Parker’s 13-point outing at Stanford last Saturday was his best offensive showing in nearly a month. It also included just one foul — his first game with less than two since Nov. 24. It’s part of a small but not insignificant trend.
Through his first seven Pac-12 games as a sophomore, Parker committed 9.26 fouls per 40 minutes. Continue reading
STANFORD, Calif. — With just over a minute left, the UCLA defense broke down again. Josh Huestis, left all alone, flushed in an emphatic two-handed dunk.
Some 30 second later, the forward snuffed out the Bruins hopes again — this time by blocking Kyle Anderson at top of the arc. Maples Pavilion rose to its feet, cheering an 83-74 victory that never felt all that difficult.
UCLA’s window for catching Pac-12 leader Arizona got a little bit smaller as they filed another deflating road performance. Continue reading
Former UCLA guard Tyus Edney, best known for his 4.8-second dash against Missouri in the 1995 NCAA Tournament, will be the school’s latest inductee into the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor.
He will officially join those ranks on March 14, during a ceremony before the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals at MGM Grand Arena. Continue reading