UCLA announces new basketball practice facility, estimated to cost $30-40 million

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UCLA will spend an estimated $30-40 million on a new basketball practice facility, the school announced Thursday afternoon.

The new building will be located near the Bruins’ home court of Pauley Pavilion, immediately south of the Los Angeles Tennis Center and west of the planned $50 million football facility. The school said private donations will fund the project — which will house practice gyms for both men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well locker rooms and a training area. Continue reading

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UCLA basketball teams announce signing classes

UCLA has officially signed five-star forward Kevon Looney, one of the gems of the 2014 class.

“Kevon is one of the best players in the country in this class,” coach Steve Alford said in a statement. “He is extremely skilled and versatile. Most importantly, he’s a winner.”

The Bruins also inked Hungarian native Gyorgy Goloman, a little-known forward also sought by Davidson, Richmond and New Mexico. Alford’s statement called him “one of the best passing big men we have seen in years.”

Looney sent his national letter of intent to UCLA this morning, while Goloman did the same yesterday.

UCLA women’s basketball also signed its first-ever No. 1 recruiting class Continue reading

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UCLA women earn No. 3 NCAA seed

The UCLA women’s basketball team earned a No. 3 seed Monday afternoon in the Oklahoma City Region, and will open the NCAA tournament against No. 14 Stetson on Saturday at 10:40 a.m. It’s tied for the highest seed in program history, and has the Bruins — who missed March Madness last year — opening competition with a neutral site in Columbus, Ohio.

UCLA (25-7) should handle the Hatters (24-8) easily, and could meet six-seed Oklahoma after that. In November, the still-unranked Bruins pulled off an 86-80 road upset of the Sooners — then ranked No. 11 in the country. Guard Thea Lemberger, who sparked UCLA with 18 points in that game, is cleared to play after injuring her elbow over two weeks ago.

Full story here, as well as some photos from the Pavilion Club watch party.

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UCLA women fall to Stanford in Pac-12 finals

The UCLA women’s basketball team lost to Stanford in the Pac-12 final Saturday evening. If you consider that the Cardinal secured their seventh straight tournament title, the outcome doesn’t seem that surprising.

But what will sting the Bruins is how close they came to pulling off their biggest upset of the year, a 51-49 decision that was a missed Markel Walker layup away from overtime. The team retained possession with 0.2 seconds left on the clock, but couldn’t get a shot off. Continue reading

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