The UCLA basketball team will host Michigan on Dec. 10, 2016.
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LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men's basketball team will face Michigan in a home-and-home series over the next two seasons, it was announced Friday.
UCLA will host the Wolverines in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 10, 2016, marking Michigan's first game in Pauley Pavilion since Dec. 23, 2006. Michigan will in turn host the Bruins at the Crisler Center in Dec. 2017, marking UCLA's first trip to Ann Arbor, Mich., since Dec. 22, 2007. Since the game in 2007, UCLA and Michigan faced each other in Nov. 2008 at Madison Square Garden and in Nov. 2011 in the Maui Invitational.
"We're excited to add another bigtime home-and-home series to our schedule, this time with Big Ten power Michigan," UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. "I have the utmost respect for Coach Beilein and what he's been able to accomplish not just in his nine seasons with the Wolverines, but throughout his 38 years as a collegiate head coach. This will be a fantastic matchup for college basketball fans, given the opportunity to watch a pair of tradition-rich programs from two marquee conferences battle it out before league play. I know our players are already looking forward to the challenge."
This marks the third nationally prominent home-and-home series added to UCLA's schedule in the last three seasons, including previous meetings in Pauley Pavilion against Gonzaga (Dec. 2014) and Kentucky (Dec. 2015).
UCLA will host Michigan in Pauley Pavilion for the fifth time in the all-time series. The Bruins have compiled an 11-5 all-time record against the Wolverines, including three wins in four meetings in Pauley Pavilion.
The non-conference portion of UCLA's 2016-17 schedule includes three games during the week of Thanksgiving in the Wooden Legacy, to be played in Fullerton and Anaheim (Nov. 24, 25, 27). Next season's eight-team field in Orange County includes CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M, UCLA and Virginia Tech.
In addition, the Bruins are scheduled to face Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas on Dec. 17, 2016. UCLA is also scheduled to play the second game of a home-and-home series at Kentucky on Dec. 3, 2016.
Season tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by visiting uclabruins.com/basketballtickets. For more information about purchasing UCLA men's basketball season tickets, call 310-206-5991.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Article Link) -- They rose with the genteel spirits of a fan base known for loyalty to the Southern kings of college hoops. They brought their joy into the concourses of Rupp Arena, where men and women of all ages spoke with unhinged excitement as they awaited tipoff between two powerhouses, UCLA and Kentucky.
On Saturday, Kentucky and its fans expected to exit their favorite team’s affair against a Pac-12 titan with elevated self-esteem, the brand of borderline arrogance that extended dominance offers the affiliated.
On Monday night, the Wildcats scored 115 points against Arizona State in 40 minutes in the Bahamas -- their third consecutive triple-digit output. They defeated Michigan State by 21 points at the Champions Classic. They forced turnovers on nearly one-quarter of their opponents’ possessions prior to their game against the Bruins.
As a result, the pompoms of middle-aged women clad in blue and white popped while the screams of millennials sailed through the nosebleeds. The fans had prepared their welcome party in a colorful scene at Rupp Arena, with a massive bowl doubling as a giant pitcher plant anticipating the missteps of an opponent it would soon ingest.
Kentucky had won 42 consecutive games at Rupp Arena. The streak commenced after a home loss to Arkansas on Feb. 27, 2014. For two whole seasons (2014-15, 2015-16) and parts of two others, Kentucky had not lost at home.
Lonzo Ball and UCLA silenced Kentucky fans at Rupp Arena -- and the Bruins' skeptics too -- with a 97-92 victory over the top-ranked Wildcats on Saturday. Joe Robbins/Getty Images
Hours after Saturday’s game, however, Steve Alford and John Calipari approached the postgame dais to discuss No. 11 UCLA’s 97-92 win over No. 1 Kentucky.
With a handful of words, both coaches affirmed UCLA’s new position as a real contender following a season all affiliated with the Bruins intend to forget.
“Hopefully, the guys take a lot of confidence, a lot of momentum away, knowing they can play with anybody in the country," Alford said. "Not just play with anybody in the country -- we can beat anybody in the country.”
Said Calipari: “They manhandled us. They physically manhandled us. And you don’t see that very often, especially in this building.”
The Bruins can play with any team in America. They can win the Pac-12 -- and maybe more. They know that now.
Before Saturday, Calipari’s Wildcats drew comparisons to some of his best teams at Kentucky. And it seemed another talented Alford team warranted caution -- not from the staff but from observers and fans who had watched Alford’s former packs of studs in Westwood clank shots off the rim of hype.
Wins over Texas A&M and Nebraska this season overwhelmed few. The Bruins needed something more to send a message to the college basketball world: It’s all different this season.
Even with Lonzo Ball committing five turnovers in the first half -- he finished with 14 points (2-for-8 from the 3-point line), seven assists, six rebounds, six turnovers, one block and one steal -- UCLA ended the game with six players in double-figures. The Bruins nullified any suggestion that they could only explode on offense against undistinguished opponents by collecting 97 points in their 83-possession matchup against a team that entered Saturday ranked third in adjusted defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com.
That vaunted Kentucky frontcourt led by projected NBA lottery pick Bam Adebayo (18 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks) could not stop UCLA’s TJ Leaf and Thomas Welsh, who combined to score 31 points and snatch 15 offensive rebounds. Ike Anigbogu rushed into the lane with the who-wants-a-piece-of-me aggression that Calipari couldn’t find in his big men on Saturday.
The Kentucky coach said he didn’t call for a pregame shootaround. He won’t do that again. Adebayo said his team has to address its approach to games played early in the day and continue to learn because it is a young squad.
But the 12:30 p.m. ET game tipped off at 9:30 a.m. Los Angeles time. Alford started two freshmen (Ball and Leaf), while another underclassman, Aaron Holiday, helped his team salvage Ball’s rocky first half when he scored 13 points (6-for-6 shooting) before the break.
The Bruins competed like the best team in America in a convincing win over the former best team in America.
To make noise on the national scene, UCLA could not simply enter Rupp Arena and compete, though. That isn't sufficient for a team that finished under .500 a year ago. Had the Bruins suffered another loss to a premier opponent, a team they defeated in Los Angeles last year, they would have attracted more doubts about their identity and prospects.They had to leave the Wildcats and their supporters in a heap of confusion to change the narrative, change the critics, change the projections, change the future. They had to prove they could go on the road and defeat an elite team.
And that’s what the Bruins did. Is UCLA back? Is UCLA a national title contender now? Ask the No. 1-ranked team the Bruins rumbled through Saturday afternoon.
Before the Bruins left Rupp Arena for the team bus, Bryce Alford (14 points) took a selfie with his father and coach. Both beamed. Other UCLA staffers snapped photos of the historic Rupp Arena court.
For the first time in a long time, UCLA had achieved something worth remembering. Alford took a major step toward creating a new future as Kentucky fans left Rupp Arena feeling an unfamiliar sting.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — This was not long after Kentucky’s 42-game Rupp Arena winning streak had gone poof Saturday. After Big Blue Nation had melted from full and confident roar into a dissatisfied and slightly stunned murmur. Main perpetrator TJ Leaf — “He killed us,” John Calipari would later say of the UCLA freshman — stood in a hallway with a candid message for the rest of college basketball.
“A lot of people are just thinking we played out of our minds,” Leaf said of the Bruins’ 97-92 track meet with No. 1 Kentucky. “We played a good game. Nothing special. That’s just who we are. We’re a good basketball team. We can compete with anyone in the country, and I think we showed that.”
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They showed it to the Bluegrass, anyway. Showed it with flash and muscle and the pass-around balance that is quickly becoming their trademark.
“They physically manhandled us,” Calipari would mention. “You don’t see that very often, especially in this building.”
So here’s the aftermath: Nobody need be taken surprise anymore by UCLA. The Bruins certainly aren’t surprised themselves, never mind they are barely eight months removed from a 15-17 record.
“We talked about 'Don’t go in and jab around the ring to see if you belong,'” coach Steve Alford said. “You’re 8-0. You’re playing well. Trust that you belong.”
We don’t know exactly what happened to the normally invulnerable home Wildcats on Saturday — the team that had won its first seven games by an average of 30.6 points. We don’t know if outside shooting deficiencies will torment Kentucky all season, or why its defense leaked and allowed the most points ever by a Calipari team. Why something was missing in a 12:30 p.m. ET game.
“Most people aren’t morning people,” Kentucky freshman Bam Adebayo mentioned afterward as a possible factor. OK, but it was the Bruins who were playing at 9:30 a.m. their time.
“Why didn’t we pass it today?” Calipari wondered aloud of his offense, on an early December day that felt like late March. “Because it was national television, it was my time? We all look bad.”
Kentucky will have to work all that out. Meanwhile, here’s one certainty: UCLA belongs, all right. Young, fearless, confident and now 9-0. Oh yeah, the Bruins belong.
They had nine more turnovers Saturday and shot six fewer free throws. Seven-footer Thomas Welsh played only 19 minutes because of foul trouble, and freshman do-it-all Lonzo Ball had a turnover glut the first half. Plus, this was their first true road game, at a place which might as well have a sign at the door reading, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”
On this day, UCLA entered and outscored Kentucky by 23 points in one stretch to lead by 14 in the second half. Calipari has coached 129 Kentucky games in Rupp Arena and you can count on one hand the number he’s lost. Try 124-5.
“They’re not used to losing here,” said UCLA senior guard Bryce Alford, the son of the coach.
“We really showed we’re ready for the moment,” Leaf said. His way of showing it was 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
They figured they were ready. “I think we all knew it in our locker room. I think we proved it to people outside our locker room,” Leaf said. But any team, especially with two freshmen as key players, can always use confirmation, and it doesn’t get much better than this.
For instance, how many times can a pack of Bruins say they’ve done something no other UCLA team has ever done — including those coached by John Wooden? The Bruins had never won at Rupp before. (Of course, they had never played there before, but we digress).
“To be able to do something at a school with these four letters that has done pretty much everything in the game of college basketball,” Bryce Alford said, “and to be able to put your stamp on it, that’s something I’ll remember forever.”
Or this. UCLA had bludgeoned lesser foes with offensive gusto. Six players arrived in Lexington averaging in double figures, the Bruins were putting up 97 points a game and they led the world in assists. But that was against Pacific and UC Riverside, and this was Kentucky.
It didn’t matter. UCLA scored 97 points. Again. Six Bruins were in double figures. Again. The offense sprinted hither and yon and produced with 53 percent shooting. Again. Rupp aura or not, Kentucky galaxy of talent or not, it was business as usual for UCLA.
“The thing I’m most pleased with is that we came in here with a certain identity,” Steve Alford said. “And we left here with that same identity.
“If you can run with this team, you can run with anybody.”
Saturday, then, was a genuine rite of UCLA passage. Steve Alford mentioned that December is when “identity gets cemented. You might think that’s what you can look like. You hope that’s what you can look like. We’ve got a pretty good identity building right now.”
He could quibble about the sloppy ending, but he blamed that on the fact the Bruins, with one rout after another, were unaccustomed to protecting leads. “I think we’ll play with more poise next time,” he said. And the father who hit nearly 90 percent from the line as an Indiana Hoosier was annoyed that son Bryce missed a couple of late free throws.
“Being an Alford,” Bryce said afterward, “you don’t miss free throws.”
But all in all, it was a revealing and exhilarating weekend jaunt for UCLA. The Bruins are likely to be back in the top 10, and they haven’t been there in seven years. Their third-place pick in the Pac-12 looks weak now. And the bad taste of last year — not to mention the darts thrown at Coach Alford — have waned. Losing seasons are considered very, very bad manners in Westwood.
“The UCLA brand is huge,” Steve Alford said. “We had a losing season last year. That doesn’t happen very often at UCLA. And yet we were ranked in the top 20 to start the year. That’s the power of the brand that we have.”
Also, one might add, the pressure. But the masses have to be tickled, not only at the record but the style of the team. The Bruins are forever looking to make the extra pass and obviously prefer to spread the wealth. Ball has gotten the big ink lately, but Leaf showed his freshman flash Saturday. Not that Ball's game wilted with his six turnovers. He still went for 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
“The kid just knows how to win,” Steve Alford said.
Meanwhile, Bryce Alford and fellow senior Isaac Hamilton don’t seem to mind that the rookies are drawing so much attention. “You [sometimes] get seniors who are like, hold on now, this is our team. It’s never been that,” Steve Alford said.
Said Ball: “We’re going to find a way to win. That’s not just me, but my teammates, too.”
And Bryce Alford: “There’s not more pressure on one of us than all of us. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to play for a team that is so unselfish. We’re about the team, every single player, top to bottom.”
Plus, this is a home-grown resurgence. Of the Bruins’ top six players, Alford plucked five from the state of California, and one off his family tree.
“We have a goal: from good to great,” he said. “We’re not great yet. But we knew we were good coming in. We took a pretty good step towards being a little bit better than good.”
If you can do what the Bruins just did to Kentucky, how high is your ceiling? That’s what must be wondered now about UCLA. That is the Bruins’ souvenir from their trip to Lexington. Plus, the memories of a Rupp Arena gone quiet.
Chino Hills VS Foothills Christian FULL HIGHLIGHTS! Foothills Christian led by UCLA bound senior Jaylen Hands gave Chino their toughest W of the season so far by slowing down the pace the full game. LaMelo Ball finishes with 38 points and Chino Hills ends up winning 90-73.
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Foothills Christian started out hot with a 12-0 run led by 4 three point baskets.
Chino Hills did not get a basket until about 4 minutes into the first quarter by LaMelo Ball.
At the end of the first half, Foothills Christian led Chino Hills 42-36 led by Jaylen Hands 15 and teammate Van Ommering’s 11. LaMelo Ball had 16 first half points while his brother LiAngelo Ball had 14.
LaMelo and Hands dazzled the crowd in the second half by going back and forth at one another. Ball hit a few NBA range 3-point baskets while Hands used his quickness and body control to draw fouls and score inside.
The 2 combined for 69 points as LaMelo Finished with 38 points and Hands with 31.
Brother LiAngelo Ball is just 2 days off a 72 point game and finished with a cool 28 as Chino Hills went on to win 90-73 in what was a very competitive game up until the last couple minutes.
Chino Hills will go on to play in the Championship game tomorrow at Corona Centennial High School @ 7.30pm.