Sunday, January 28, 2018

OT: Last night in the NBA: Warriors vs Celtics. Battle of the elite guards: Irving 37 Curry (wait for it)...49.

The Best of the East comes a calling on the Best of the West. 

Warriors hold on to win 109-105. 

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UCLA takes care of Stanford at home 89-73

LOS ANGELES – Aaron Holiday scored a team-high 21 points and Kris Wilkes added 18 points to lead UCLA past Stanford, 89-73, in a Pac-12 contest on Saturday night in Pauley Pavilion.
Thomas Welsh logged his 13th double-double of the season, totaling 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Prince Ali scored 16 points to round out UCLA's list of double-figure scorers.
UCLA (15-7, 6-4 Pac-12) led at halftime, 49-36, and never saw its second-half cushion fall to any fewer than 11 points. In fact, the Bruins led Stanford (11-11, 5-4) by 22 points – 71-49 – with 11:50 to play in regulation.
Holiday scored at least 20 points for the seventh time in UCLA's 10 Pac-12 contests. He also had eight assists, pushing his career assist total to 401.
Jaylen Hands had an efficient outing, totaling a career-high 10 assists and committing just one turnover. Hands, a freshman from San Diego, totaled nine points in 29 minutes and made each of his four free throw attempts.
Welsh continued to climb in the Bruins' hallowed record books on Saturday evening. The senior center from nearby Redondo Beach, Calif., moved into the No. 6 slot on UCLA's career rebounds list (907). The former standout at Loyola High School now trails Bill Walton, Lew Alcindor, David Greenwood, Trevor Wilson, Don MacLean and Willie Naulls on UCLA's all-time rebounding list.
Daejon Davis led Stanford with 23 points and 10 assists while Dorian Pickens added 16 points.
UCLA led by as many as 22 points in the second half, thanks to a pair of quick runs. The Bruins scored eight straight points during a scoring run that was highlighted by a Wilkes windmill dunk. That was followed by a 9-5 scoring run, capped by a Wilkes alley-oop layup from Jaylen Hands to put UCLA ahead 71-49 with 11:40 to play.
The Cardinal cut the lead to 74-60 with 6:34 remaining after going on an 11-3 run, but the Bruins were able to hold off the surge with free-throw shooting. UCLA made each of its eight free throws in the final five minutes.
UCLA led 49-36 at halftime, scoring 22 of the final 31 points before the break. The Bruins had a 14-0 scoring run over a stretch of three minutes and 20 seconds. Holiday was responsible for 11 of the 14 points during the run with seven points and two great assists to Alex Olesinski and Thomas Welsh that helped put the Bruins up 38-27 with just under four minutes to play in the period.
The Bruins started the game hot from 3-point range making four shots from long range within the first three minutes to grab a quick 12-4 lead. Stanford battled back with a 9-0 run as Dorian Pickens had five points to give the Cardinal a 15-14 advantage with 13:22 to play in the period.
UCLA will complete its homestand against USC next Saturday, Feb. 3. Game time in Pauley Pavilion is 3 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' game against USC will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

UCLA lands ESPN #2 Center for 2018 (#18 player overall) Moses Brown (7-1, 241; Archbishop Molloy HS, Briarwood, NY)!!!

Bol Bol (Oregon commit) is the #1 Center for 2018 per ESPN (list). See Moses Brown play Bol Bol bottom video below. 

Battle of the top Centers for 2018 #2 Moses Brown vs. #1 Bol Bol

Moses Brown joins ESPN 2018 #46 SF Jules Bernard, #67 SG David Singleton and C Kenny Nwuba to make up the current Class of 2018. 

Welcome to UCLA, Moses Brown!!! Go, Bruins!!!

UCLA overcomes slow start and Welsh scare to handle Cal 70-57

The Bruins go to 14-7 overall, 5-4 in the Pac12. Stanford is next this Saturday. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Jan 21, 2018 -- UCLA can't get job done at Oregon. Loses 94-91. Goes 0-2 in the Beaver State.

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UCLA drops to 13-7 overall, 4-4 in the Pac-12. 

Jan 18, 2018 -- UCLA puts up clunker at Oregon State 69-63

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UCLA now at 13-6 overall, 4-3 in the Pac-12. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Off-Topic: Statement win: Dubs win at Cavs 118-108

Golden State moves to 36-9, topping the league. Cleveland falls to 26-17, 7th in the league, 3rd in the Eastern conference.  

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Buffaloes stomp all over UCLA 68-59

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LOS ANGELES – Thomas Welsh totaled 20 points and eight rebounds as UCLA dropped a 68-59 decision to Colorado before 10,164 in Pauley Pavilion in a Pac-12 game on Saturday night.

Colorado (11-7, 3-3) led from start to finish in the program's first-ever win in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA's loss came two days after the Bruins handed Utah an 83-64 victory.

"That's probably as disappointing as we've played all year," said UCLA head coach Steve Alford. "Our effort was poor, we were flat. I give Colorado an awful lot of credit that really played hard and executed better."

Welsh made 9 of 10 shots for UCLA (13-5, 4-2) and was 2-for-3 from three points range. Aaron Holiday and Kris Wilkes each scored 10 points in Saturday night's loss. UCLA was limited to its lowest point total in a game in Pauley Pavilion since Feb. 7, 2013, when the Bruins defeated Washington, 59-57, on a buzzer-beating jump shot by Larry Drew II.

"Outside of Tom [Welsh] we really just didn't have much as far as a good concentrated effort," Alford said. "I take responsibility for that. It's our job as coaches to make sure we are ready to play. And it's not just that we weren't ready to play, we had low energy and low effort. That's hard to watch."

The visiting Buffaloes were paced by senior guard George King, who led all scorers with a game-high 26 points, which included a 6-for-10 performance from the three-point line. King also posted a game-high 10 rebounds.

UCLA scored the game's first basket but never led after that point. The Buffaloes pushed their margin to 31-17 with 4:39 to play before UCLA reduced Colorado's cushion to 34-26 with 1:16 to play.

Colorado entered the locker room at halftime with a 39-29 advantage.

The Bruins opened the second half with a jump shot from Welsh and a layup from Wilkes to slice Colorado's advantage to 39-33 at the 17:56 mark. The Buffaloes responded, building their cushion up to 12 points in the next minute.

UCLA closed the second-half deficit to as few as four points after Welsh connected on back-to-back three-pointers with under six minutes to play. Welsh's consecutive threes pulled UCLA to within 55-51 at the 5:20 mark.

Colorado answered with a 7-0 scoring run, securing a 62-51 lead against UCLA with just 3:42 to play.

"They did a good job of mixing things from zone to man," Alford said. "They were really pushing it with their man defense. They trapped Aaron [Holiday] trying to get it out of his hands. I thought they did a really good job of that. I thought we had some looks too. Some looks at the bucket from three and we just didn't make them."

UCLA will return to action at Oregon State (10-7, 2-3) on Thursday, Jan. 18. Game time is 8 p.m. UCLA's game in Corvallis, Ore., will be nationally televised on FS1.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

UCLA beats Utah 83-64

The UCLA men's basketball team defeated Utah, 83-64, on Thursday evening in Pauley Pavilion. Aaron Holiday scored 20 points to pace the Bruins.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

UCLA Wins at Cal, 107-84


BERKELEY, Calif. – Aaron Holiday scored a team-high 21 points and Thomas Welsh registered his team-best 10th double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds as UCLA cruised past California, 107-84, on Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion.

The Bruins made a season-best 17 three-pointers (on 30 attempts), scoring a season-high 107 points in the victory. That marked the first time Cal surrendered at least 100 points since losing at Washington, 109-77, on Feb. 10, 2011.

The Bruins (12-4, 3-1 Pac-12) became the first team to score at least 100 points in Haas Pavilion against California (7-9, 1-2) since Arizona edged the Golden Bears, 107-105, on Feb. 5, 2011.

In addition, UCLA registered its highest single-game point total against California since defeating the Golden Bears in Berkeley, 113-93, on Feb. 27, 1976 (the 113 points scored against Cal that season remains the school record).

On Saturday afternoon, six Bruins finished in double figures. Holiday had his seventh 20-point game of the season, while Welsh tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds while nailing a career-high four three-point shots.

Alex Olesinski scored a career-high 14 shots, converting a four-point play with 10:10 left in the second half that pushed UCLA's cushion from 11 points to 15. Jaylen Hands finished with 11 points and a career-high eight assists. Kris Wilkes had 16 points, totaling a season-high four three-pointers, while Prince Ali added 15 points.

UCLA jumped to a 13-2 lead after the Golden Bears scored the game's first basket. The Bruins pushed ahead in the first half, entering the locker room at halftime with a 54-33 advantage.

California cut UCLA's 21-point halftime cushion to 14 points – at 60-46 – after a 13-6 scoring run to open the half. UCLA responded with 10 of the game's next 14 points, capped by a Holiday layup to push the Bruins' lead back to 20 points (70-50) with 14:27 remaining.

Holiday scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half. He finished the game having made 3 of 5 shots from three-point distance, as UCLA made 9 of 11 three-point baskets in the second half.

In the first half, Olesinski hit his second three-pointer of the game before Ali converted a layup to push UCLA ahead of Cal, 42-19, with 5:27 to go.

Welsh had already recorded a double-double by halftime, totaling 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 11 rebounds. Hands also had nine points in the first half.

UCLA registered its highest single-game percentages of the season – both overall field goal percentage (58.2%) and three-point percentage (56.7%).

UCLA returns home to face Utah in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, Jan. 11. Game time is 8 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' game against Utah will be nationally televised by ESPN2.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

UCLA Falls in Double Overtime at Stanford 107-99


STANFORD, Calif. – Aaron Holiday scored a game-high 31 points, while Kris Wilkes finished with 18 points as the UCLA men's basketball team fell to Stanford in double overtime, 107-99, on Thursday from Maples Pavilion.

This marked the first double overtime game for the Bruins since a 96-93 loss at Washington on Jan. 1, 2016.

Holiday scored at least 30 points for the second time in three games. He totaled 29 of his 31 points after halftime on Thursday evening.

UCLA finished with four players in double figures as Gyorgy "G.G." Goloman ended the game with a career-best 14 points and Prince Ali added 16.

In double overtime, UCLA scored five of the first seven points to take a 99-96 lead with 2:45 to play, but Stanford would score 11-straight points for the victory. Dorian Pickens scored six points during the 11-0 stretch including hitting a 3-pointer with just under two minutes in the period for a 101-99 advantage.

With UCLA trailing 94-91 in the first overtime, Holiday sent the game to double overtime when he hit a three-pointer from the right-wing as time expired. Kezie Okpala had pushed the Cardinal ahead of UCLA by three points with five seconds to play, scoring five consecutive points for Stanford, capped by splitting a pair of free throws (prior to Holiday's game-tying shot).

The Bruins led 74-61 midway thought the second half as Holiday caught fire with 16 points in the first 10 minutes of the period. Stanford concluded the second half scoring 23 of the final 34 points during a nine-minute stretch, helping send the game into overtime. Holiday put the Bruins up 85-82 with 25 seconds to go in regulation with a layup on the left side. Holiday had 22 second-half points, making 8 of 8 shots from the field.

Pickens followed with a three-point basket to tie the game at 85-85, forcing the first overtime session.

UCLA led 41-36 at halftime as UCLA closed the first period on an 11-4 run thanks to five-straight points by Ali in the final two minutes. Wilkes scored 11 of his 18 in the first half, while Goloman added 10 in the opening period.

The Bruins shot 45 percent (35-77) from the floor, including 30 percent (10-33) from behind the arc, while the Cardinal shot 51 percent (38-74) from the field and 43 percent (9-21) from 3-point range.

UCLA will finish its two-game road trip in the Bay Area on Saturday, facing California (7-8, 1-1) in Berkeley, Calif. Game time is 3:30 p.m. (PT) at Haas Pavilion. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

UCLA to Play at Stanford on Thursday Evening

The Bruins (11-3, 2-0) are looking to win their fifth consecutive game on Thursday night.

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LOS ANGELES – UCLA (11-3, 2-0 Pac-12) plays at Stanford (6-8, 0-1) on Thursday, Jan. 4. Game time at Maples Pavilion is 7 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' game at Stanford will be nationally televised by FS1. UCLA's road trip in northern California will continue on Saturday, Jan. 6, with an afternoon game at California (3:30 p.m., PT).
Venue: Maples Pavilion (7,392)
Game Time: 7 p.m. (PT)
Television: FS1
TV Talent: Aaron Goldsmith (play-by-play), Casey Jacobsen (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG): AM 1150
Radio Talent: Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Ch. 84/Ch. 84
SIRIUS App Channel: Ch. 84
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The Bruins won their only game against Stanford last season, recording an 89-75 victory over the Cardinal in Pauley Pavilion (Jan. 8, 2017). This Thursday's game will be the first of two-regular season meetings between UCLA and Stanford this month – the Cardinal will face the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 27. UCLA leads the all-time series against Stanford by a 143-93 margin.
Last week, UCLA opened Pac-12 play at home with victories against Washington State (96-82) and Washington (74-53) on Friday and Sunday evening, respectively. Aaron Holiday registered career highs in the victory against Washington State (33 points, 11 rebounds) and finished the two-game homestand having averaged 23.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Holiday connected on 6-of-9 shots from three-point range and made 11 of 12 free throws. Kris Wilkesaveraged 17.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, while Thomas Welsh registered 9.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game.
The Bruins led Washington State, 64-62, with just under nine minutes left in the second half and took advantage of a 13-2 run to secure a 77-64 cushion with 5:09 to play. From the point, UCLA's lead never fell to any fewer than nine points. Aaron Holiday scored 23 of his career-high 33 points in the first half of Friday night's victory.
UCLA was behind by as many as 14 points in the second half against Washington on Sunday (43-29 with 17:11 to play) after having entered the locker room at halftime trailing 36-28. The Bruins outscored the Huskies by a 45-10 margin the rest of the way. In fact, UCLA limited Washington to just 17 second-half points in Sunday's game.
Junior guard Aaron Holiday finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in last Friday's win against Washington State. He became UCLA's first player to record at least 33 points and 11 rebounds in a game since Feb. 26, 1995. Ed O'Bannon registered team highs of 37 points and 13 rebounds in UCLA's 100-77 win over Duke in that contest, connecting on 14 of 22 shots from the field. Last season, then-freshman TJ Leaf had a 32-point, 14-rebound performance in UCLA's 95-79 win at Washington State (Feb. 4, 2017). Holiday has scored in double figures in 13 of UCLA's 14 games this year.
Aaron Holiday and Thomas Welsh each reached the heralded 1,000-career-point milestone in last Friday's victory against Washington State. With a 23-point first half, Holiday became the 55th player in program history to have scored 1,000 or more points wearing a UCLA uniform. In the second half of the game, Welsh became the 56th player to achieve that milestone. Holiday's 23 points in the first half on Friday marked the largest first-half point total by a Bruin since Jan. 18, 2017, when Isaac Hamilton erupted for 25 first-half points versus Arizona State (Hamilton finished with 33 total points).
Aaron Holiday (1,030 career points, 361 career assists) has become the 13th UCLA player on record to have recorded at least 1,000 points and 300 assists in his UCLA career. Thomas Welsh (1,008 career points, 831 career rebounds) has become UCLA's 12th player with at least 1,000 points and 800 rebounds. The most recent UCLA player to have reached the 1,000-point/800-rebound benchmark was Dan Gadzuric in 2001-02.
Five of the Bruins' eight primary rotation players did not see action on the court for UCLA last season. Prince Ali and Alex Olesinski (redshirt sophomores) played as true freshmen in 2015-16 but took redshirt years in 2016-17. Freshmen Jaylen HandsChris Smith and Kris Wilkes have played vital roles midway through the Bruins' 2017-18 campaign. Wilkes (13.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and Hands (12.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg) are UCLA's second and fourth-leading scorers, respectively. Smith has twice scored in double figures, most recently totaling 10 points in the Bruins' win over South Dakota (Dec. 19).
Prince Ali enters this Thursday's game at Stanford having averaged 9.9 points per game. Ali has shot 45.9 percent from three-point range for the Bruins (17-of-37). The former resident of The Bronx, N.Y., ranks seventh in the Pac-12 Conference in three-point percentage (through Jan. 1). Ali has connected on at least one three-pointer in nine of the Bruins' 14 games. He spent his four years of high school in Florida, attending The Sagemont School in Weston, Fla., for his final two years. During his junior season, Ali was teammates with then-senior Gyorgy "G.G." Goloman (2013-14).