Sunday, May 27


Freshman guard Jaylen Hands has recently re-entered the starting rotation and injected some life back into UCLA men's basketball. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Four-guard lineup rejuvenates UCLA men’s basketball’s offense

For the first time in a while, UCLA men’s basketball returned to having fun. There was a Kris Wilkes fast-break windmill dunk – routine by his standards – and a between-the-legs alley-oop pass from Jaylen Hands to Wilkes in the same game, minutes apart from each other. Read more...

Photo: Freshman guard Jaylen Hands has recently re-entered the starting rotation and injected some life back into UCLA men's basketball. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman guard Jaylen Hands has recently re-entered the starting rotation and injected some life back into UCLA men's basketball. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman guard Kris Wilkes threw up 18 points Saturday night, second only to junior guard Aaron Holiday’s 21. Wilkes shot six-of-seven from the field, sunk both of his 3-point attempts and nailed all four of his free throws. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/assistant Photo editor)

UCLA defeats Stanford 89-73 behind acrobatic transition play

This post was updated Jan. 27 at 10:55 p.m. This time the lead was large enough. UCLA raced out to a double-digit advantage for the second time against Stanford this season, but there would be no Cardinal comeback Saturday night. Read more...

Photo: Freshman guard Kris Wilkes threw up 18 points Saturday night, second only to junior guard Aaron Holiday’s 21. Wilkes shot six-of-seven from the field, sunk both of his 3-point attempts and nailed all four of his free throws. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/assistant Photo editor)

Freshman guard Kris Wilkes threw up 18 points Saturday night, second only to junior guard Aaron Holiday’s 21. Wilkes shot six-of-seven from the field, sunk both of his 3-point attempts and nailed all four of his free throws. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/assistant Photo editor)

UCLA men's basketball will welcome California to Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night for the second matchup between the two teams this season. In their first meeting, the Bruins caught fire for a season-high 107 points en route to the 23-point road victory. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)

UCLA men’s basketball’s losing streak attributed to weak defense

Bill Walton called his alma mater’s basketball team soft in the middle of a nationally televised drubbing last weekend. It was an assessment that UCLA coach Steve Alford agreed with. Read more...

Photo: UCLA men's basketball will welcome California to Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night for the second matchup between the two teams this season. In their first meeting, the Bruins caught fire for a season-high 107 points en route to the 23-point road victory. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)

UCLA men's basketball will welcome California to Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night for the second matchup between the two teams this season. In their first meeting, the Bruins caught fire for a season-high 107 points en route to the 23-point road victory. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)

Coach Steve Alford’s bunch looked at a 1-point deficit multiple times late in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t find a way to take the lead in the game’s final minutes. (Mackenzie Possee/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Despite late comeback, UCLA men’s basketball falls to Oregon 94-91

Ball movement and ball security – one team exhibited both of those traits Saturday night, and it wasn’t UCLA. Oregon (13-7, 3-4 Pac-12) assisted on 19 of its 32 made field goals, including all but two of its 3-pointers, and held off a late UCLA comeback for a 94-91 win in Eugene, Oregon. Read more...

Photo: Coach Steve Alford’s bunch looked at a 1-point deficit multiple times late in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t find a way to take the lead in the game’s final minutes. (Mackenzie Possee/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Coach Steve Alford’s bunch looked at a 1-point deficit multiple times late in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t find a way to take the lead in the game’s final minutes. (Mackenzie Possee/Daily Bruin senior staff)


Redshirt sophomore forward Alex Olesinski sat out last season's campaign with a foot injury, but has become a legitimate threat off the bench for coach Alford and the Bruins early in the season. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)

UCLA men’s basketball will rely on top players to challenge Utah

Entering the season, UCLA men’s basketball only had two known quantities in junior guard Aaron Holiday and senior center Thomas Welsh. The Bruins’ frontcourt depth took another hit after freshmen forwards Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were suspended for shoplifting in China, forcing redshirt sophomore Alex Olesinski into the rotation as the first frontcourt player off the bench. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt sophomore forward Alex Olesinski sat out last season's campaign with a foot injury, but has become a legitimate threat off the bench for coach Alford and the Bruins early in the season. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)

Redshirt sophomore forward Alex Olesinski sat out last season's campaign with a foot injury, but has become a legitimate threat off the bench for coach Alford and the Bruins early in the season. (Michael Zshornack/Photo editor)


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