Thursday, March 23

TJ Leaf sprained his ankle in the first five minutes of UCLA’s game against Washington. The freshman forward sat out for the rest of the matchup. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Bruins defeat Huskies in 98-66 blowout despite T.J. Leaf injury

This post was updated March 2 at 12:15 a.m. The highlight plays came in bunches Wednesday as No. 3 UCLA pummeled an overmatched Washington team 98-66 at Pauley Pavilion, but the defining moment of the game was a sour one for the Bruins. Read more...

Photo: TJ Leaf sprained his ankle in the first five minutes of UCLA’s game against Washington. The freshman forward sat out for the rest of the matchup. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

TJ Leaf sprained his ankle in the first five minutes of UCLA’s game against Washington. The freshman forward sat out for the rest of the matchup. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Freshman forward TJ Leaf won’t return in Wednesday’s game against Washington after spraining his ankle early in the first half. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Men’s basketball leads Washington 49-28 at halftime

A left ankle sprain to freshman forward T.J. Leaf overshadowed UCLA’s first-half dominance against Washington on Wednesday night. The Bruins headed into halftime with a 49-28 lead, but the most notable moment of the game came less than five minutes in, when Leaf landed on the foot of Washington’s Noah Dickerson and crumpled to the ground along the UCLA baseline. Read more...

Photo: Freshman forward TJ Leaf won’t return in Wednesday’s game against Washington after spraining his ankle early in the first half. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Freshman forward TJ Leaf won’t return in Wednesday’s game against Washington after spraining his ankle early in the first half. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Freshman forward T.J. Leaf and UCLA outrebounded Arizona 35-28 in their road victory Saturday, representing a major turnaround from the teams' previous matchup in January. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Matchup against Washington to test UCLA’s rebounding improvements

In theory, Wednesday’s matchup with Washington should be a cakewalk for the UCLA men’s basketball team. The Bruins are simply better on both ends of the floor, and the Huskies’ star freshman point guard Markelle Fultz is questionable with a sore knee. Read more...

Photo: Freshman forward T.J. Leaf and UCLA outrebounded Arizona 35-28 in their road victory Saturday, representing a major turnaround from the teams' previous matchup in January. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman forward T.J. Leaf and UCLA outrebounded Arizona 35-28 in their road victory Saturday, representing a major turnaround from the teams' previous matchup in January. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Back in January, senior guard Bryce Alford and the No. 5 UCLA men's basketball team put up triple digits against Arizona State. The Bruins will be facing them on the road Thursday evening. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Men’s basketball set to push tempo against weak transition defense

This post was updated Feb. 23 at 5:40 p.m. If you – like most people – enjoy watching the Bruins’ offense, you may want to save your blinking for the commercial breaks during No. Read more...

Photo: Back in January, senior guard Bryce Alford and the No. 5 UCLA men's basketball team put up triple digits against Arizona State. The Bruins will be facing them on the road Thursday evening. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Back in January, senior guard Bryce Alford and the No. 5 UCLA men's basketball team put up triple digits against Arizona State. The Bruins will be facing them on the road Thursday evening. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA's defense has been on the upswing after its loss to USC back in January. Since then, the Bruins have limited their opponents to just 41 percent shooting. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)

Fixes in defense power UCLA men’s basketball to victory against USC

What a difference three weeks make. Seeking revenge for a January loss to USC that prompted a players-only meeting about the need for more defensive intensity, UCLA put forth a dominant defensive effort in Saturday night’s 102-70 win over its crosstown rival. Read more...

Photo: UCLA's defense has been on the upswing after its loss to USC back in January. Since then, the Bruins have limited their opponents to just 41 percent shooting. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)

UCLA's defense has been on the upswing after its loss to USC back in January. Since then, the Bruins have limited their opponents to just 41 percent shooting. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)


Guard Lonzo Ball led UCLA with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the Bruins’ 78-60 win over the Beavers. The freshman also finished with nine assists, one shy of another double-double game. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Men’s basketball defeats Oregon State 78-60 behind strong second half

This post was updated Feb. 12 at 9:17 p.m. UCLA men’s basketball notched its fourth consecutive win Sunday, running away from Oregon State with a dominant second-half offensive effort en route to a 78-60 home victory. Read more...

Photo: Guard Lonzo Ball led UCLA with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the Bruins’ 78-60 win over the Beavers. The freshman also finished with nine assists, one shy of another double-double game. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Guard Lonzo Ball led UCLA with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the Bruins’ 78-60 win over the Beavers. The freshman also finished with nine assists, one shy of another double-double game. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)


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