Saturday, February 24

UCLA men’s basketball finished off a tough three-game stretch with matchups against USC, Arizona and Arizona State with a loss to the Sun Devils. The Bruins won each of the other two games. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Men’s basketball leaves desert scorched by loss to Arizona State

This post was updated Feb. 10 at 7:10 p.m. TEMPE, Ariz. — Turns out the Bruins’ torrid shooting in the desert was just a mirage. After sinking nearly 46 percent of its 3-pointers Thursday against Arizona, UCLA men’s basketball went through a drought from long distance Saturday against Arizona State. Read more...

Photo: UCLA men’s basketball finished off a tough three-game stretch with matchups against USC, Arizona and Arizona State with a loss to the Sun Devils. The Bruins won each of the other two games. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA men’s basketball finished off a tough three-game stretch with matchups against USC, Arizona and Arizona State with a loss to the Sun Devils. The Bruins won each of the other two games. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Senior forward GG Goloman’s 16-point performance in a team-leading 36 minutes of play boosted the Bruins over Arizona in one of college basketball’s most hostile environments. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA men’s basketball wins duel in desert in 82-74 victory at Arizona

This post was updated Feb. 8 at 9:54 p.m. TUCSON, Ariz.—UCLA faced its most raucous atmosphere of the season, against a ranked opponent, no less. One sign in the McKale Center student section read “Steve Alford lost his balls,” taking a jab at the Ball family’s departure from UCLA’s program. Read more...

Photo: Senior forward GG Goloman’s 16-point performance in a team-leading 36 minutes of play boosted the Bruins over Arizona in one of college basketball’s most hostile environments. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Senior forward GG Goloman’s 16-point performance in a team-leading 36 minutes of play boosted the Bruins over Arizona in one of college basketball’s most hostile environments. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman guard Jaylen Hands put up 9 of his 11 first-half points in the final two minutes of the first half, bringing the ball up and sinking three straight 3-pointers – including one from NBA range and another at the buzzer. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA leading in tight matchup against Arizona, up 44-34 at halftime

TUCSON, Ariz.—McKale Center was decked out in red, but the men donning blue held their own in the first half. UCLA men’s basketball shot 56.3 percent from the floor and forced seven turnovers by No. Read more...

Photo: Freshman guard Jaylen Hands put up 9 of his 11 first-half points in the final two minutes of the first half, bringing the ball up and sinking three straight 3-pointers – including one from NBA range and another at the buzzer. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman guard Jaylen Hands put up 9 of his 11 first-half points in the final two minutes of the first half, bringing the ball up and sinking three straight 3-pointers – including one from NBA range and another at the buzzer. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

When UCLA visited the McKale Center last season, the Bruins fought to a 77-72 victory, in part thanks to a 12-point performance from then-sophomore guard Aaron Holiday.  (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Men’s basketball looks to continue win streak with away game at Arizona

At least on one side of the ball, the Bruins are playing the way coach Steve Alford wants them to, by riding a three-game winning streak built on strong offensive performances. Read more...

Photo: When UCLA visited the McKale Center last season, the Bruins fought to a 77-72 victory, in part thanks to a 12-point performance from then-sophomore guard Aaron Holiday. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

When UCLA visited the McKale Center last season, the Bruins fought to a 77-72 victory, in part thanks to a 12-point performance from then-sophomore guard Aaron Holiday.  (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Although the UCLA men’s basketball team earned a No.3 seed in the NCAA Tournament last year, a three-game loss this season has UCLA in a desperate position to gain ground. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

Smith Says: Men’s basketball struggles to stay afloat as season winds down

Conference play has not exactly gone according to plan for the Bruins this season. Back in July, I wrote about why UCLA men’s basketball (16-7, 7-4 Pac-12) was in better position to make noise within the Pac-12 than they were a year ago – and I still think I was right – but the Bruins are doing their best to prove me wrong. Read more...

Photo: Although the UCLA men’s basketball team earned a No.3 seed in the NCAA Tournament last year, a three-game loss this season has UCLA in a desperate position to gain ground. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

Although the UCLA men’s basketball team earned a No.3 seed in the NCAA Tournament last year, a three-game loss this season has UCLA in a desperate position to gain ground. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

Senior center Thomas Welsh scored UCLA’s last 5 points in a come-from-behind 82-79 win over USC. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA men’s basketball escapes with 82-79 victory over USC

This post was updated Feb. 3 at 6:20 p.m. The men of Troy were no match for the masked man. Senior center Thomas Welsh, still donning a fitted face mask after breaking his nose, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining and two free throws to ice the game with 11 seconds left. Read more...

Photo: Senior center Thomas Welsh scored UCLA’s last 5 points in a come-from-behind 82-79 win over USC. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Senior center Thomas Welsh scored UCLA’s last 5 points in a come-from-behind 82-79 win over USC. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Junior guard Aaron Holiday led UCLA with 10 points and four assists as the Bruins head into halftime with a 1-point deficit versus USC. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA men’s basketball trails USC by 1 point entering halftime

USC barraged UCLA from long distance – hitting four of their first five 3-pointers – but the Bruins eventually buckled down on defense. The Trojans only made five of their last 16 shots, but entered halftime with a 41-40 lead. Read more...

Photo: Junior guard Aaron Holiday led UCLA with 10 points and four assists as the Bruins head into halftime with a 1-point deficit versus USC. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Junior guard Aaron Holiday led UCLA with 10 points and four assists as the Bruins head into halftime with a 1-point deficit versus USC. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)