Friday, February 24


Bryce Alford led a team meeting after UCLA's loss to USC, in which the players refocused and recommitted themselves to playing defense. Since then, the Bruins have won four straight games while holding opponents to under 80 points. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)

Men’s basketball offense on top, defense showing gradual improvement

The mental game is back and the offense is flowing again for No. 6 UCLA (23-3, 10-3 Pac-12). [Related: Men’s basketball’s recent wins due to rebooting of mental game.] The Bruins ended the first half of conference play with their first losing streak of the season, averaging 80.5 points, 18 assists and 11 turnovers in losses to then-No. Read more...

Photo: Bryce Alford led a team meeting after UCLA's loss to USC, in which the players refocused and recommitted themselves to playing defense. Since then, the Bruins have won four straight games while holding opponents to under 80 points. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)

Bryce Alford led a team meeting after UCLA's loss to USC, in which the players refocused and recommitted themselves to playing defense. Since then, the Bruins have won four straight games while holding opponents to under 80 points. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)



UCLA is currently third in the Pac-12, just behind Oregon and Arizona. The Bruins will need to sweep their last five games and for the Ducks and Wildcats to drop an additional game to tie for the regular season title. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Face-off with USC critical in UCLA’s battle for conference title

It’s shaping up to be more of a Pac-3 or 4 than a Pac-12. The top three teams in the conference each have at least 10 conference wins while eight other teams each have less than eight, highlighting the two distinct levels of play in the league. Read more...

Photo: UCLA is currently third in the Pac-12, just behind Oregon and Arizona. The Bruins will need to sweep their last five games and for the Ducks and Wildcats to drop an additional game to tie for the regular season title. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA is currently third in the Pac-12, just behind Oregon and Arizona. The Bruins will need to sweep their last five games and for the Ducks and Wildcats to drop an additional game to tie for the regular season title. (Jintak Han/Assistant 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)

Senior guard Bryce Alford was 1-of-5 in the first half of Sunday’s game against Oregon State, good for four points. The Bruins’ 32 points is the fewest they have scored by halftime this year. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Men’s basketball leads Oregon State 32-27 at halftime

Though it closed the half strong, UCLA men’s basketball was slow out of the gates Sunday against Oregon State, putting up its lowest-scoring half of the season as it headed into halftime with a 32-27 lead. Read more...

Photo: Senior guard Bryce Alford was 1-of-5 in the first half of Sunday’s game against Oregon State, good for four points. The Bruins’ 32 points is the fewest they have scored by halftime this year. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Senior guard Bryce Alford was 1-of-5 in the first half of Sunday’s game against Oregon State, good for four points. The Bruins’ 32 points is the fewest they have scored by halftime this year. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)