Friday, January 20


Junior center Thomas Welsh has been a key piece in UCLA's dominant offense, scoring 10.5 points per game on 54.5 percent shooting. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Thomas Welsh’s mid-range mastery key in UCLA’s offensive success

With its army of dangerous 3-point shooting and devastating commitment to ball movement, UCLA men’s basketball boasts the nation’s top offensive rating – and, by most accounts, its most entertaining offense. Read more...

Photo: Junior center Thomas Welsh has been a key piece in UCLA's dominant offense, scoring 10.5 points per game on 54.5 percent shooting. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Junior center Thomas Welsh has been a key piece in UCLA's dominant offense, scoring 10.5 points per game on 54.5 percent shooting. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Junior center Thomas Welsh shot six for seven on his field goal attempts and grabbed eight rebounds, including the game-clinching board with less than a second left against Utah. (Jennifer Hu/Daily Bruin staff)

Men’s basketball’s defensive game plan secures close win over Utah

The first-ever conference road sweep for coach Steve Alford and the No. 4 Bruins (18-1, 5-1 Pac-12) wasn’t won because of their offense. Defense won the game and stopped Utah (12-5, 3-2 Pac-12) from snatching Saturday afternoon’s contest away from UCLA men’s basketball. Read more...

Photo: Junior center Thomas Welsh shot six for seven on his field goal attempts and grabbed eight rebounds, including the game-clinching board with less than a second left against Utah. (Jennifer Hu/Daily Bruin staff)

Junior center Thomas Welsh shot six for seven on his field goal attempts and grabbed eight rebounds, including the game-clinching board with less than a second left against Utah. (Jennifer Hu/Daily Bruin staff)

Freshman guard Lonzo Ball played all 40 minutes in Saturday afternoon's game and led No. 4 UCLA with 17 points in a 83-82 victory over Utah. (Courtesy of Chris Ayers/The Daily Utah Chronicle)

Men’s basketball escapes with one-point win over Utah

Freshman point guard Lonzo Ball led No. 4 UCLA men’s basketball to an 83-82 win over Utah on Saturday to complete the Bruins’ first sweep of a road trip during coach Steve Alford’s tenure. Read more...

Photo: Freshman guard Lonzo Ball played all 40 minutes in Saturday afternoon's game and led No. 4 UCLA with 17 points in a 83-82 victory over Utah. (Courtesy of Chris Ayers/The Daily Utah Chronicle)

Freshman guard Lonzo Ball played all 40 minutes in Saturday afternoon's game and led No. 4 UCLA with 17 points in a 83-82 victory over Utah. (Courtesy of Chris Ayers/The Daily Utah Chronicle)

(Courtesy of Phil McKenzie/CU Independent)

Bruins race to 104-89 win against Colorado Buffaloes

This post was updated Jan. 13 at 12:23 a.m. No slow second half for Bruins tonight. The No. 4 UCLA men’s basketball (17-1, 4-1 Pac-12) wouldn’t let up against the Colorado Buffaloes (10-7, 0-4), as the Bruins cruised to a 104-89 win against one of the worst teams in the conference after a close first half. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Phil McKenzie/CU Independent)

(Courtesy of Phil McKenzie/CU Independent)

Sophomore guard Aaron Holiday provided some much-needed 3-pointers for the UCLA men’s basketball team, but it only leads by six at halftime against Colorado. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Men’s basketball leads Colorado 51-45 at halftime

Colorado just wouldn’t go away. The Buffs (10-6, 0-3 Pac-12), who dropped their first three conference games, pushed the Bruins around in the first half of Thursday night’s game. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore guard Aaron Holiday provided some much-needed 3-pointers for the UCLA men’s basketball team, but it only leads by six at halftime against Colorado. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Sophomore guard Aaron Holiday provided some much-needed 3-pointers for the UCLA men’s basketball team, but it only leads by six at halftime against Colorado. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA has risen up the rankings and has a 16-1 record behind the play of not only freshmen TJ Leaf and Lonzo Ball, but also veterans like Aaron Holiday and Bryce Alford. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant photo editor)

Chemistry between new stars and veterans key for men’s basketball

Star freshmen, meet seasoned veterans. The No. 4 Bruins (16-1, 3-1 Pac-12) hit the road to take on the Colorado Buffs (10-6, 0-3), a team stacked with upperclassmen, and the Utah Utes (11-4, 2-1) in their first road series of 2017. Read more...

Photo: UCLA has risen up the rankings and has a 16-1 record behind the play of not only freshmen TJ Leaf and Lonzo Ball, but also veterans like Aaron Holiday and Bryce Alford. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant photo editor)

UCLA has risen up the rankings and has a 16-1 record behind the play of not only freshmen TJ Leaf and Lonzo Ball, but also veterans like Aaron Holiday and Bryce Alford. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant photo editor)

UCLA is one of the top offensive teams in the country, but the Bruins have struggled on the boards. Through four conference games, the team has a defensive rebounding percentage of just 65 percent. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Men’s basketball aims to improve rebounding, transition game

After a quick scrimmage period early in Tuesday’s practice, UCLA men’s basketball moved into an intense rebounding drill, with assistant coach Duane Broussard firing up shot after shot as groups of Bruins jostled underneath the glass. Read more...

Photo: UCLA is one of the top offensive teams in the country, but the Bruins have struggled on the boards. Through four conference games, the team has a defensive rebounding percentage of just 65 percent. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA is one of the top offensive teams in the country, but the Bruins have struggled on the boards. Through four conference games, the team has a defensive rebounding percentage of just 65 percent. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)