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Under former coach Steve Alford, UCLA men's basketball missed the NCAA tournament one time. The Bruins did not go to the NIT that season, and they haven't accepted a bid to the tournament since 1986. (MacKenzie Coffman/Assistant Photo editor)

Smith Says: Men’s basketball should not play in NIT to prepare for next season

The Bruins probably aren’t making it to the NCAA tournament. However, a strong finish to conference play and a couple wins in the Pac-12 tournament could help UCLA men’s basketball secure an invite to the National Invitational Tournament – a competition comprised of the 32 schools who came closest to making the cut. Read more...

Photo: Under former coach Steve Alford, UCLA men's basketball missed the NCAA tournament one time. The Bruins did not go to the NIT that season, and they haven't accepted a bid to the tournament since 1986. (MacKenzie Coffman/Assistant Photo editor)

Under former coach Steve Alford, UCLA men's basketball missed the NCAA tournament one time. The Bruins did not go to the NIT that season, and they haven't accepted a bid to the tournament since 1986. (MacKenzie Coffman/Assistant Photo editor)

Sophomore guard Jaylen Hands tied for the team lead with 15 points in UCLA men's basketball's first matchup with USC. Hands went 0-of-3 from deep with six turnovers, but led the team with three steals. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Men’s basketball has chance to jump into Pac-12 top four with USC matchup

The race is getting tighter in the Pac-12. UCLA men’s basketball (15-13, 8-7 Pac-12) has won three of its last four games to vault back up into the thick of things within the conference standings, but its biggest game of the season to this point – a date with the crosstown rival USC (15-13, 8-7) – awaits Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore guard Jaylen Hands tied for the team lead with 15 points in UCLA men's basketball's first matchup with USC. Hands went 0-of-3 from deep with six turnovers, but led the team with three steals. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Sophomore guard Jaylen Hands tied for the team lead with 15 points in UCLA men's basketball's first matchup with USC. Hands went 0-of-3 from deep with six turnovers, but led the team with three steals. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Sophomore guard Kris Wilkes (center) scored 13 points against USC on Jan. 19. The Bruins lost that game, but Wilkes averaged 17.5 points per game in their two wins over the Trojans twice last year. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Q&A: Daily Trojan Sports editor discusses UCLA rivalry, game

To get some inside information on the USC men’s basketball team, Daily Bruin Sports reached out to the Daily Trojan – USC’s student news publication – and asked its Sports editor Aidan Berg a few questions about the Trojans before their upcoming rivalry game against the Bruins on Thursday. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore guard Kris Wilkes (center) scored 13 points against USC on Jan. 19. The Bruins lost that game, but Wilkes averaged 17.5 points per game in their two wins over the Trojans twice last year. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Sophomore guard Kris Wilkes (center) scored 13 points against USC on Jan. 19. The Bruins lost that game, but Wilkes averaged 17.5 points per game in their two wins over the Trojans twice last year. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Freshman center Moses Brown was UCLA men's basketball's lone five-star recruit last season, a mark that USC matched. The Trojans now boast the nation's No. 3 2019 class, while the Bruins' is ranked No. 59. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

With a top-five class coming in, USC might be becoming LA’s basketball school

UCLA is a “basketball school,” USC is not. Or at least, that’s been the narrative for the past 50 or so years. “Everyone’s aware that (the Trojans) have a great class coming in,” said Daily Trojan Sports writer Julia Poe. Read more...

Photo: Freshman center Moses Brown was UCLA men's basketball's lone five-star recruit last season, a mark that USC matched. The Trojans now boast the nation's No. 3 2019 class, while the Bruins' is ranked No. 59. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Freshman center Moses Brown was UCLA men's basketball's lone five-star recruit last season, a mark that USC matched. The Trojans now boast the nation's No. 3 2019 class, while the Bruins' is ranked No. 59. (Daniel Leibowitz/Daily Bruin staff)

Redshirt junior Alex Olesinski missed UCLA men's basketball's first 13 games of the season after suffering a foot injury in the offseason. Olesinski logged a season-high 19 minutes against Oregon on Saturday. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Even with bevy of youth, men’s basketball sees leadership emerge after comeback win

Leadership was always going to be a question mark for the Bruins this season. Aside from two redshirt juniors, UCLA men’s basketball’s rotation consists entirely of freshmen and sophomores. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt junior Alex Olesinski missed UCLA men's basketball's first 13 games of the season after suffering a foot injury in the offseason. Olesinski logged a season-high 19 minutes against Oregon on Saturday. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Redshirt junior Alex Olesinski missed UCLA men's basketball's first 13 games of the season after suffering a foot injury in the offseason. Olesinski logged a season-high 19 minutes against Oregon on Saturday. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Sophomore guard Jaylen Hands (left) nailed seven 3-pointers to aid UCLA men’s basketball’s comeback effort over Oregon, with all 27 of his points coming in the second half. Fellow sophomore guard Kris Wilkes (right) made three 3s of his own in the second. (Michael Zshornack/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Ducks hunted in second-half comeback as UCLA men’s basketball takes close victory

This post was updated Feb. 23 at 10:37 p.m. With 13:25 left in the game, Pauley Pavilion got loud. There wasn’t really a reason why – the Bruins were down by nine and hadn’t been able to stop the Ducks all night. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore guard Jaylen Hands (left) nailed seven 3-pointers to aid UCLA men’s basketball’s comeback effort over Oregon, with all 27 of his points coming in the second half. Fellow sophomore guard Kris Wilkes (right) made three 3s of his own in the second. (Michael Zshornack/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Sophomore guard Jaylen Hands (left) nailed seven 3-pointers to aid UCLA men’s basketball’s comeback effort over Oregon, with all 27 of his points coming in the second half. Fellow sophomore guard Kris Wilkes (right) made three 3s of his own in the second. (Michael Zshornack/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Sophomore guard Kris Wilkes scored seven first-half points for UCLA men's basketball. All seven of his points came in the first 6:01 of the game. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Men’s basketball outscored by Oregon Ducks 44-28 in first half of rematch

The 3s were falling in the first half. UCLA men’s basketball (14-13, 7-7 Pac-12) trails Oregon (15-11, 6-7) 44-28 at halftime. The Bruins bested the Ducks in the teams’ first meeting on Jan. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore guard Kris Wilkes scored seven first-half points for UCLA men's basketball. All seven of his points came in the first 6:01 of the game. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Sophomore guard Kris Wilkes scored seven first-half points for UCLA men's basketball. All seven of his points came in the first 6:01 of the game. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)


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