Friday, January 24

Tay’s Takedown: Freshman is bright spot in men’s basketball’s future after dull nonconference play

This post was updated Jan. 8 at 10:19 p.m. Bruin fans have been told time and time again one thing when it comes to the men’s basketball team – this team is young and needs time to grow. Read more...

Photo: Freshman guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. (left) did not start in the first seven contests for UCLA men’s basketball but has seen his role steadily increase since the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in November. (Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)


Battle of the Editors: Bold predictions for 2020 from a Chip Kelly departure to a men’s basketball title

This post was updated Jan. 7 at 4:25 p.m. 2020 vision: As a new calendar year begins, the Daily Bruin Sports editors give their hottest takes about what could go down in the world of UCLA Athletics in 2020 – from coaching changes to championship teams. Read more...

Photo: (Amy Dixon/Daily Bruin senior staff)


Men’s basketball falls to No. 3 Michigan State 75-62, despite narrow first half

Through the first half, the Bruins held their own against their first top-five competition this season. But in the second half, the margin between UCLA men’s basketball (5-3) and No. Read more...

Photo: Junior guard Chris Smith did not start but was the leading scorer for UCLA men’s basketball in its loss to No. 3 Michigan State at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Smith scored 13 points on the day, converting 7-of-8 free throws. (Joe Akira/Daily Bruin staff)


Defensive lineman Atonio Mafi reminisces on childhood memories of Bruin-Trojan rivalry

Atonio Mafi said he always knew he would grow up to be a Bruin. The sophomore defensive lineman for UCLA football (4-6, 4-3 Pac-12) grew up in the Bay Area, but said the Stanford-California rivalry wasn’t the historic matchup he was most concerned with. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore defensive lineman Atonio Mafi has started in all of the UCLA football’s 10 games in 2019, racking up 27 total tackles, four of them being for a loss. Mafi will participate in his second crosstown rivalry game Saturday, after earning the start at the Rose Bowl in 2018. (Mia Kayser/Daily Bruin staff)


Men’s soccer midfielder juggles multicultural influences on and off the field

When Germany found the back of the net seven times to beat Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Marcony Pimentel sat there crying. The junior midfielder for UCLA men’s soccer (6-9-3, 2-6-2 Pac-12) said he hadn’t cried for the Brazilian national team since he was a child. Read more...

Photo: Before arriving in Westwood for his first season with UCLA men’s soccer, junior midfielder Marcony Pimentel played soccer in two of the world’s largest soccer nations. Playing mostly on the streets in Brazil and then a formal academy setting in Germany, Pimentel learned about different aspects of the game from each nation, advancing his identity as a soccer player. (Kanishka Mehra/Assistant Photo editor, Nghi Nguyen/Daily Bruin).


Men’s soccer posts worst conference record in program history in 2019 season

After the 2017 season, the Bruins finished with a winning percentage of .417 – their worst since 1948. Two years later, the 2019 season has come to an end, and the Bruins have managed to post a .417 percentage again. Read more...

Photo: First-year coach Ryan Jorden and UCLA men’s soccer posted just six wins in their 2019 season, the lowest number of wins for the program since 1955. The Bruins faced off against multiple top-10 opponents over the year, including Washington and Stanford – seeded No. 6 and No. 7 in the NCAA tournament, respectively. (Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)


Tay’s Takedown: Lack of support for Division I men’s soccer teams reflects poorly

The Bruins have just one game left in their Pac-12 schedule. But the game will come against an opponent who isn’t even a true member of the conference, illustrating the underlying problems of Pac-12 men’s soccer. Read more...

Photo: UCLA men’s soccer will face off against San Diego State for its last Pac-12 match of the 2019 season. SDSU is a full member of the Mountain West Conference, with the Aztecs’ men’s soccer team the only team from SDSU to compete in the Pac-12. (Alice Naland/Daily Bruin staff)



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