John Savage and I sat down to eat lunch somewhere in Brentwood before the season began. I had covered UCLA baseball for the two previous seasons but I was going to be otherwise occupied during spring quarter. I knew I wouldn’t get to see many of his team’s games this season so I wanted to catch up and wish him well.
The UCLA basketball team is preparing for its toughest test of the season this week, the NCAA Tournament. Because UCLA is on the quarter system, the Big Dance also not so conveniently coincides with finals week on campus.
LAS VEGAS — The 283 mile drive from UCLA’s campus to the MGM Grand doesn’t generally require a full tank of fuel, but after playing three games in as many nights at the Pac-12 tournament, UCLA was running on empty.
LAS VEGAS — UCLA had just beaten Arizona for the third time this season, a 66-64 triumph in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. The win was arguably one of the Bruins’ most impressive performances of the season, but no one could have guessed that by peeking inside their locker room.
LAS VEGAS — Of all the things Shabazz Muhammad will see when he returns to his hometown for the Pac-12 Tournament this week – family, friends, his mother’s cooking – he has one thing on his mind.
LAS VEGAS — Arizona State kicked off Pac-12 Tournament play on Wednesday by beating Stanford in overtime, 89-88, to advance to the quarterfinals, where the Sun Devils will face the top-seeded UCLA Bruins on Thursday at noon.
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