UCLA men’s basketball junior guard Jaylen Clark defends USC guard Drew Peterson during the Bruins’ loss to the Trojans on Jan. 26. (Anika Chakrabarti/Photo editor)
Even after back-to-back defeats, coach Mick Cronin isn’t worried about UCLA’s wins and losses.
And he certainly doesn’t care about those that bet on his Bruins, metaphorically and literally.
Coach Mick Cronin has built a reputation for his emphasis on deflections and full-court ferocity in post-game press conferences.
Defense wins championships, but Thursday night forced the fourth-year coach to acknowledge the Bruins’ shortcomings on the other end.
This post was updated Jan. 27 at 12:40 a.m.
UCLA had been in this spot before.
Up big at the half, all the momentum in the world, a reeling rival in the opposing locker room.
Three weeks ago, the Bruins ran into the halftime locker room up by 18 against the Trojans.
For the first time in more than two months, the Bruins are heading into their next game coming off a loss.
On Saturday, UCLA stumbled through its worst offensive performance of the year – setting season lows in scoring and efficiency with 52 points on 31.3% shooting – as its 14-game win streak came to an end against Arizona.
This post was updated Jan. 24 at 10:50 p.m.
No. 8 UCLA men’s basketball (17-3, 8-1 Pac-12) will make the short journey to the Galen Center on Thursday evening to take on USC (14-6, 6-3) after the Bruins took the first matchup between the two teams earlier in January.
This post was updated Jan. 22 at 10:31 p.m.
The same script has repeated itself over and over for the Bruins.
Low-scoring, slugfest first halves are followed by just enough toughness and grit – and some improved offense – to win the game for UCLA.
Even before tipoff, expletive chants against the Bruins rang from the Inferno student section.
The night began with similar hostility on the hardwood, but in the form of physicality, as neither team was able to hit the 10-point mark until nine minutes into the game.
This post was updated Jan. 19 at 5:46 p.m.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. may be in the running for the Naismith and John R. Wooden awards by the season’s end, but he has already picked up a pair of internal honors.
Adem Bona, like many of his teammates, had a slow start to Saturday night’s contest.
In the game’s opening 20 minutes, the UCLA men’s basketball freshman forward did not score a point and grabbed just one rebound against Colorado.
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