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Bruins Nation 14 hours ago

Gonzaga Easily Bounces UCLA From Sweet 16 74-62

Alford confirms his Steve-16 legacy with another Sweet 16 loss. He's now 0-2 in the Sweet 16 at UCLA and 0-3 overall. This game was a lot like the UAB game last weekend. It was never in doubt. Unfortunately, UCLA was on the losing end of this one. Gonzaga took the lead when Kevin Pangos hit a three point jumper with 17:14 left in the first half and the Zags never looked back. They went up by as many as 11 in the first half and finished with a 7-point lead as the teams went into the locker room. UCLA started the second half strong with a short 6-0 run to close the Bulldogs lead to just one...
Bruins Nation 17 hours ago

UCLA Bruins baseball travels to Washington State for a three game series

Can the Bruins sweep the Cougars on the road? The UCLA Bruins baseball team travels to the Palouse this weekend to face the Washington State Cougars in a three game series. This is the first PAC 12 road series for this Bruins this season. Washington State Cougars Washington State comes into the series on a five game losing streak and sporting a record of 12-11 (1-5 in PAC 12 play). The Cougars, however, are 7-1 at home. As a team, WSU is hitting .216. They only have two players hitting over .300, sophomore outfielder and designated hitter, Wes Leow (.333 in 33 ABs), and senior first...
Bruins Nation 22 hours ago

2015 UCLA Football Spring Preview

UCLA Football returns to the field next week and Bruins Nation is taking a look at each position going into spring camp. Are you ready for some football?! The U.C.L.A. Bruins will return to Spaulding Field next Tuesday to begin Spring Camp and it will be the first time that Jim Mora and staff will take the field without Brett Hundley at quarterback. So while the Bruins break in a new leader in the backfield, they will rely more than ever on the big guys on both sides of the trenches to control the game. We'll begin our spring previews by looking at those guys on the offensive and defensive...
Bruins Nation Mar 26, 2015

NCAA Tournament 2015: Sweet 16 Bracket, TV Schedule and Live Streaming For Thursday's Action

The Sweet 16 starts today with Wichita State facing Notre Dame and concludes with Arizona playing Xavier at the Staples Center. March Madness resumes today. Four games are on tap, starting with Notre Dame versus Wichita State at 4:15pm PT on CBS. The action starts on TBS at 4:47pm PT with Wisconsin against North Carolina. In the second game from Cleveland, West Virginia would appear to be the next victim for the Kentucky Wildcats on CBS while the "other" Wildcats from Arizona will take on the Xavier Musketeers. Here's today's full schedule: Sweet 16 GamesThursday, March 25 Tip...
Bruins Nation Mar 26, 2015

Headlines in the Twitterverse: Will the UCLA-Gonzaga Rematch Produce Another Crying Game?

As the Bruins prepare to face Gonzaga in a Sweet Sixteen rematch, let's check in with the Bruin Twitterverse. Spring is in the air, and with spring comes spring football. With UCLA spring football practice starting in less than a week--on Tuesday at 7AM, to be precise--our football program got some great news. Soooo, I'm a bruin.. pic.twitter.com/ke5dKOxvJS — Lokeni Toailoa (@LokeniTheGreat) March 24, 2015 BOOM!
Bruins Nation Mar 26, 2015

UCLA Football Spring Preview: Offensive Line and Defensive Line

U.C.L.A. Football returns to the field next week and Bruins Nation is taking a look at each position going into spring camp. Today we'll look at the big guys in the trenches, the offensive and defensive lines. Are you ready for some football?! The U.C.L.A. Bruins will return to Spaulding Field next Tuesday to begin Spring Camp and it will be the first time that Jim Mora and staff will take the field without Brett Hundley at quarterback. So while the Bruins break in a new leader in the backfield, they will rely more than ever on the big guys on both sides of the trenches to control the game....
Bruins Nation Mar 25, 2015

UCLA vs. Gonzaga Rematch

Gonzaga's offense dominated back in December as they beat UCLA, 87-74. The Bruins have gotten a lot better since that game, but are they good enough now to take down the Zags? BN takes a look at the match-up. There was a lot of discussion here and elsewhere about UCLA's chances to get into the tournament and after our Bruins kept losing the games they had to win (Arizona State, Arizona, Arizona again), it seemed like we weren't going to get in.  But I think the tournament committee rightly decided that we should make it, probably based on how we played Arizona almost even in games right...
Bruins Nation Mar 25, 2015

UCLA Bruin Basketball Bites - March Madness Continues

The NCAA tournament is over for some, but continues for others. We will find out how long it continues starting at 4:15 pm PT on Friday. Don't forget that the WNIT continues on Thursday with UCLA hosting Northern Colorado at OPUG. The UCLA Bruins have had a pretty good week. Convincing victories over SMU and UAB send UCLA to the Steve Sixteen. The Bruin baseball team swept the Youths, and did so in convincing fashion. On Monday, we heard BOOM after BOOM as Coach Mora continues to attract top talent. Tomorrow, our Women's team plays Northern Colorado in the WNIT Sweet Sixteen after...
Bruins Nation Mar 24, 2015

Bruin Bites: Sweet Sixteen Edition

While our men's basketball team was deservedly grabbing headlines as it advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, our women's basketball team earned a place in the Sweet Sixteen of the WNIT with a pair of victories. In other action, our softball team won an important series in Washington, the women's tennis team earned a split against the Bay Area teams, and our sand volleyball team won gold. Women's Basketball In my recap of the men's basketball game against SMU in the second round of the NCAA tournament, I noted that the game was a microcosm of the Bruins' season--it encapsulated the good, bad...
Bruins Nation Mar 24, 2015

What Strategy Can UCLA Basketball Employ to Beat Gonzaga?

Playing Gonzaga straight-up probably won't get it done. What can UCLA do to tilt the odds in its favor? 1. The Indirect Strategic Approach A famous military historian, Liddell Hart, wrote a book called Strategy. (Ok, he was not very imaginative.) He reviewed about 2,500 years of military history and concluded that if you do what the enemy expects you to, if you do the strategy that is expected your chances of winning are greatly diminished. The better approach is not to do the obvious thing that the enemy expects you to, but to do what they don't expect you to do. Well, you're probably...
Bruins Nation Mar 24, 2015

UCLA Basketball: Bruins Nation's NCAA Tournament Roundtable Discussion

With the first weekend of the 2015 NCAA Tournament in the books, the writers and editors of Bruins Nation take a look at last weekend's action and what lays ahead for the Bruin basketball team. 1. The goaltending call. Was it the right call? Yes or No? Fox71: Yes. The consensus of pundits who’ve I’ve read say it was. Moreira says it was ("I should have let the ball hit the rim"). Bruinette88: It was a correct call. The official judged that the ball had a possibility of entering the basket. Whether or not the official was right in that judgment is a different question. uclaluv: Okay,...
Bruins Nation Mar 23, 2015

BOOM! UCLA Gets Commit From 4* LB Lokeni Toailoa

The U.C.L.A. Bruins picked up their second major recruit tonight with a commitment from Lokeni Toailoa, a 4* Inside LB from Carter HS in Rialto CA. BOOM! and BOOM! No, it's not the 4th of July, and no, it's not Christmas either. It's just Spring Break, but it's booming like fireworks and raining presents like it's the holiday season and the Bruins have been very very good. The U.C.L.A. Bruins picked up their second major recruit today at the Ground Zero 7 on 7 Football Camp with a huge commitment from Lokeni Toailoa, a 4* Inside LB from Carter HS in Rialto CA. Four-star Rialto (Calif.)...
Bruins Nation Mar 23, 2015

The Seat Temperature At the End of the UCLA Bench

UCLA surprised many by making it to the Sweet Sixteen. Does that mean there is no "Hot Seat" at the end of the bench? Let me appease the geezers first, and what better way to do that than by saying "In the olden days."  So in the olden days, the NCAA tournament started with the Sweet Sixteen.  UCLA always expected to be in the tournament, so that meant a spot in the Sweet Sixteen was an assumption that everyone made at the beginning of the year, along with not being able to find a good parking place. That has all changed, and whether the change is for the good is another topic.  With...
Bruins Nation Mar 23, 2015

Bruin Bites: UCLA Football Heading to Spring Practice, Big Recruits & the NFL

Let's look at some news about the Bruin football team and players as they prepare for spring practice and the NFL. While the focus for many Bruins is on basketball this week, we want to take a moment to catch up with our football team. First, spring practice will begin on March 31st and culminate with the Spring Game at the Rose Bowl at 10 AM  (bring your eggs and bacon I guess?).  Some of us will be meeting up for breakfast before the Saturday practices and hope you can join us. Beginning April 7th,  Brett Hundley will be featured on Jon Gruden's Quarterback Camp.  Check out the...
Bruins Nation Mar 22, 2015

UCLA vs. Gonzaga Tips Off 4:15pm PT On Friday

This is your complete viewing guide to the Sweet 16 games on Thursday and Friday. For your viewing convenience, here is the complete game time TV schedule for Sweet 16 games on Thursday and Friday. As you can see below, UCLA will play Gonzaga on Friday 4:15pm PT. The game will air on CBS. Sweet 16 GamesThursday, March 25 Tip (ET) Network Site Game 7:15 pm CBS Cleveland Notre Dame (3) vs. Wichita State (7) 7:47 pm TBS Los Angeles Wisconsin (1) vs. North Carolina (4) 9:45 pm CBS Cleveland Kentucky (1) vs. WVU (5) 10:17 pm TBS Los Angeles Arizona (2) vs. Xavier (6) Sweet...
Bruins Nation Mar 22, 2015

UCLA Shuts Out Utah 3-0, Looks for Sweep Today

The UCLA Bruins' pitchers yield only three hits to the Utah Utes, and the offense does enough for the series win. In stark contrast to the offensive fireworks on Friday night, in which UCLA exploded for 14 runs on 19 hits, Saturday afternoon’s game was a pitchers’ duel, in which UCLA prevailed 3-0, ensuring a series win. Unlike some of the UCLA teams of the past, including the 2013 National Champions, which relied on stellar pitching and defense and less on offensive (although they had a penchant for timely hitting), the 2015 iteration of UCLA baseball can win with offensive or win...
Bruins Nation Mar 22, 2015

UCLA Basketball vs. Iowa or Gonzaga? March Madness Day 4 Game Thread

We'll find out today whether it will be Iowa fans getting to have a visit with Steve Alford, or an NCAA rematch of one of our all time favorite March Madness moments, for UCLA in the Sweet 16. The Bruins are heading to the Sweet 16 on Friday. Today we get to find out which interesting opponent we will face (you know it's all a coincidence, right?). Will it be Steve Alford's former team? Or, will it be the team that helped make Aaron Afflalo one of the most beloved Bruins of all time? Here's a little light reading (and viewing) for this Sunday morning: Zach "The Intern" Helfand of the...
Bruins Nation Mar 22, 2015

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse: UCLA Basketball Headed to the Sweet 16.

The Bruins played their way into the Sweet 16 yesterday. Let's see what the Bruin Twitterverse has to say. Before we get to the tweets by fellow and sister Bruins, I think it is important to acknowledge a very big game by UCLA's big man: Tony Parker is the first UCLA player with at least 28 Pts & 12 Reb in NCAA Tournament game since Kevin Love in 2008. pic.twitter.com/Ajme3SbhLT — ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) March 21, 2015 Congratulations to Tony for coming out on fire and dominating yesterday.  Throw it down Big Man. Throw it down! Feed the big man! @UCLAMBB...
Bruins Nation Mar 21, 2015

Alford Discusses UCLA's Resilience and Growth

Following UCLA's victory over UAB in the NCAA tournament, Steve Alford talked to the media about the Bruins' resilience, their balanced scoring attack, and a second straight appearance in the Sweet Sixteen. Steve Alford, Tony Parker, and Bryce Alford met with the media following the Bruins' 92-75 victory over UAB--a victory that earns UCLA a second straight Sweet Sixteen berth. From Steve Alford's opening remarks to his answer to the final question of the press conference, the narrative that emerges doesn't quite match what I've seen from the Bruins this season. Steve Alford started the...
Bruins Nation Mar 21, 2015

UCLA Bats Around Twice, Overwhelms Utah, 14-2

UCLA bookends the game with 6 run outbursts in both the 1st and 8th innings. In what was supposed to be a game in which the Bruins showed well, they did not disappoint. After giving up an unearned run in the top of the 1st inning, the UCLA bats exploded in the bottom of the 1st. The Bruins batted around, scoring six runs, two of which came on a Brett Stephens home run out of the two spot in UCLA’s batting order. Stephens finished the day 3-6, with 3 RBI, as he plays himself back into form after an early season finger injury sidelined him for a few weeks. Three of the other 1st inning...