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Bruins Nation 24 mins ago

UCLA Football Recruiting: 5 Star Linebacker Keisean Lucier-South Commits to Bruins

Right before the SC game UCLA gets a massive jolt on the recruiting front by getting commitment from one of the most coveted players of Class of 2015. Right before UCLA's biggest game of the season (to date) the Bruins got a massive jolt on the recruiting front by getting commitment from one of the most coveted players of Class of 2015. Keisean Lucier-South - 5 star OLB from Orange Lutheran HS - committed to the Bruins right before the game: pic.twitter.com/PqGyD92ucp — Keisean South1⃣6⃣ (@KLSouth16) November 23, 2014 KLS has been compared to Anthony Barr by recruiting gurus...
Bruins Nation 4 hours ago

UCLA Basketball: Long Beach State Preview -- Welcome Back Our Old Friend Tyler Lamb

Tyler Lamb and Mike Caffey headline a deep, guard-oriented 49er team that's already played BYU, Xavier and Kansas St. The competition ramps up a big notch from the Montana St./Nicholls cupcakes just before the B4A starting Wednesday. Our old friend Tyler Lamb and his Long Beach State (LBST) 49ers (2-2) visit Pauley Pavilion tomorrow at 7PM PT  (TV PAC-12 Networks -- again) to take on the Bruins (3-0). The 49ers beat Kansas State lost at home Friday, 69-60. Kansas State was a tournament team last year, and ranked #28 by USA Today in the pre-season. LBST led the whole way against what...
Bruins Nation 9 hours ago

Bruin Bites: UCLA v Southern Cal - Beat $c Edition

UCLA plays Southern Cal this evening. What else do you need? Let's bump around the UCLA-iverse to see what people are saying about the Bruins latest opportunity to put a bigger stamp on their dominance of Los Angeles. With all due respect to our outstanding Olympic sports (and to islandbruin2 and bruinette88 who - unlike our AD - have done an outstanding job talking about the teams and giving them their much deserved appreciation) today's Bruin Bites is all football. It's that kind of day. With U.C.L.A. stalking a Pac-12 South division championship, and possibly more, the media coverage...
Bruins Nation Nov 21, 2014

Spaulding Roundup: National Media Picks UCLA; Bruins Among Sportsman of the Year Nominees

The national media is picking UCLA to beat Southern Cal tomorrow night and continue their late charge toward the Pac-12 title and a playoff spot. Allright Bruins. We are now just a day away from taking on the trogans at the Rose Bowl. Achilles has his pregame guesses ready to go, and our preview series on Southern Cal is here for folks looking to catch up on the folks from across town. Coach Mora is fired up for tomorrow night, and the national media thinks he has good reason. Let's start with the Wall Street Journal: ... But Saturday’s game at the Rose Bowl may not ultimately be...
Bruins Nation Nov 21, 2014

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - Beat Southern Cal Bonfire Cancelled

The fire may not have been lit last night, but the Bruin spirit is still strong. Rivalry Week is (was) a fun time on campus.  There is usually a buzz as everyone gets ready for the game and takes part in the activities during the week, and calling out ANYONE wearing red. Also shout out to Bear Patrol, who should consider upping their patrols by a week, after the scumbags across town got to the Bear early. You guys are the real MVP! RT @aseerali4: Guardians of the Bruin Bear pic.twitter.com/PPWFdKoon1" — Jerry Neuheisel (@jerryneuheisel) November 20, 2014 One of those traditions is...
Bruins Nation Nov 21, 2014

UCLA Basketball: Nicholls Game Thoughts -- An Unimpressive Blowout

The Bruins went on a dominating run mid-first half, but coasted afterwards. The second half score, UCLA 47, Nicholls 45, left a bad taste in the mouths of Bruin fans. Which team is worse: Montana State or Nicholls? ArmyBruin75 said "Nicholls State was an insult to cupcakes." In the end, this was an unimpressive 33 point win against a bad team that managed to play even up with the Bruins in a second half that looked like an AAU game. I commented in the post-game that coach SAlford seemed to let the game play out. I was dismayed at the even more than usual use of a...
Bruins Nation Nov 21, 2014

UCLA Basketball: Bruins Get Easy Win, 107-74, Despite Horrible Second Half, Bryce Has Career Night

The Bruins jumped out to a big mid-first half lead, but coast the rest of the way almost getting outplayed by Nicholls State in the second half. They still get the easy win against a cupcake. Nicholls State kept it close for four minutes, 12-8 UCLA, but the Bruins came out of the 16 minute TV timeout in a zone, and never looked back. Norman came out attaching the rim, but drew two fouls including an offensive and was replaced by Noah Allen. By mid-half, Coach Alford had Allen, Bail and Welsh in together with Isaac Hamilton at point guard, and the Bruin train stalled. Bryce Alford, Kevon...
Bruins Nation Nov 20, 2014

UCLA Basketball: Game Thread for Nicholls State

Nicholls State visits Pauley tonight in what should be an easy game for the Bruins. Look for a lot of minutes for the subs. Here's your game thread. Nicholls State (NST), 0-1, visits Pauley Pavilion tonight with tip-off set for 8:05 PM PT. You can catch the game on PAC-12 Networks.  Jim Watson and Mike Montgomery (this is a new one - ex-Stanford/Cal coach, but I won't miss Don MacLean - it's like he never went to UCLA) will be calling it. You can also listen on Tunein Radio or 570 AM. Follow along with the cool new live stats. The 25 point rule is back in effect tonight - this is an...
Bruins Nation Nov 20, 2014

Spaulding Report: Consistency Is Key For UCLA

Coach Mora met with the media for the final time before Saturday's rivalry game with Southern Cal, and he stressed the importance of the Bruins sticking to what they have learned and practiced all season rather than getting hyped up at the last moment. UCLA Football Head Coach Jim Mora met with the media for the final time before Saturday's rivalry game with Southern Cal. Not surprisingly, there wasn't a lot of in depth information. Instead there was a theme of sticking to their routine and what has gotten them this far. Mora started off by saying that the team's preparation remained...
Bruins Nation Nov 20, 2014

UCLA Football Oppo Preview: Southern Cal's Defense

Southern Cal has quietly turned in a strong season defensively after getting ran over by Boston College. How do they match up against our offense? The Southern Cal defense has been strong all season, but they've really started to hit their stride the last four weeks.  They don't have a lot of stats that jump off the board and scream greatness, but they are solid in virtually every defensive category and outstanding in one key category: 3rd down conversions.  Southern Cal holds opponents to a 32% conversion rate, which is good for 12th in the country. Southern Cal earns that conversion...
Bruins Nation Nov 20, 2014

BN Pac-12 Football Power Poll: Week 13

The Bruins Nation power poll for the crazy Pac-12 football conference in week 13 of the 2014 season I don't know why but I have had the Terminator theme going through my head all week.  Ta-tum-tum-tutum.  I'd like to think that UCLA has developed that killer instinct, shed its early season jitters and is just marching towards the playoffs.  Hopefully, that's not just the stuff of fantasy.  With two games left in the season, there are still a myriad of possibilities for the winner of the South Division, but only UCLA controls its destiny thanks to some fortunate Beaver action.  If I...
Bruins Nation Nov 20, 2014

UCLA Preview: A Cupcake with Frosting, UCLA v. Nicholls State

How bad is Nicholls State? Well in the old half time shooting contest where you had to make a layup, free throw, top of the key and half court shot in 30 seconds, they would probably not get past the free throw. Let's start this review off with a glass if half full or half empty quote from the Nicholls State Colonels. The 2014-15 Nicholls schedule sets up to be another daunting task for the team as the group will square off with the likes of North Texas, UCLA, Wake Forest, Michigan and Louisiana Tech in the non-conference Glass is half full, UCLA is daunting once again.  Half empty...
Bruins Nation Nov 19, 2014

#DefendourLogo: UCLA Athletics Banking on "Respect & Sportsmanship" from the Trojans

Since we last blogged about this our post has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook and lots of tweets have been fired off at the AD and UCLA football accounts. We have heard that Josh Rebholz - the UCLA Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Relations - has indicated to some boosters that the AD is "confident" that the Trojans will "respect the sportsmanship of this great rivalry as well as our logo."We have no idea what that means. Those Trojans sure showed a lot of "respect" for this "rivalry" when the vandalized the Bruin the week before this game. If the Trojans end up...
Bruins Nation Nov 19, 2014

Spaulding Roundup: UCLA Football Coordinators Praise Southern Cal Players & Gary Beban Remembers

News and notes from the UCLA football program as the Bruins gear up to take on Southern Cal. With three more days until Brett Hundley leads our Bruin football team to his third possible victory over Southern Cal, UCLA's  offensive and defensive coordinators were singing the praises of some of the Trogan players.  We have been hearing focus, confidence, and thoughtful reflection from our players all week.  They really seem to be approaching this with the right mentality.  The Coordinators did not stray from that path even as many of the questions seemed to be about this week's...
Bruins Nation Nov 19, 2014

UCLA Basketball By the Numbers: Series Win/Loss % Shows Guerrero's Error

The Wall Street Journal published a study on Friday which showed that UCLA has the fourth highest winning % all-time measured by series win/loss totals. Since Guerrero took over as AD, UCLA's % would place the Bruins 10th all time. This is a slip, but it could have been worse. How could it have been worse? Guerrero could have hired a coach whose series won/loss % was the equivalent of the 30th best program. He did. OUCH. The Wall Street Journal published a study measuring college basketball programs over the years to see which school has the best claim to bragging rights. Here is the...
Bruins Nation Nov 19, 2014

UCLA Football Opponent Preview: Southern Cal Offense

A look at the dangerous and talented offense of the Southern Cal Trojans, who will head to the Rose Bowl looking to avoid their 3rd straight loss to the UCLA Bruins under Jim Mora. It is Beat Southern Cal week for the UCLA Bruins football team and the general status of the Trojans offense hasn't changed from years past. They are as talented as any team in the country across the board. The UCLA Bruins defense will need to play at a very high level to stop Southern Cal from scoring points and racking up a lot of yards on the ground and through the air on Saturday. The Trojans score a lot of...
Bruins Nation Nov 19, 2014

UCLA Basketball: Alford's Weekly Press, Looney & More

Steve Alford held his weekly press conference and Kevon Looney explains why he's such a good rebounder. Here are the bullet points from the Steve Alford/Kevon Looney presser Tuesday afternoon. Alford: Disagrees with stat that says there were no fast break baskets against Coastal Carolina (note: there is a fine line - with some fast break stats (like in the live stats), the play almost certainly has to be a steal, or a long pass). One reason Alford likes running is because it plants a seed in the opposition's mind that you have to defend the transition, and therefore let up on the...
Bruins Nation Nov 19, 2014

Spaulding Roundup: UCLA Coach Mora and Wayne Cook on Southern Cal, Perkins Runs Toward Title

News and notes from the UCLA football program as the Bruins gear up to take on Southern Cal. Allright folks, we are getting into the thick of Beat $C Week. With just 4 days to go until ..., Coach Mora talked to the media about the rivalry with Southern Cal, including how performance against the folks across town impacts perception of the team among recruits. Rivalry emotion came from Wayne Cook. The former Bruin QB and current broadcaster had some thoughts onSouthern Cal's claims of owning LA. Cook, now a sideline reporter for UCLA radio broadcasts, said, "I've listen to them talk, how...
Bruins Nation Nov 18, 2014

UCLA Football: College Playoff Rankings- Bruins #9; New Year's Here We Come

The latest college football rankings are out. And, no surprise, the playoffs have an SEC flavor. But the Bruins keep inching up, and now stand to be solidly in the mix for a New Year's game with the #9 ranking.. But first we need to take care of business against $C. As this week's rankings show, lose and you tumble (see ASU). We control our own destiny. But we still need to win every week. The College Football Playoff Committee released its current rankings today. And thanks to ASU's loss at Oregon State, and Georgia's demolition of Auburn, there was significant movement from the prior...
Bruins Nation Nov 18, 2014

UCLA Football Oppo Preview: Southern Cal Coaches & Special Teams

Steve Sarkisian is Southern Cal's Fourth head coach in two years. He has brought with him some good assistants, some stability, and recruiting prowess. So far it has worked out well, though not spectacularly. A quick preview of this year's Trogan coaching staff follows. In his first year as the new Southern Cal head cheater coach, Steve Sarkisian has performed rather well.  He lined up a very good recruiting class despite still being held back by the well-deserved-still-too-soft sanctions following the Reggie Bu$h scandal.  It was never the recruiting that people questioned but rather...