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Bruins Nation 2 hours ago

Bruin Bites: Conference Championship Results

UCLA competed in two conference championships in two different conferences in two different sports. Although the team results were not satisfying (except perhaps to Doughnut, with his expectation managing style), there were several solid individual accomplishments. Today we are going to focus on two under publicized sports. And I am not talking Men's Basketball, so please read on. --- The Women's Swimming team finished in 5th place in this week's Pac 12 championship meet. The Bruins came into the competition ranked 16th in the country. The teams ahead of them in the rankings (national...
Bruins Nation 7 hours ago

News Roundup of a 72-67 UCLA Win Over WSU

Powell and Parker make up for a lackluster effort by the rest of the team to beat WSU Tony Parker puns/jokes are everywhere in the headlines as he apparently overslept and was late to a team meeting.  Thus the LA Times and the Orange County Register had almost identical headlines "UCLA Wakes Up in Time to Defeat (Beat) Washington State."   From the Times: Alford pulled Tony Parker from the starting lineup for his tardiness. Thomas Welsh started in his place, and Parker entered more than five minutes into the game. In the 26 minutes he did play, Parker was a force. He collected 15 points...
Bruins Nation 15 hours ago

Powell and Parker Lead UCLA Past WSU 72-67

Tony Parker and Norman Powell refuse to lose at home in a game critical to UCLA's tournament chances. Greatness was on display tonight in Pauley Pavilion. Unfortunately, that was because of the fact that the 1975 UCLA Men's Basketball team, Coach Wooden's last team, was honored at halftime. That isn't to say that this year's team didn't play well. The team jumped out to lead early and held it for the first four minutes of the first half. Kevon Looney gave the Bruins their biggest lead of the first half when he hit a three pointer about a minute into the game. But, at that point, the Cougars...
Bruins Nation Mar 1, 2015

UCLA Baseball "Bats On Fire" vs. Michigan State Thread

Bring your brooms to Jackie Robinson Stadium as the Bruins hope to sweep the Spartans today at 1 p.m. After shutting out the Spartans 5 zip yesterday, and scoring at will Friday (14-2), UCLA baseball is hitting on all cylinders as it heads to sweep the series against Michigan State this afternoon, weather permitting (yes rain is in the forecast as I write). IslandBruin2 has been providing amazing coverage of this years team, and you can read his full preview of this series here. IB2 isn't the only one keeping a close eye on these Bruins, however.  According New York Times writer Kendall...
Bruins Nation Feb 28, 2015

UCLA Baseball: Saturday Thread vs. Michigan State

UCLA scored 14 runs again last night, in routing the Spartans. Will the offensive parade continue? I use the term "offensive parade" advisedly. It could refer to UCLA's production at the plate this season. But it could also refer to Block and Guerrero walking around campus (which would never happen, but still...) Last night, UCLA beat Michigan State 14-2. The Bruins have played three Friday night games, which normally means that you are going against the other team's ace. It certainly applies to UCLA, which sends James Kaprielian to the mound every Friday. But the fewest runs the Bruins...
Bruins Nation Feb 28, 2015

UCLA Basketball: Washington State Preview

UCLA has two more games to play this season, and they're both in Pauley against two soft teams: Washington State and USC. While WSU might not be as big a cupcake as Washington, this should be an easy win for the Bruins, and then it's a long wait until the PAC-12 Tournament. On paper, this is a competitive, if not close, game. Washington State plays fast, and they're in the top half of the conference in most offensive statistics. On the other hand, they have the worst defense. PAC-12 Standings Team Standings UCLA WSU FLR% 2 10 RPI 44 144 ORPG 2 11 TRPG 4 8 Fouls ...
Bruins Nation Feb 27, 2015

UCLA Baseball vs. Michigan St: Series Preview and Friday Night Thread

If this was Basketball, we would have Steve Alford up against Tom Izzo for a three game series, and we would be hoping to score in double digits in the first half of every game. A win would be out of the question. But fortunately, this is Baseball. Coach John Savage, one of the premier coaches on the national scene, leads the Bruins against Michigan State in a three game series, beginning tonight at 6 pm at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The series continues tomorrow with a 2 pm game, and concludes on Sunday with a 1 pm game. Every game begins 0-0, top of the 1st. But a series win is pretty...
Bruins Nation Feb 27, 2015

#PayEd: Kingsford's O'Bannon Bag Smokes the NCAA

Kingsford Charcoal has launched a March promotion which totally smokes the NCAA. For a limited time, bags of Kingsford will feature Bruin great Ed O'Bannon and feature the tagline "Lights 25% Faster, Doesn't Burn Athletes." It also features the hashtag #PayEd. According to Yahoo! Sports, Kingsford is going to pay Ed $1 for every tweet with that hashtag, up to $25,000. The fact that Kingsford has launched the promotion just as the sports calendar moves into March Madness is clearly no coincidence. Of course, O'Bannon's victory in his lawsuit against the NCAA has received a lot of attention...
Bruins Nation Feb 27, 2015

UCLA's Potential Seeding in the PAC-12 Tournament

UCLA has a good chance at a first round bye Everyone agrees that UCLA has some sort of shot to still make the NCAA tournament.  You can read articles about it everywhere.  I am not going to try to analyze those for a simple reason: it depends on teams across the county.  The one thing for certain is that UCLA does not control its own destiny regarding the tournament.  For example, if a number of non-at-large teams pull off upsets in their conference tournaments, UCLA is likely out.  Also if all the favorites win, UCLA is likely in. However, all the experts seem to agree that UCLA's...
Bruins Nation Feb 26, 2015

UCLA unveils new alternate basketball uniforms

UCLA and adidas unveil two alternate uniforms for post season tournament play HT to JoeBruin for the fanshot earlier today, but I thought these should get more eyes. Given the disaster that is UCLA's past relationship with adidas and the abomination of some of their alternate uniforms, I was pretty apprehensive when I saw the headline announcing the latest alternate basketball uniforms. Here's one reason why. Here's another. And another. And this one. Are you getting the gist? Happily, the new ones don't reach that level of awful. Being more of a traditionalist (does that automatically...
Bruins Nation Feb 26, 2015

UCLA Basektball: Bruins Beat PAC-12 Cupcake In A Laugher.

UCLA easily beat Washington last night, 88-66. Norman Powell and Tony Parker absolutely dominated with 24 and 20 points respectively. Unfortunately, Oregon beat Cal on the road getting a step closer to locking up third place. Joe Lunardi said on the broadcast that the Bruins are probably in if they win out the season and win a quarterfinal game in the P12T. Norman Powell scored 24 points and had 7 rebounds and 2 assists and Tony Parker went 20-5-1 as the Bruins trounced the Washington Huskies 88-66. It wasn't that close. The biggest lead was 31, and again, it wasn't that close. Already...
Bruins Nation Feb 26, 2015

Parker and Powell Lead the UCLA Bruin Rout of the Huskies, 88-66

Tony Parker and Norman Powell each scored at least 20 points and Issac Hamilton got his first double-double as a Bruin as UCLA rolled over Washington, 88-66 at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins continued their Jekyll and Hyde routine this evening, with a return to Westwood serving as the catalyst for a dominating performance against the near-cellar dwelling Washington Huskies tonight at Pauley. Behind a season-high 63% shooting from the field and a 42-20 rebounding advantage, UCLA beat UW by a final score of 88-66. The game seemed over before the first half was done. Norman Powell scored 13...
Bruins Nation Feb 25, 2015

UCLA Announces Spring Football Practice Schedule

The UCLA Bruins Football team will hold 14 spring practice session beginning on Tuesday March 31 and culminating with the annual Spring Showcase at the Rose Bowl on Saturday April 25 For football fans, it's like a glass of ice water in the Sahara... The Official Site announced the Spring Football schedule today. The Bruins will begin practice on the last day of March and will have the NCAA allotted 14 practice sessions before finishing with the Spring Showcase at the Rose Bowl on Saturday April 25.  All practices will be open to the public. The practices will be at Spaulding Field and...
Bruins Nation Feb 25, 2015

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - UCLA at the NFL Combine, OffSeason Workouts, and Unofficial Visits

Name Trevor Bauer's new drone! The NFL Combine was held over the weekend, and the Bruins overall had a nice showing. Bruins holdin it down at the combine. proud of the fellas so far — Anthony Barr (@itheeayb) February 22, 2015 I'm greatful got to participate in this years combine and eliminate all false notions about my athletic ability. Still have room 2 elevate! — owamagbe (@LPJ_Odighizuwa) February 22, 2015 Thanks to everyone who made my success possible today!! First to my number one inspiration, my mom. She beat the odds for our family. — owamagbe (@LPJ_Odighizuwa)...
Bruins Nation Feb 24, 2015

UCLA Baseball: Mid-week Game #2 Open Thread- Home vs. Long Beach St

The #4/#8 ranked Bruins start a seven game home stand tonight against the Long Beach State Dirtbags. Game time is 6 pm. The Bruins are currently 6-1, while Long Beach State is 5-2. This will be the first road game for the Dirtbags this season. Last year, Long Beach State was 34-26, and advanced to the Gainesville Regional as a 2 seed. They knocked out last weekend's UCLA opponent, North Carolina, but lost twice to College of Charleston to bring the 2014 season to a close. UCLA played Long Beach four times last year, with one mid-week game at Jackie Robinson Stadium, which the Bruins won,...
Bruins Nation Feb 24, 2015

Tuesday's Media Availability: Is UCLA Basketball a Lot Better Defensively?

Yes, UCLA had one of its best games defensively but for the year? Steve Alford had Hernia surgery and missed today's media availability.  Norman Powell gave the nice interview wishing the Coach well and getting a "win to make him feel better."  We join in wishing him a speedy recovery. In his place was the drillmaster of UCLA Assistant Coaches, Ed Schilling. The quote of the press conference was: "Last year we were able to just out score people.  This year we are probably playing a lot better defensively.   We just don't have quite the firepower obviously that we did last year. . ....
Bruins Nation Feb 24, 2015

UCLA Football: Bruins at the Combine

UCLA had five players at this year's NFL Combine- Brett Hundley, Anthony Jefferson, Eric Kendricks, Ellis McCarthy, and Owamagbe Odighizuwa. How did their draft prospects change as a result of the combine? I went through something like the NFL Combine my first fall quarter at UCLA. People like Fox and 66 will remember this. The rest will get a glimpse into prehistoric times. There was no online registration for classes back in the day. As a returning student, you went to a registration "fair" and signed up for your desired classes. But as an incoming freshman, you had to physically go to...
Bruins Nation Feb 24, 2015

UCLA Basketball: Washington Preview -- Easy Final Stretch at Pauley

UCLA lost two games in the desert last week, and control over their own destiny for third place in the PAC-12. The Bruins enter the final stretch of the season playing the three worst teams in the league at home. That's the easy part -- if Tony Parker hasn't checked-out for the year. The hard part is sitting in front of the tube hoping Oregon, Stanford, Oregon State and Arizona State do their part by losing. On the surface, the next three games should be easy:  Washington, Washington State and USC at Pauley. I have two questions: how motivated are the Bruins and has Tony Parker checked...
Bruins Nation Feb 23, 2015

Kevin Gemmell: Tom Bradley Is UCLA's New DC

Now that Bradley appears to have been hired, UCLA still needs to be transparent about the vetting process. The debate is over. According to ESPN Pac-12 reporter Kevin Gemmell, Tom Bradley has been hired as UCLA's new defensive coordinator. Source confirms that Tom Bradley has been hired as UCLA's DC and will be on campus Tuesday. No timetable for a formal announcement. — Kevin Gemmell (@Kevin_Gemmell) February 23, 2015 As long as UCLA has thoroughly vetted Bradley, preferably by using a third party firm outside the university, this is a good hire. If the vetting was completed by Dan,...
Bruins Nation Feb 23, 2015

UCLA Baseball: Road Series Win Over Top-20 North Carolina

This is how you build your resume for postseason. North Carolina is expected to make the field of 64, probably as a 2 seed in a regional. And the Bruins showed that the preseason predictions, which have them as a Super-Regional host, are still on the mark. UCLA had a weekend series scheduled in Chapel Hill against North Carolina. But when the weather turned brutal, UNC jumped into action and found a warmer weather site in Orlando. So the two teams met at a field which was farther from the home team's campus than Cowboy Stadium was from the Austin campus, for the football team's "neutral"...