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UCLA Basketball: Another Lost Weekend in Oregon

The Oregon Ducks routed UCLA, 82-64, in a game that was totally devoid of defense. This was after losing two days before to Oregon State. With nothing to play for, the Bruins appeared to give up. It was another lost weekend in Oregon. This happens too often up there. The weekend of February 15-16, 1974 was the most infamous occurrence in UCLA Basketball lore. Bill Walton's defending national champs lost on consecutive days to Oregon State and Oregon, and Sports Illustrated made a cover story out of it under the title, "UCLA's Lost Weekend."  Bruinsnation posted under this theme in...
Bruins Nation Jan 24, 2015

UCLA Basketball Loses to Oregon Proving they Can't Play Offense or Defense

UCLA basketball has rarely looked this bad. UCLA has lost 7 of their last 10. UCLA had 7 points in the first 8 minutes.   Proving that UCLA can struggle on offense against anyone.  At 16-9 GG got tangled up a rebound and got called for flagrant one for a follow through.   UCLA continued the pathetic offense and fell down 25-12 with 9:21 left letting Oregon shot over 70%. And where did most of the offense come from for UCLA in the first half? Almost none through the set offense.  Bryce Alford hit some threes that were tough.   It was almost all individual effort as shown by the 9...
Bruins Nation Jan 23, 2015

BOOM! 4 Star WR Ryan Newsome Commits to UCLA

Ryan Newsome is the newest member of the Bruin Revolution. The 4 star WR from Aledo High in Texas committed to UCLA today in an announcement at his high school. SonofaCoach.com calls him "a threat to score whenever and wherever he touches the ball and that’s why coaches from all over the country are pursuing him....Newsome is an explosive athlete that can hit top speed very quickly." Welcome to the Bruin family, Ryan!
Bruins Nation Jan 23, 2015

UCLA Basketball Chokes on the Beavers Wood Chips

UCLA has talent. Oregon State has a coach. Guess which team won last night. Usually the day after a game I do a "news roundup" of the stories.  I could have done one but the LA Times (or fishwrap) thinks so little of this team, they have it covered by an Intern.  The Intern stipend does not cover travel out of state and they did not even send a reporter to UCLA's 66 to 55 loss at Oregon State. That is how far UCLA Basketball has fallen. It easy to figure out why.  Coaching and in particular how he uses one player. But some other points before we get there. 10. What is true now: UCLA...
Bruins Nation Jan 23, 2015

UCLA Bruins Lose to Oregon State, 66-55

Maybe these guys need to set a new mission. Like winning a game outside of LA. After winning three straight games in Los Angeles (and accomplishing a mission of some sort), the Bruins took the road up to Oregon. The trip up north already poses some issues for Bruin players, but got tougher with word that Tony Parker would miss the game in Corvallis due to injury. Since their offseason coaching change, the Beavers are not the pushovers they have been in recent seasons. Despite a late run, UCLA fell to Oregon State, 66-55. Parker's absence forced Steve Alford to go to his already thin bench...
Bruins Nation Jan 22, 2015

Lt. Gov. Newsom Takes Dan Guerrero to Task on Academic Progress

Guerrero Calls NCAA Minimum APR "Difficult to Achieve." Apparently, there are some fireworks going on at today's UC Regents meeting in San Francisco. Based on tweets from several student reporters in attendance, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero is arguing against the proposal to incorporate academic progress into coaches contracts. Sahil Chinoy of the Daily Cal tweets: Athletic director of UCLA: "(An APR of) 930 at the UC is hard to attain." 930 is the NCAA's minimum to compete in tournaments. #UCRegents — Sahil Chinoy (@sahilchinoy_dc) January 22, 2015 Chinoy also tweeted that...
Bruins Nation Jan 22, 2015

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - TJ Simmons Decommits, Kenny Orjioke at Power 5 Discussions and Bill Walton Bingo

Do you have the measles yet? Like sand through the hourglass, so goes every last minute of our lives as we wait for Signing Day. Here's the TJ Simmons drama: Last night: I'm still committed to UCLA what these guys talking about :?? — Speedie Simmons #3 (@tjsimmons4) January 22, 2015 You heard it from me first until otherwise ... #Go bruins #still grinding — Speedie Simmons #3 (@tjsimmons4) January 22, 2015 Annnnnd this morning: Officially decommited from UCLA today for personal reasons # still in recuirtment #temple #marshall #west Virgina — Speedie Simmons #3...
Bruins Nation Jan 21, 2015

UCLA Football: A Look Back in Time- 1947 Rose Bowl Team

I am the proud possessor of the 2015 UCLA Football Vintage Calendar. I thought it might be interesting to go back and learn more about the teams portrayed in the calendar. Here is January's installment. The 2015 UCLA Football Vintage Calendar features 12 teams from the past. The January page has a picture of the Game Day program from the 1947 Rose Bowl game against Illinois. Although we lost the game, it was still a remarkable season and well worth remembering. Most of the following, by the way, is from Wikipedia. The 1947 Rose Bowl was the first game played under a formal arrangement with...
Bruins Nation Jan 21, 2015

UCLA Steve Alford Interview: Talking Bigs and Contrasting Styles

In his weekly interview, Steve Alford talks about running the offense through GG. Steve Alford's Tuesday interview is here.  Some notes and analysis. Steve points out that in less than 48 hours, UCLA will play two teams of very contrasting styles.  The slow-down defense first style of the Oregon State Beavers and the track meet offense first style of the Oregon criminals Ducks.   The Beavers run a "controlling style." At one point in the interview, Steve lists all the good defense teams we have played like the Beavers.  The interesting thing about the list is that it also matches our...
Bruins Nation Jan 20, 2015

UCLA Basketball: Oregon State Preview -- Can The Bruins Win Outside of LA?

After three straight wins inside LA city limits, the Bruins hit the road to play the Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers just happen to be 10-0 at home including an upset over Arizona. Can UCLA stick to the inside-outside winning formula on the road? This is what you have to know about the OSU Beavers (12-5, 3-2): They play very slow and deliberate. They will pass and pass until they get an open perimeter look. If you play them man, they will look for the back door. Much of their stat line is deceptive. They rate low across the board offensively, 259th in points per game, but once you look...
Bruins Nation Jan 20, 2015

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - More UCLA Football Recruiting, Remembering MLK, and Bruins in the Super Bowl

Jim Harbaugh, recruiting machine. Recruiting is a long, long game.  You check in on the ones that are not committed: Coach Brich and Coach Mora earlier today pic.twitter.com/y5ZoxyzJXT — Roquan Smith (@RoquanSmith1) January 20, 2015 And committed: Ucla coming to the crib today #coach kp — Speedie Simmons #3 (@tjsimmons4) January 20, 2015 And entertain them when they visit: Coach Mora is the most down to earth coach I've ever met! #ProudBruin — Yeemer (@TheRealOcto_) January 17, 2015 And then some fancy new coach shows up halfway across the country and slowly steals...
Bruins Nation Jan 20, 2015

UCLA Athletics: Fantastic Fall Reflected in #2 Ranking in Directors' Cup

UCLA's best fall season in Olympic Sports in years, and the best finish in football in years, is reflected in the final fall standings for the Directors' Cup, and shows up as well in the Capital One Cup standings. Congrats to all the Bruin student-athletes who contributed. There are two primary competitions to determine the best overall NCAA sports programs. Guerrero clearly cares about one- the Directors' Cup, because this triggers a bonus payment so that he can restock whatever he needs to restock. The other is the Capital One Cup, which uses a different metric and crowns a best men's...
Bruins Nation Jan 19, 2015

Bruin Bites: Now is the Winter of our Content (hopefully) for Olympic Sports

This is unfortunately the winter of our discontent when you throw Men's Basketball into the mix. Our winter Olympic sports teams are in full swing now. Our winter teams have an extremely hard act to fall. We had a fall season for the ages, with a 2nd place finish in the Directors' Cup, which is our best performance since 2003. We will have a fuller analysis of the Directors' and Capital One Cup results tomorrow. But suffice it to say, when you win a national title (Men's Water Polo), reach the title game in another sport (Men's Soccer) and have decent runs in other sports, the overall...
Bruins Nation Jan 19, 2015

UCLA Basketball: Week 10 Hoops Q&A -- "Mission Accomplished" Edition

The Bruins won three in a row inside the LA City limits. Now it's off to Oregon -- first up Oregon State which just beat Washington State on the road, lost to Washington and got the upset of the year in beating Arizona at home. Have the Bruins really righted the ship? We'll know more Thursday night. Let's take this opportunity during the team's days off to reflect on state of season. 1)  Will the Bruins get into the NCAA Tournament? chrissorr: It doesn't look good. They need to finish third in the PAC-12, and not get jumped by Stanford or Washington because their OOC is...
Bruins Nation Jan 18, 2015

Bruins Nation Awards 2014: The Winners

Your votes are in. The envelopes please.... Welcome to the 2014 Bruins Nation Awards Winners Ceremony. Well, more of a post than a ceremony, but you get the idea. Thank you to everyone who wrote fanposts and fanshots and commented on Bruins Nation over the past year. This site is all about the community, and JoeBruin15 and I are committed to making that even more so in 2015 and beyond. In that sense, these awards are a thank you to everyone who makes this place home. I encourage everyone to continue to write over the coming year and keep this place the best U.C.L.A. blog in the...
Bruins Nation Jan 18, 2015

Where Do The 2014 Bruins Place in UCLA Football History

UCLA Football has racked up a 29-11 record in Jim Mora's first 3 seasons as head football coach of the Bruins. How does his current run rate in the history of the program? The 2014 football season is now behind us, with our eyes now focused on the final weeks of recruiting season, and later how our graduating seniors perform in the NFL combine and workouts before seeing a few of them go off and start professional careers. After a rough beginning at the end of the Neuheisel regime, our graduating Senior class had a nice run under Jim Mora - a 29-11 record (.725 win pct) over his first 3...
Bruins Nation Jan 17, 2015

UCLA Football: Final NFL Draft Declarations- Bruins Still Looking Good

The deadline for college athletes to declare early for the NFL draft was January 15. After allowing a couple of days for late postings, the list looks complete. And UCLA still looks very good comparing to other Pac-12 teams in terms of returning all-conference talent. We provided an analysis earlier about returning all-conference performers (1st team, 2nd team, honorable mention) taking into account players leaving early for the NFL draft. That analysis was before the final deadline to declare, which was January 15. We now have the final listing (shown here), courtesy of Yahoo Sports....
Bruins Nation Jan 17, 2015

The UCLA Bruins, the Denver Broncos, and a Ruthless Desire to Win: Continuing Football Education, 3.0

The Denver Broncos provided yet another lesson for the U.C.L.A. Bruins on how - and how not to - compete for a championship. There is a football coach who was hired to take over a team that had just suffered through a string of some of the worst seasons in that program's proud history. His hire wasn't flashy, but those who knew felt he was what the team needed to turn things around. It helped that the coach had an incredible quarterback fall into his lap at the same time, and that once-in-a-generation quarterback produced record-breaking numbers during the next three years. The players...
Bruins Nation Jan 17, 2015

UCLA Basketball: PAC-12 Rankings, Bruins Trends and Bracketology

Three weeks in, the PAC-12 conference keeps surprising. OOC darling Washington stumbles, Stanford loses Reid Travis, and the Bruins embarrass themselves but come back with three wins in a row. The conference power teams, Arizona and Utah, go at each other tonight, but Bruin fans should focus on Stanford and Washington. Only one of these three teams will go on to March Madness. The PAC-12 game of the season between Arizona and Utah happens tonight at the McKale Center. Funny thing is -- it doesn't matter to the rest of the league. I updated you on the stats and records back on December 26...
Bruins Nation Jan 16, 2015

UCLA Football Friday: Looking to the Future — Draft, Prospects, & Playoffs

With National Signing Day less than three weeks away, we take a look at some news about possible future Bruins and the future of past and present Bruins. It is speculation time in college football as future players prepare to submit their letters of intent and departing players prepare for the draft.    Will our commits actually sign their letters of intent?  Will UCLA bring in some last minute surprises like it has in the past?  Where will Brett, Eric, Owa, Ellis, Anthony and others be drafted?  We all speculate, because we care, but no one really knows.  Excitement and...

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