Norman Powell scored 23 points and UCLA defeated No. 11 Utah 69-59 on Thursday night for their first victory over a Top 25 opponent this season.
Gary Payton II had 18 points and five steals as Oregon State held off a furious UCLA second-half rally to win 66-55 Thursday night.
Another slow start had UCLA coach Steve Alford questioning his team’s toughness at halftime. He demanded to know who was going to be a leader and bring energy against an upstart UC Riverside team.
Four starters lost, including three to the NBA draft. A slew of newcomers. There’s some instability at UCLA.
Jordan Adams scored 21 points and Norman Powell added 15 in his hometown to lead fourth-seeded UCLA to a 76-59 victory over 13th-seeded Tulsa on Friday night, spoiling the NCAA tournament head coaching debut of Danny Manning.
Steve Alford, in his first year at UCLA and 23rd overall as a head coach, led Indiana to the national championship in 1987. Manning led Kansas to the title the following season.
UCLA will open the NCAA tournament as a No. 4 seed against Tulsa in San Diego on Friday.
Jordan Adams scored 22 points and Kyle Anderson added 21 to lead No. 18 UCLA to an 89-76 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night.
Jordan Adams scored 16 points and No. 22 UCLA held off Drexel 72-67 Friday night in Steve Alford’s debut as coach of the Bruins.
Jordan Adams scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half to help Steve Alford win his first game as UCLA’s coach, a 96-66 exhibition victory over Cal State San Bernardino on Wednesday night.
UCLA forward Travis Wear has been diagnosed with appendicitis.
Steve Alford’s UCLA Bruins will enter the NCAA Basketball season ranked No. 23 in coaches poll.
Steve Alford was introduced Tuesday as UCLA’s head basketball coach.
Steve Alford was hired as UCLA basketball coach on Saturday, spurning New Mexico days after he agreed to a new 10-year deal with the Lobos for a chance to run what he called “the premier basketball program in the country.”