@latimes sports columnist and regular panelist on @ESPN's Around The Horn.

For UCLA basketball, loss in Sweet 16 to Gonzaga more a start than end

latimes.com — They slowly picked themselves up off the stadium floor, off the final moments of their season, and stood in line for the last time. Norman Powell was in front, his cheeks stained with tears. Tony Parker was in the back, his eye glazed with frustration.

Bruins' Steve Alford can count on a coaching forebear: his dad, Sam

latimes.com — The phone rings at 2 a.m. in a lakefront home in a wooded hamlet in southern Indiana. The old coach smiles. He's been waiting for the call. He picks it up and hears a voice that's been in his ear for 50 years, going from the squeal of a child to the baritone of a Bruin.

Bill Plaschke: UCLA has tuned out the noise and continues to dance

modbee.com — LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The statement was made a week ago by a television analyst on the home network of the NCAA Basketball tournament.

UCLA has tuned out the noise and continues to dance

latimes.com — The statement was made a week ago by a television analyst on the home network of the NCAA Basketball tournament. It was announced that UCLA had been given a bid. Then, with millions watching, it was announced that they did not belong. "UCLA safely in is a joke to me," said CBS' Doug Gottlieb.

These UCLA athletes are students too

latimes.com — The UCLA basketball players gathered in their tiny locker room here Friday afternoon looking like they had just endured a difficult test. They stretched. They yawned. They rubbed their red eyes. "Man, I'm glad that's over with," Tony Parker said. "Really stressful, glad to be done with it," Gyorgy Goloman said.

For UCLA coach's kid Bryce Alford, his shot finally falls into place

baltimoresun.com — It was his worst shot of the game. It was the best shot of his career. After the Coach's Kid had turned two seasons of taunts into an afternoon of greatness, it was fate that finally cut him some slack. This is the story of Bryce Alford and the Golden Brick.

For UCLA coach's kid Bryce Alford, his shot finally falls into place

latimes.com — It was his worst shot of the game. It was the best shot of his career. After the Coach's Kid had turned two seasons of taunts into an afternoon of greatness, it was fate that finally cut him some slack. This is the story of Bryce Alford and the Golden Brick.

UCLA was a lock for NCAA tournament, if only for entertainment value

latimes.com — Amid all the forehead slaps and fainting spells surrounding UCLA's invitation to this year's NCAA basketball tournament, everyone seems to be forgetting something. As long they win 20 games and keep that little pyramid sewn to their jerseys, UCLA will always receive a tournament bid based not on RPI or BPI, but an equally important analytic known as SOE - Strength of Entertainment.

UCLA men's basketball team will now play waiting game

latimes.com — One moment, they were in, the UCLA basketball team dancing all over the MGM Grand Garden Arena in leading mighty Arizona by a lucky seven with a dozen minutes remaining. The next moment, they were out, as in, outscored, 15-0, amid a roaring sea of red.

UCLA's Norman Powell puts in four years of consistently hard work

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Mar 27, 2015

One Zags big guy is screaming, Sabonis' kid is shaking his head and scowling..Bruins getting rolled...

Mar 27, 2015

Yet another reason college basketball losing popularity...sitting through about the fifth timeout in two minutes here...slower than baseball

Mar 27, 2015

Eight straight points later, Zags up by nine..Bruins can't compete inside on either end

Mar 27, 2015

Well, well..UCLA scores six straight to start second half, pull within one..Gonzaga gone cold..could be interesting

Mar 27, 2015

Feels like UCLA down by 20, but they only trail by 8 at half...Gonzaga letting them hang around...hmm....

Mar 27, 2015

Benches so far beneath the court that Alford is coaching from stool that he pulled up to court level..like he's sitting in middle of game

Mar 27, 2015

Seven minutes left in half, only three players have scored for UCLA...they have one assist..they have not been to foul line..offensive mess

Mar 27, 2015

First 12 minutes of UCLA-Gonzaga played like two teams lost in a dark cave...which is exactly what this is.....

Mar 27, 2015

Gonzaga shooting 26 percent and still leading by six...not good..

Mar 27, 2015

UCLA battered on boards...no second chances...

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