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A Look At UCLA’s 11 Games This Season

If you’re like me, you’ve got better things going on in life than watching UCLA basketball. I think we all have bigger priorities than tuning in to Bruins games out west, with the exception being a couple Battle 4 Atlantis games over Thanksgiving break. (Food coma = ESPN binge.)

But unlike me, you were probably too busy this afternoon to dissect UCLA’s 11 games this season for a post on What can I say? Wednesdays can be slow for me. I went to Fayette Mall for new socks and drove to Madisonville, too. BIG DAY.

So, below you’ll find a rundown of how UCLA has fared thus far through 2014-15.

(Spoiler: It’s not all that impressive.)


[W] UCLA 113, Montana State 78
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

Somehow, some way, UCLA gave up 78 points to Montana State, the same team that managed to score only 22 points on Kentucky before the third platoon checked in with five minutes left. The Bobcats shot over 47 percent from the field against the Bruins with 10 players getting at least a bucket, including four players in double-figures.

However, UCLA still escaped with a 35-point win, led by 25 points from Norman Powell and another 20 from Kevin Looney in his college basketball debut. Powell and Looney were responsible for 23 of their team’s 26 made free throws.

I can’t fathom Montana State scoring 78 points on anyone.

[W] UCLA 84, Coastal Carolina 71
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

UCLA found itself in a tight one with Coastal Carolina in the first half of the Bruins’ second game of the season, until UCLA pulled away in the second half with a 24-8 run.

Kevin Looney recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Bryce Alford, the coach’s son, added 17 of his own.

Coastal Carolina went on to beat Auburn at Auburn three weeks later.

[W] UCLA 107, Nicholls State 74
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

Nicholls State, UCLA’s third opponent in six days, caught the Bruins on a hot shooting night from outside. UCLA went 11-for-21 from three-point land and eclipsed the 100-point mark for the second time in its first three games.

Baby Alford led all scorers with 28 points and a career-high 13 points. Kevin Looney added another double-double with 12 and 14.

[W] UCLA 77, Long Beach State 63
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

Long Beach State gave UCLA its closest contest of the young season, trailing by only two possessions with three minutes to go. But UCLA buckled down and got the job done with an 11-2 run to close out the game.

All five UCLA starters scored in double-figures, led by 24 from Norman Powell. Kevin Looney added yet another double-double, his third in his first four games, with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bruins scored only four points off the bench, all from guard Noah Allen.

[L] Oklahoma 75, (22) UCLA 65
Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Now a Top 25 team, UCLA traveled to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis, where it ran into Oklahoma in its first game in paradise. UCLA looked to be in good shape with a 57-49 lead in the second half, that is until Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, a native of the Bahamas, went on a personal 10-0 run to give the Sooners the lead. Oklahoma went on to win, 75-62, with 24 points from Hield.

The Bruins shot 26-of-69 from the field, 4-of-17 from deep, and 9-of-21 at the foul stripe.

Looney recorded another double-double 16 points and 15 rebounds.

[L] (5) North Carolina 78, (22) UCLA 56
Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas

UCLA dropped its second game in a row with a loss to fifth-ranked North Carolina (also coming off a loss) thanks to an ugly showing from the Bruins. Steve Alford’s team committed 23 turnovers to only seven assists and missed all but one of their 14 three-point field goal attempts.

Alford said afterward, “Our guard play wasn’t very good, our frontcourt wasn’t very good, and that’s not a very good combination.”

UCLA held a lead at 18-11, but that was as good as it would get for the Bruins in this one.

[W] (22) UCLA 88, UAB 76
Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Still in the Top 25 and still in the Bahamas, UCLA drew UAB in the seventh-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, meaning the loser of this one would finish dead last at the event.

Things were going great for the Bruins with a 22-point lead with eight minutes left, then UAB made it interesting with a 17-5 run. Luckily for the Californians, they got it together late and held on to the lead for their only victory in the tournament.

Five Bruins scored in double-figures, powered by Isaac Hamilton’s 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting.

[W] UCLA 73, CS Fullerton 45
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

After dropping two games in the Bahamas, UCLA returned home to Westwood to host nearby California State Fullerton and they returned to early season form with a blowout. The Bruins held Fullerton to 24 percent shooting and cruised to a 73-45 victory.

Once again, all five starters reached double-digit scoring and Kevin Looney filled up the box score with another double-double. Tony Parker was one rebound shy of joining Looney.

[W] UCLA 75, San Diego 68
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

UCLA got off to a rough start against San Diego, trailing by two going into the break in Los Angeles. The Bruins were beat on the glass and on the scoreboard through the first 20 minutes, causing Steve Alford to lose his mind in the locker room.

UCLA would respond, however, taking over the lead and stretching it out to nine on two separate occasions. They went on to win by seven in the end, and yes, you guessed it, Kevin Looney had a double-double, his sixth through nine career games.

[W] UCLA 77, UC Riverside 66
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

UCLA came out sluggish once again against UC Riverside, trailing at the half in a second game in a row, this time by eight. But Normal Powell sparked a Bruin rally in the second half with seven straight points and UCLA went on to win by 11.

Tony Parker had a career-high 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Looney added a double-double of his own for his Pac-12-leading seventh of the year.

[L] (9) Gonzaga 87, UCLA 74
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

A familiar face lit UCLA up for 24 points in Gonzaga’s 13-point win on UCLA’s home floor last weekend. Kyle Wiltjer was 9-of-13 from the field and 3-of-5 from outside en route to those 24 points, followed by another 20 from his Bulldog teammate Byron Wesley.

The loss was UCLA’s third on the season, snapping a four-game winning streak and an undefeated record at home. It was never close.

[?] (1) Kentucky __ , UCLA __
United Center, Chicago, Illinois

Good luck! cal-flex2

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

7 Comments for A Look At UCLA’s 11 Games This Season

  1. rainman
    8:27 pm December 17, 2014 Permalink

    What is up with their depth? Do they have injuries, or did they just get caught short of players! They don’t seem to play more than 6 or 7 guys!
    The numbers above don’t really look all that bad (overall), but the eye test says, they’re aweful!

  2. Jud
    8:41 pm December 17, 2014 Permalink

    I bet we win. Anyone want to bet?

  3. jonthes
    9:45 pm December 17, 2014 Permalink

    UK 88 UCLA 70 – useful useful useful – grow up pricks.

  4. Time Expired
    10:32 pm December 17, 2014 Permalink

    UCLA has no bench to count on at all. They got 2 pts. off the bench against Gonzaga and seem to be guard oriented offensively. I look for them to wilt really quick in the second half against the Cats and lose by 20-25 pts. Cats front court will dominate this game.

  5. bharlan24
    12:27 am December 18, 2014 Permalink

    Why is UK playing home and home with UCLA? I thought Calipari didn’t want home and home schedules. I thought he wanted to play at Neutral sites, remember Indiana?

  6. rockatao
    3:50 pm December 18, 2014 Permalink

    it has always amazed me, for the last 10-15 years, how many guys UCLA sends to the pros from pretty mediocre college teams — poor coaching I suppose