UCLA’s Kris Wilkes hires agent, declares for NBA draft
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kris Wilkes won't be around to play under UCLA's new basketball coach.
The sophomore forward from Indianapolis has hired an agent and declared for the NBA...
UCLA meets ASU in Pac-12 quarters
No. 7 seed UCLA (17-15, 10-9) vs. No. 2 seed Arizona State (21-9, 12-6)
Pac-12 Conference Tournament Quarterfinals, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
UCLA faces Stanford in Pac-12 tourney
No. 10 seed Stanford (15-15, 8-10) vs. No. 7 seed UCLA (16-15, 9-9)
Pac-12 Conference Tournament First Round, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT
UCLA seeks revenge on Utah
UCLA (16-14, 9-8) vs. Utah (16-13, 10-7)
Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Utah goes for the season sweep over UCLA after winning the previous...
Colorado looks to sweep UCLA
UCLA (16-13, 9-7) vs. Colorado (17-11, 8-8)
Coors Events Center, Boulder, Colorado; Thursday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Colorado goes for the season sweep over UCLA after winning the...
Hands’ 3-pointer propels UCLA past USC 93-88 in overtime
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clinging to a one-point lead in overtime, Kris Wilkes was about to put up a shot for UCLA. Southern California's defense collapsed on him and he spotted Jaylen...
Tied in Pac-12, USC and UCLA meet with tourney implications
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jaylen Hands wouldn't change a thing in this rockiest of seasons for UCLA. Not even losses to Belmont and Liberty that contributed to the firing of coach Steve...
Hands leads UCLA’s 2nd-half rally to beat Oregon 90-83
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jaylen Hands nearly couldn't miss. He stopped and popped 3-pointers from all over, repeatedly burning Oregon's defense.
UCLA looks to sweep Oregon
Oregon (15-11, 6-7) vs. UCLA (14-13, 7-7)
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles; Saturday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: UCLA goes for the season sweep over Oregon after winning the previous matchup...
UCLA routs Arizona 90-69 to end 3-game skid; Wilkes has 34
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in a long time, UCLA played 40 minutes together. The Bruins shared the ball, defended and didn't let up.
Kris Wilkes led the way with a career-high 34 points, Moses Brown had 11 points and 15 rebounds, and the Bruins routed Arizona 90-69 on Saturday night to snap a three-game skid.
It was UCLA's largest margin of victory between the rivals since a 71-49 win on Feb. 26, 2011, and fifth-biggest in the series that began in 1923.
Kelly, balanced Oregon St. beat UCLA 79-66
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said he wanted his team to penetrate the lane, draw the opponent's big man and drop the ball off to 7-footer Kylor Kelley down low.
"Kylor is, I think, maybe the best finisher in our league at the rim," he added.
Kelley was a perfect 6 for 6 from the field and finished with 14 points and five blocks as Oregon State defeated UCLA 79-66 on Sunday night.
UCLA beats California 98-83 to start Pac-12 play at 2-0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-a-day practices during holiday break. An emphasis on team unity. It's a different time at UCLA these days.
Nowhere is that more evident than in the Bruins' results.
Kris Wilkes scored 18 points and UCLA pulled away in the second half to beat California 98-83 on Saturday, giving the Bruins a sweep on the opening weekend of Pac-12 play.
UCLA fires Steve Alford as basketball coach after 6 seasons
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Alford was fired as UCLA basketball coach in his sixth season on Monday, with the Bruins mired in a four-game skid that included losses at home to Belmont and Liberty.
Athletic director Dan Guerrero said assistant Murry Bartow will serve as interim coach through the end of the season.
UCLA is 7-6 and in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament despite a talented roster that includes sophomore Kris Wilkes and freshman Moses Brown.
UCLA edges Notre Dame 65-62 on Wilkes’ 3-pointer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hobbled by leg cramps, Kris Wilkes left the court for several minutes in the second half. He limped away at the end a hero.
Wilkes hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining, lifting UCLA to a 65-62 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night after the Bruins blew a 14-point lead.
Wilkes ran backward, staggered and collapsed in agony as his teammates erupted in celebration near the basket.
UCLA knocks LMU from unbeaten ranks with 82-58 win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jaylen Hands was whipping the ball around, getting it to all his teammates. When he wasn't dishing out 10 assists, the sophomore scored 17 points for his first career double-double.
UCLA got balanced scoring in its most consistent game of the season and knocked Loyola Marymount from the unbeaten ranks with an 82-58 victory on Sunday night.
The Latest: No. 11 Michigan State easily beats No. 17 UCLA
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the Las Vegas Invitational (all times local):
Cassius Winston had 19 points and seven assists to help No. 11 Michigan State cruise past No. 17 UCLA 87-67 on Thursday night to reach the final of the Las Vegas Invitational.
Nick Ward scored 16 points, Joshua Langford had 14 and Josh McQuaid had 11 for Michigan State (4-1).
Moses leads No. 21 UCLA to 95-58 rout of Saint Francis (Pa.)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a tale of two halves for No. 20 UCLA. Moses Brown was dominant in both.
The 7-foot-1 freshman had 23 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks to help the Bruins pull away from Saint Francis of Pennsylvania for a 95-58 victory on Friday night.
"I wish I had him longer than what I'm going to have him because he's special," UCLA coach Steve Alford said.
No. 21 UCLA escapes with 91-80 win over Long Beach State
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA's bench came up big during an eight-minute stretch in the second half.
The reserves keyed a 23-5 run that turned a one-point deficit into a 91-80 victory over Long Beach State on Friday night.
Moses Brown had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the 7-foot-1 freshman's second straight double-double. Kris Wilkes added 17 points for the 21st-ranked Bruins (2-0).
No. 21 UCLA routs Fort Wayne 96-71 to open 100th season
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Throw it to Mo and watch him work.
That could be UCLA's strategy in a nutshell this season with 7-foot-1 Moses Brown patrolling the paint.
The freshman from Queens, New York, had a double-double with 19 points and 17 rebounds in his collegiate debut and the 21st-ranked Bruins routed Fort Wayne 96-71 on Tuesday night to open their 100th season of basketball.
No. 21 UCLA puts hopes for Pac-12 title in Hands, Wilkes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Getting bounced out of the First Four a year after a Sweet 16 appearance. Losing three players as the result of a shoplifting incident in China. Having the Pac-12 scoring leader leave early as a first-round draft pick.
UCLA couldn't hit the reset button fast enough.
Even with Aaron Holiday off to the NBA, the 21st-ranked Bruins are loaded with talent and expectations are once again high in Westwood.
Last season: 21-12, lost to St. Bonaventure in First Four of NCAA Tournament.
Coach: Steve Alford.
Who's gone: Guard Aaron Holiday (NBA), forward G.G. Goloman, center Thomas Welsh (NBA).
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA guard Jaylen Hands has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to school for his sophomore season.
Hands joins guard Kris Wilkes and forward Cody Riley in deciding to forgo the pro ranks for now.
Hands averaged 9.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Bruins last season. The San Diego native started 15 of 31 games in which he appeared.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA guard Kris Wilkes will skip next month's NBA draft and return to school for his sophomore season.
He averaged 13.7 points and 4.9 rebounds — both second-best on the team — last season. The Indianapolis native was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team.
Coach Steve Alford said Tuesday that Wilkes knows he'll have a bigger role with the Bruins next season. He said he sees Wilkes as a future first-round draft pick.
UCLA rallies to beat USC 87-72, earns Pac-12 tourney bye
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Down to its last regular season game, UCLA needed a win to avoid playing a day early in the Pac-12 tournament and gain a resume-building road victory against a good team.
Aaron Holiday scored 34 points, Kris Wilkes added 22 and UCLA rallied over the final eight minutes to beat Southern California 83-72 on Saturday night and complete a season sweep in the crosstown rivalry.
Holiday scores 29 as UCLA beats Oregon 86-78 in OT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA blew a double-digit lead in the second half when its star guard Aaron Holiday left the game in foul trouble. But he came back in time to rescue the Bruins and lead them to an overtime victory.
Holiday scored 29 points and Kris Wilkes added 19 to lead UCLA to an 86-78 overtime victory over the Ducks in a Pac-12 Conference game Saturday night.
UCLA starts strong and finishes strong in win over Stanford
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA's Jaylen Hands was on a breakaway with Kris Wilkes and no Stanford defenders in the area. Hands got creative and took a play out of his high school playbook of fancy, crowd-pleasing moves.
He used a between-the-legs alleyoop pass to Wilkes for a basket.
"I got the rebound, and I saw Kris running and I remember I had a lot of space, so I was like, 'I've got to do something crazy,' " Hands said. "I didn't know what to do and it just came into my head."
Holiday scores 21 as UCLA tops Cal, 107-84
BERKELEY,Calif. (AP) — Aaron Holiday scored 21 points, Thomas Walsh added 19 more and UCLA defeated California 107-84 on Saturday.
The Bruins (12-4, 3-1 Pac-12) reached a season-high in points, picking up their fifth win in the past six games. They beat California (7-9, 1-2) for a fifth time in seven games.
All five UCLA starters reached double digits in scoring.
Kris Wilkes finished with 16 points, Prince Ali had 15 points and Alex Olesinski had 14.
Wilkes scores 21, UCLA beats cold-shooting Huskies 74-53
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a second half to remember for the young Bruins on Sunday night. UCLA runs of 15-0 and 24-1 in the second half to turn a 14-point deficit with 17 minutes to play into a 21-point victory.
Freshman Kris Wilkes scored a career-high 21 points and Aaron Holiday added 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead the Bruins to a 74-53 win over Washington on Sunday night.
Holiday with 33, UCLA opens Pac-12 96-82 over Washington St
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Holiday took his game to another level Friday night and led UCLA to an impressive opening night Pac 12 game victory.
Holiday scored a career-high 33 points, pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds and had four assists and Jaylen Hands added 19 points to lead UCLA to a 96-82 victory over Washington State. Kris Wilkes scored 14 points and Thomas Welsh scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Bruins (10-3).
Holiday, Wilkes, lead UCLA to upset of No. 7 Kentucky, 83-75
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — UCLA guard Aaron Holiday delivered a steadying performance and a clutch finish to a made-for-TV holiday weekend event.
And he did it in the same arena where his brother, Jrue Holiday, plays home games in the NBA — albeit to the disappointment of a decidedly pro-Kentucky crowd.
Holiday capped a 20-point performance with a pivotal driving scoop and two free throws in the final 33 seconds, and UCLA upset No. 7 Kentucky 83-75 on Saturday.
No. 23 UCLA escapes with 106-101 OT win over Central Ark.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The freshmen who aren't playing for UCLA have been getting all the headlines. Kris Wilkes is starting his career by holding things down in their absence.
Wilkes scored 20 points, including five straight in overtime, and No. 23 UCLA rallied past stubborn Central Arkansas 106-101 on Wednesday night, hours after three of the Bruins' freshmen confessed to shoplifting in China and were indefinitely suspended.
No. 21 UCLA survives to beat Georgia Tech 63-60
SHANGHAI (AP) — Led by freshman Kris Wilkes with 18 points, No. 21 UCLA overcame the loss of three other freshmen who were held out to beat Georgia Tech 63-60 in the teams' season opener on Saturday in China.
Fellow freshman Jaylen Hands added 14 points, Aaron Holiday had 11 and Thomas Welsh had 10 for the Bruins, who used defense in the closing minutes to hold off the Yellow Jackets.