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).
UCLA beats Stanford 88-77 in Pac-12 quarterfinals
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Aaron Holiday saw the lane open and took it — over and over.
Darting and dashing his way through Stanford's defense, Holiday matched a career high with 34 points, dished out eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds in UCLA's 88-77 victory over Cardinal in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday.
Collette scores 21, Utah edges UCLA 84-78
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Beating the shot clock with a critical basket is a scenario Parker Van Dyke has practiced many times. Van Dyke has done silent countdowns in his head and fired up shots in the gym on many occasions to prepare for such a moment.
Van Dyke earned a chance to do it for real. The junior guard made a pair of 3-pointers late in the shot clock in the final minutes to help Utah edge UCLA for an 84-78 victory on Thursday.
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 beats USC 82-79, snapping Trojans’ 6-game win streak
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before the game, the UCLA student section serenaded Thomas Welsh with "Happy Birthday."
The senior was giving the gift, though.
Welsh hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 51 seconds left, lifting the Bruins to an 82-79 victory on Saturday and snapping the Trojans' six-game winning streak.
"That's special when you have a seven-footer who can make threes," UCLA coach Steve Alford said.
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."
Tres Tinkle has 16 and Oregon State beats UCLA 69-63
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A pair of back-to-back 3-pointers with under three minutes to go boosted the Beavers.
Tres Tinkle had 16 points and Oregon State snapped a two-game losing streak with a 69-63 victory over UCLA on Thursday night.
Stephen Thompson Jr. and Drew Eubanks each added 12 points for the Beavers (11-7, 3-3 Pac-12), who finished with all five starters in double figures.
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).
LOS ANGELES – For the vast majority of Friday’s Pac-12 opener in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, the Washington State Cougars stuck closely to the victory formula that netted them a few high-quality wins and a tournament trophy in nearby Fullerton almost a month ago.
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.
UCLA holds off S Dakota 85-82
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thomas Welsh scored 19 points and Aaron Holiday added 15 to lead UCLA to an 85-82 victory over South Dakota on Tuesday night.
Welsh, who is averaging a double-double this season, made 7 of 14 shots, pulled down 11 rebounds, had four assists and three blocks.
"I got a lot of good looks tonight and I took them," Welsh said.
Jaylen Hands and Gyorgy Goloman scored 12 points apiece and Chris Smith added 10 for the Bruins.
UCLA beats CS Bakersfield 75-66 for 6th win in 7 games
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On a poor offensive night, UCLA won with defense that held Cal State Bakersfield to 10-of-39 shooting in the second half.
Aaron Holiday scored 16 points and Thomas Welsh added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Bruins' 75-66 victory Wednesday night.
UCLA (6-1) trailed by nine early in the game before rallying to take a 29-27 lead at the break after scoring its fewest first-half points this season. The Bruins shot 10-of-29 from the floor in the first 20 minutes.
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.
UCLA had three players leave early to be picked in the NBA draft.
Center Thomas Welsh also declared for the draft before returning for his senior season.
“I have a chance to finish my degree and play with this team for another year so that’s an opportunity that was hard to pass up,” the 7-footer said.
“I learned a lot of great stuff from the coaches at the combine and during workouts for teams, so I hope to be better for it the second time around if I go through the same process again.”
UCLA Preview Capsule
Last season: 31-5, lost to Kentucky in Sweet 16.
Coach: Steve Alford.
Who's gone: G Lonzo Ball, F TJ Leaf, G Isaac Hamilton, G Bryce Alford, F-C Ike Anigbogu.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Center Thomas Welsh and reserve guard Aaron Holiday will return to UCLA after taking their names out of consideration for the NBA draft.
Neither hired an agent while exploring their draft stock. They announced their decisions on Tuesday, a day before the deadline for withdrawing from the draft.