1. UCLA Basketball: Front-Line Problems Must Be Overcome for NCAA Tournament

    If UCLA goes deep into the tournament this year, it will be because its multiple backcourt pieces rise to an elite level and in fleet-footed fashion protect the frontcourt, which is the team's soft underbelly...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 9 months ago 610 reads 0 comments

  2. UCLA Basketball: Bruins' Best Situational Lineups in 2013-2014

    If you get to thinking about it, there are any number of super specialized lineups a basketball coach could devise for any situation he might encounter in a game...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 9 months ago 682 reads 0 comments

  3. UCLA Basketball: Potential Trap Games for Bruins in 2013-2014

    In looking over UCLA's schedule there were not many true trap games around to isolate, assuming a "trap game" is defined as the scheduling of a weaker opponent, either preceding, succeeding, ...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 9 months ago 2,009 reads 1 comments

  4. UCLA Basketball: Complete Roster, Season Preview for 2013-2014 Bruins

    Last season, it was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. On one hand, the team won the Pac-12 Championship with a corps of freshmen, a couple of juniors and one senior...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 10 months ago 5,510 reads 1 comments

  5. UCLA Football: Young Bruins Have Everything to Play for and Oregon Saturday

    A hydrogen bomb did not vaporize UCLA's season in Palo Alto. The team got beat by No. 13 Stanford, defending conference and Rose Bowl champions, a team refocused the week after a surprising road loss against Utah...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 11 months ago 1,289 reads 8 comments

  6. UCLA vs. Utah Football: Bruins Will Get All They Can Handle in Pac-12 Opener

    The UCLA Bruins had just finished practicing Tuesday morning from the comfort of their home in Westwood, Calif., when coach Jim Mora Jr . met with with the gaggle of beat writers at the corner of Spaulding Field...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 12 months ago 3,578 reads 0 comments

  7. Nebraska Football: Cornhuskers Fans Are the Cream of the Crop

    They love football in Lincoln, Nebraska, at least as much as Italians love soccer. But they are good sports about it there, truly good sports, as the large traveling mass of UCLA ...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 12 months ago 1,028 reads 2 comments

  8. UCLA Basketball: Projecting the 5 Biggest Changes Steve Alford Will Make

    Steve Alford has been hired as UCLA's 13th head basketball coach. With Alford, they say, things will be different. Things will go back to the way they were...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 9,113 reads 8 comments

  9. UCLA vs. Minnesota: Does Bruins' Loss Signal End of Ben Howland Era?

    It feels like the end of something at UCLA. There is a definite sense that the sea has gone out on the coast beyond Westwood and will carry back something new on the incoming tide...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 2,644 reads 23 comments

  10. How Shabazz Muhammad Can Lead UCLA Deep into the NCAA Tournament

    UCLA has a good basketball team. With Jordan Adams playing, they were becoming very good. But Adams is gone and the Tournament is here. That is the hard reality...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 3,079 reads 6 comments

  11. 5 Teams That Could Give UCLA Trouble in South Region of 2013 NCAA Tournament

    This entire tournament is trouble for UCLA, but so it goes for the rest of the field. It has been an exceptionally bizarre season of college basketball and no one team is safe or a lock to advance deeply into the tournament ...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 1,558 reads 3 comments

  12. UCLA Basketball: Ranking Bruins' Most Likely March Madness Heroes

    It's a team game and UCLA must play that way if they are going to run deep into this year's Dance. Like all team games, though, it is the individual's performance within the system that determines the success of the unit...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 2,965 reads 5 comments

  13. UCLA Basketball: Best-Case, Worst-Case Scenarios in Pac-12 Tournament

    Predicting a team's potential performance in the Big Dance from the most recent past performance numbers in the "Little Dance"—which is the single-elimination conference tournament—is ...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 1,927 reads 4 comments

  14. UCLA Basketball: 1 Lesson Bruins Can Take from Each of Their Losses

    There is plenty to learn when you are a young basketball team playing its first season together against high-level competition. These UCLA Bruins are both young, and where they are not young, new to one another...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 1,468 reads 7 comments

  15. UCLA Basketball: 5 Keys to Peaking in the Postseason

    It is amazing, the calendar has again rolled over to March, that most bewildering and promising of months...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 1,753 reads 25 comments

  16. UCLA Basketball: Why Coach Howland and Bruins Are Right Where They Need to Be

    I wish there was something to be done about all the people who had written off this team— and especially its coach —by the end of November...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 2,733 reads 18 comments

  17. UCLA Basketball: 5 Conclusions About Bruins' 2013 Class

    UCLA's three-player 2013 recruiting class has not had a seal put on it, and the Bruins may still be in the running for another post to fill out the roster, but the players who have committed are bringing specific skill sets with them to Westwood ...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 6,410 reads 0 comments

  18. UCLA Basketball: 5 Reasons Shabazz Muhammad Should Stay in School Another Year

    Shabazz Muhammad certainly would sail against the prevailing current if he chose to hold himself out of the National Basketball Association draft and play a second year of college basketball for UCLA...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 5,016 reads 12 comments

  19. UCLA Basketball: 5 Keys to Avoiding an Upset at USC

    The finale to th e Pac-12 r egular season is closing hard and—with the standings jammed up at the top between Oregon, Arizona and UCLA—these final five games are critically ...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 1,834 reads 2 comments

  20. UCLA Basketball: Strengths and Weaknesses of Bruins' 2013 Recruiting Class

    Assuming Shabazz Muhammad goes—though he should stay—and assuming Kyle Anderson stays—as he definitely should not go—UCLA still brings back a puissant squadron of scorers and one fantastic facilitator in Anderson...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 5,215 reads 3 comments

  21. UCLA Basketball: 5 Biggest Questions Bruins Face in Pac-12 Stretch Run

    UCLA is coming onto the home stretch peeling off their goggles for mud and searching in the quiet between strides for openings in the field to break through and sprint towards the finish line...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 806 reads 6 comments

  22. UCLA Basketball: 10 Lessons Bruins Have Learned This Season

    There are—or at least there used to be—rites of passage that young college basketball players went through over the course of their careers...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 1,214 reads 8 comments

  23. UCLA Basketball: Why Drew II Is Bruins' True MVP

    There isn't a clear Most Valuable Player on this year's UCLA men's basketball team. At least not yet. The overall team effort has been too inconsistent, too soft when it should ...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 860 reads 0 comments

  24. UCLA Basketball: 5 Most Maddening Things for Bruins' Fans

    There are a lot of things that make UCLA basketball fans angry right now. From the unbalanced roster, the defense, the rebounding, the offense, the coaching, the recruiting, the athletic department administration—the list is impressively long...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 2,215 reads 2 comments

  25. UCLA Basketball: Why Ben Howland's Coaching Style Is so Polarizing

    Ben Howland is an excellent college basketball coach, no matter what they tell you. He may not be the absolute best coach in America, and he may not be given a second decade to run ...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about over 1 year ago 4,269 reads 28 comments