1. UCLA Basketball: Ranking Bruins' Best Dunkers from the Past Decade

    Dunkers and basketball players are two different things. Dunkers dazzle because they launch defiantly from terra firma and undertake intricate tasks airborne that cause land lubbers to envy their great gift of wingless flight...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 4 months ago 2,288 reads 9 comments

  2. UCLA Basketball: The Biggest NBA Success Stories in Bruins History

    If you were ever asked, out of the blue, to re-edit a great director’s movie from the full original footage, you might feel the dread responsibility of being called to trim down something sublime that you hadn't helped to grow...

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  3. UCLA Basketball: Biggest Surprises of Bruins' 2014 NCAA Tournament

    At this outpost of the season there are sometimes moments of surprise when you check the manifest and find the water carried most of the year by one man had been shifted, perhaps momentarily, to another...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 7 months ago 2,706 reads 2 comments

  4. 2014 NCAA Tournament: Every 2nd-Round Game from Thursday Summarized

    March Madness is the most unique tournament in the world, and the best single event in the stable of American championship games...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 7 months ago 282 reads 0 comments

  5. UCLA Basketball: Bruins Upend Arizona Wildcats in Pac-12 Tournament Championship

    Jordan Adams rose up with Pac-12 player of the year Nick Johnson undercutting his jump shot and smoothly sank the three-ball dagger that locked down UCLA's fourth conference tournament championship...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 7 months ago 1,158 reads 0 comments

  6. UCLA Basketball: Why Adidas' Made in March Uniforms Are the Worst, Again

    Adidas is betting heavily against the earnestness of the old maxim that familiarity breeds contempt. The more people see sleeved basketball uniforms, the more they will like them—their mysterious thinking goes...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 7 months ago 3,972 reads 3 comments

  7. UCLA Basketball: Report Card for Bruins' 2013-2014 Season

    It was never the best of times, it was never the worst of times. The Bruins' basketball season never lifted itself up above the clouds to look down on the mere mortals of the game, ...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 7 months ago 2,099 reads 1 comments

  8. UCLA Basketball: Bruins' 5 Biggest Concerns for the Postseason

    Trying to forecast what this team will do in March is about as certain a business as predicting whether an amateur scientist's model rocket will blow up on the launching pad or trace a beautiful white arc into the soaring vault of a blue sky...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 8 months ago 2,527 reads 0 comments

  9. UCLA Basketball: Why Bruins' Defense Must Slow Opponents' Shooting to Survive

    On a lot of nights this season the shots have splashed softly through the nylon for UCLA like sweet summer rain into a warm pool of points...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 8 months ago 663 reads 2 comments

  10. UCLA Basketball: Bruins' Blueprint to Peak Before the Postseason

    In less than a month, college basketball teams will be playing 40 minutes in the NCAA tournament that will extend or extinguish their seasons...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 8 months ago 1,694 reads 2 comments

  11. Canada Beats United States in Olympic Semifinal from Sochi, Will Play for Gold

    For the second straight Olympics, Canada halted the United States' quest for a hockey gold medal. Last time, it was 2010 on the Vancouver coast of the Pacific Ocean when Sydney ...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 8 months ago 208 reads 0 comments

  12. Sweden Beats Finland in Semifinals at Sochi Olympics, Heads for Gold-Medal Game

    Sweden directed acute pressure toward Finland's sturdy and disciplined defense without anything to show for it until two sparkling second-period goals set its course in this battle of the Baltic Sea at the Sochi Olympics...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 8 months ago 341 reads 0 comments

  13. UCLA Basketball: How Steve Alford Has the Bruins Shooting Lights-out 2013-2014

    UCLA has put in the work to improve its team defense, but it wins because of its offense. This group, whether it is because of the NCAA rule changes that allow players more freedom ...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 8 months ago 2,760 reads 0 comments

  14. 2014 Sochi Men's Hockey Quarterfinals: Finland Dominates Russia, Sends Host Home

    It was fitting that with their goalie pulled and the puck waiting at the front of the net, Alexander Radulov and the Russians were thrice denied by Finnish goalie Tuukka Rask...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 8 months ago 349 reads 0 comments

  15. UCLA Basketball: 5 Things We've Learned About the Bruins in 2013-2014

    It's gotten to be that time of year again—middle February, ugly and cold with that occasional warm day that sends meltwater down roofs and the sides of buildings to hit the ground like falling rain...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 8 months ago 3,431 reads 10 comments

  16. American T.J. Oshie King of Sochi as United States Ices Russia in Olympic Hockey

    T.J. Oshie spun his stick down like an Old West gunfighter and glided back toward the bench after burying his fourth shootout goal in six tries for team USA...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 8 months ago 471 reads 0 comments

  17. UCLA Basketball: How Unique Roster Helps Bruins in the Pac-12

    Colorado Buffaloes' head coach Tad Boyle chuckled uncannily at the question on Tuesday's Pac-12 conference call before he confirmed what has become obvious. "They are a unique team, unlike any team in our conference," Boyle said of the UCLA Bruins.

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 8 months ago 2,443 reads 0 comments

  18. UCLA Basketball: 5 Ways Bruins Must Improve Before March

    The house lights are still safely glowing, and the main stage is under construction, but the chosen few are moving closer to the tournament entry doors, and open space is growing scarce...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 8 months ago 1,437 reads 0 comments

  19. UCLA Basketball: What Zach LaVine Should Learn from Ex-Bruin Shabazz Muhammad

    There is a notion that is becoming a proverb that says if you are going to be drafted in the lottery or first round of the NBA Draft, you must take the money without considering anything beyond the wealth guaranteed in the rookie contract...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 9 months ago 4,688 reads 8 comments

  20. UCLA Basketball: 5 Burning Questions for Remainder of 2013-14 Season

    There are always questions—but these are meant to be burning questions. The careful reader will find a bad cliche or two about heat branded into the parchment—see what ...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 9 months ago 506 reads 0 comments

  21. UCLA Basketball: Breaking Down Tony Parker's Growth During 2013-2014 Season

    In reference to Tony Parker of the UCLA Bruins, the surprising Associated Press headline read : "UCLA Beats Stanford 91-74 Behind Parker." It was a true headline...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 9 months ago 3,449 reads 3 comments

  22. UCLA Basketball: One Pressing Concern for Each Bruins Starter

    In basketball, like life, you get to a certain point and your habits have hardened into reliable traits—for good or ill...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 9 months ago 1,454 reads 2 comments

  23. UCLA Basketball: Highs and Lows of Bruins' Season So Far

    For UCLA, it has been largely a good start to a season that opened with a creeping uncertainty. There was a new coach, the same corps of players with a few new additions and the ...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 9 months ago 1,736 reads 1 comments

  24. UCLA Basketball: Bruins' 5 Biggest Concerns in Pac-12 Play

    Is UCLA a good basketball team, or isn't it? Generally in Westwood, Calif., there is only the good and the bad. The good play deep into tournaments and become the great if they win...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 10 months ago 610 reads 0 comments

  25. UCLA Basketball: Ranking 5 Best Players from the 1990s

    This was not an easy list to make and, by necessity, a lot of worthy players have been left off. If your hero is not here I encourage you to make another list of your own...

    Mark Schipper Written by Mark Schipper about 10 months ago 304 reads 0 comments