Steve Alford decided to leave New Mexico only days after agreeing to a $20 million-plus package to stay in Albuquerque.
LOS ANGELES - Steve Alford, who spent the last six seasons at New Mexico, will take over the basketball program at UCLA less than two weeks after saying how happy he was to be signing a contract extension to remain coach of the Lobos.
UCLA's Larry Drew II drives against ASU's Jonathan Gilling. Drew led the Bruins with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
LAS VEGAS - At halftime Thursday, it appeared UCLA had the most apt mascot name in college sports. The young Bruins could be ferocious, sure, but prone to hibernate for long periods.
Arizona guard Jordin Mayes scored eight points against UCLA. That's more than he had scored in the previous seven games combined.
LOS ANGELES - One reason for Sean Miller's relative optimism after a 74-69 loss at UCLA was actually two reasons: Grant Jerrett and Jordin Mayes.
Arizona guard Mark Lyons, right, dives at the ball and pokes it away from USC guard Jio Fontan, causing a turnover in the first half.
If you apply some transitive basketball properties, you can still make a case for Arizona being the best team in the Pac-12.
All season long, Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller has praised the focus of his veterans and freshmen alike, their ability to block outside pressures and chatter in the name of long-term team goals.
UCLA's Kyle Anderson shoots over Olef Scahftenaar. Anderson scored 17 points as the first-place Bruins improved to 5-0 in Pac-12 play.
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA Bruins who came into this season young and inexperienced are finally melding together.
UCLA senior point guard Larry Drew II is averaging 8.1 assists, 5.9 points and 1.4 steals a game, but the former North Carolina player was left off the Bob Cousy Award list.
Sean Miller stayed upbeat after a long film session with the
Wildcat players...and other notes today from Anaheim...
Josiah Turner made a move in practices after Christmas that put
him in the starting lineup against UCLA...and other postgame notes
Halftime: UCLA 37, UA 30.
Sean Miller is hoping UA has learned some lessons from facing
formidable big men...and other notes/links entering tonight's