Cal seeks bowl eligibility when it visits UCLA

Cal seeks a road win on Saturday in Pasadena, Calif., to reach bowl eligibility for the first time since 2019, while host UCLA pursues its third straight season of eight or more wins. UCLA (7-4, 4-4 Pac-12) comes into its regular-season finale off of a dominant 38-20 win over rival Southern California last Saturday. The Bruins led by 25 points in the late fourth quarter en route to both their second straight road win at

No. 11 Gonzaga, UCLA get NCAA Tournament rematch

A rematch of an NCAA Tournament West Regional semifinal last season pits No. 11 Gonzaga against UCLA on Wednesday in the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational. The Bulldogs won the Sweet 16 meeting 79-76 in Las Vegas, erasing a 13-point UCLA halftime lead. Julian Strawther’s 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds remaining put Gonzaga on top, and UCLA’s Tyger Campbell missed on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer. Several key players from that matchup are gone,

After narrow loss, UCLA sets sights on Chaminade

After taking No. 4 Marquette to the wire in an opening-round loss at the Maui Invitational, UCLA will look to rebound against Chaminade in consolation-bracket action on Tuesday in Honolulu. The Bruins (3-1) went back-and-forth with Marquette on Monday, leading by as many as 12 points in the second half before trailing by as many as seven in the 71-69 loss. Adem Bona, who scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor, gave UCLA

No. 4 Marquette opens Maui Invitational vs. UCLA

Two 3-0 teams will make the long trip to Honolulu as No. 4 Marquette takes on UCLA in the first round of the Maui Invitational on Monday night. The Golden Eagles head to the center of the Pacific following their first key test of the season, as they took down No. 23 Illinois 71-64 in Champaign, Ill., last Tuesday. Reigning Big East Player of the Year Tyler Kolek shined after being questionable to play due

Rivals UCLA, USC stumble into final Pac-12 showdown

Los Angeles rivals UCLA and host Southern California meet Saturday in the 93rd installment of their annual series. Both the Trojans (7-4, 5-3 Pac-12 Conference) and Bruins (6-4, 3-4) come into the matchup — the last before each leaves the Pac-12 for the Big Ten Conference — on losing streaks. USC dropped its second consecutive game last Saturday, 36-27 at Oregon. The Trojans lost the previous week at home to undefeated Washington, 52-42. “We’ve been

UCLA out to capitalize on Long Island’s defensive issues

UCLA concludes a three-game, season-opening homestand on Wednesday when the Bruins welcome Long Island to Los Angeles. UCLA (2-0) closed its 68-50 win last Friday against Lafayette with a 34-7 run, rallying from a nine-point deficit to take control in the nonconference matchup. The Bruins scored 19 points off 14 Leopards turnovers, which included four steals by Lazar Stefanovic. Stefanovic was also one of three Bruins to score in double figures with 11 points. Starter

UCLA leans on Adem Bona entering first meeting with Lafayette

UCLA continues a three-game homestand to open the season when it faces Lafayette on Friday in Los Angeles. The Bruins (1-0) opened their campaign on Monday with a 75-44 blowout of Saint Francis (Pa.) behind 28 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots from Adem Bona. The big man was key to UCLA putting up a dominant 48-12 advantage on points in the paint. Bona’s four blocks also contributed to a stingy defensive effort; the

UCLA, Arizona State meet amid quarterback scrambles

UCLA is bowl eligible, although any chance to make the Pac-12 Conference title game is most likely gone as a result of an anemic offense. The Bruins (6-3, 3-3) get a chance to regroup after a loss to Arizona last Saturday, and play host to Arizona State (2-7, 1-5) Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. UCLA fell behind 14-0 in the first half against Arizona last Saturday despite its elite defense and

New-look UCLA aims to get in gear vs. St. Francis (Pa.)

UCLA will open its final season before joining the Big Ten Conference when the Bruins welcome non-conference opponent St. Francis (Pa.) to Los Angeles on Monday night. The Bruins posted a 31-6 record overall and an 18-2 mark in the Pac-12 Conference a season ago and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. They underwent more offseason roster changes than any previous campaign in head coach Mick Cronin’s tenure, however. UCLA replaces All-American Jaime

No. 19 UCLA can’t let its guard down vs. Arizona

Arizona is looking for its third consecutive victory over a ranked team but will have to solve No. 19 UCLA’s chaos-creating defense when the teams meet Saturday night in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12) will be trying to make a claim of their own for the Top 25 if they knock off the Bruins (6-2, 3-2), who are 10th nationally in total defense (277.5 yards allowed per game), third in sacks (3.88 per