Latest Mick Cronin News

Gonzaga back at No. 1 in AP Top 25; Auburn up to No. 2

Jan. 17, 2022 14:22 PM EST

A wild week of upsets led to big changes in the AP Top 25. Amid the chaos, a familiar team returned to the top. Preseason No. 1 Gonzaga climbed back atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll on Monday, ending Baylor's five-week run. The Bulldogs had 25 first-place...

No. 3 UCLA beats Oregon St. 81-65 behind Juzang's 24 points

Jan. 16, 2022 01:23 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coming off an overtime loss, UCLA paid the price in practice. The third-ranked Bruins went hard and it paid off. Johnny Juzang scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half when UCLA pulled away to beat Oregon State 81-65 on Saturday night. “We...

Oregon beats No. 3 UCLA 84-81 in OT for Altman's 700th win

Jan. 14, 2022 01:22 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oregon had lost some close games before briefly getting shut down by COVID-19. The Ducks are finally turning a corner. Jacob Young scored a season-high 23 points and Oregon edged No. 3 UCLA 84-81 in overtime Thursday night to give coach Dana Altman his 700th...

COVID-19 pauses have teams working way back to 'game shape'

Jan. 07, 2022 17:57 PM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — When second-ranked Duke returned from a COVID-19 outbreak, it didn't take long for coach Mike Krzyzewski to see just how much work was ahead for the Blue Devils to get back into form. “One of the kids, he was back for the first day" of practice, Krzyzewski...

Back in action: No. 5 UCLA routs Long Beach State 96-78

Jan. 06, 2022 22:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Early on, fifth-ranked UCLA looked out of sorts in its return from a 25-day absence caused by COVID-19. Johnny Juzang, an 87% free-throw shooter, missed his first two at the line. The Bruins missed eight of nine field-goal attempts soon after. ...

Mid-major pop-up game pits San Francisco and Loyola Chicago

Jan. 05, 2022 17:47 PM EST

This college basketball season feels like an extension of the last one, the coronavirus leaving pauses, cancellations and postponements in its wake. A beacon of basketball brilliance has risen from the ashes: two of the nation’s best mid-majors squaring off in a junior college...

After COVID-19, No. 5 UCLA waits to play 1st game in weeks

Jan. 04, 2022 23:14 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a nearly two-week shutdown because of COVID-19, UCLA is back. At least the fifth-ranked Bruins are trying to be. And they finally have an opponent to play. The team returned to practice a week ago, with everyone from coach Mick Cronin to...

UCLA calls off game against Alabama State due to COVID-19

Dec. 15, 2021 22:47 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA’s game against Alabama State on Wednesday night was called off because of COVID-19 protocols. The decision was announced an hour before the fourth-ranked Bruins were set to take the court. Some players from both teams were on the court when they were...

Jaquez scores 24 in No. 4 UCLA's 67-56 win over Marquette

Dec. 12, 2021 00:34 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — No. 4 UCLA's biggest scare of the weekend came the night before its actual game against Marquette, when its private chartered flight to Milwaukee was diverted to Denver due to a cracked windshield. “We had to land as fast as possible,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin...

No. 5 UCLA beats Colorado 73-61 in Pac-12 opener

Dec. 02, 2021 00:27 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spurred on by Russell Westbrook's courtside encouragement, Tyger Campbell kept firing away. Campbell scored 21 points, tying his career high with four 3-pointers, and No. 5 UCLA recovered after blowing most of a 17-point first-half lead to beat...