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Oregon guard Payton Pritchard (3) drives to the basket against California guard Paris Austin (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, March 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Thomas Boyd)

Pac-12 coaches tab Oregon's Pritchard as player of the year

Mar. 9, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

Oregon's Payton Pritchard has been named Pac-12 player of the year by the conference's coaches. UCLA coach Mick Cronin was voted coach of the year and Arizona freshman forward Zeke Nnaji freshman of the year in honors announced Monday. Colorado's Tyler Bey was named defensive player of the year, UCLA's Chris...

UCLA guard Chris Smith, right, is defended by Southern California guard Ethan Anderson (20) and guard Jonah Mathews during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Mathews, USC snap UCLA's 7-game streak on last-second 3

Mar. 7, 2020 6:45 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonah Mathews envisioned the possibilities in his head the night before: becoming USC's career 3-point shooting leader, beating UCLA in his final home game as a senior, hitting the winning shot. Then he went out and did it. Mathews hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1 second remaining...

UCLA guard Tyger Campbell, right, shoots over Arizona forward Stone Gettings during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. UCLA won 69-64. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

UCLA surges, beats Arizona 69-64 for 7th straight win

Mar. 1, 2020 1:32 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mere six weeks ago, UCLA was 8-9 and in last place in the Pac-12 standings. When the Bruins closed out a dramatic win over Arizona and then celebrated with their Pauley Pavilion fans in their seniors' final home game Saturday night, the conference standings and UCLA's fortunes had...

UCLA head coach Mick Cronin directs his team against Colorado in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

UCLA rallies in 2nd half to beat No. 18 Colorado, 70-63

Feb. 22, 2020 7:47 PM EST

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The NCAA Tournament was unlikely for UCLA four games into the Pac-12 Conference schedule. With three games to go in the regular season, the Bruins are making a case to get there. "All that stuff takes care of itself if you win games," coach Mick Cronin said. UCLA added another solid...

UCLA forward Cody Riley (2) looks to shoot over Utah forward Riley Battin during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)

Bernard jump starts UCLA to 69-58 win over Utah

Feb. 21, 2020 2:07 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Defense travels. UCLA coach Mick Cronin has been drilling this mantra into his team since he arrived in Westwood and his players are responding. “Defensively, we couldn't have played much better,” Cronin said after his Bruins beat Utah 69-58 on Thursday night. Jules...

UCLA guard Tyger Campbell (10) vies for a rebound against Washington State guard Jervae Robinson (1) and forward DJ Rodman (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Riley leads UCLA past Washington State in OT, 86-83

Feb. 14, 2020 2:29 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Riley got his first shot to fall in overtime, and that gave him the determination to get more. Riley scored 11 of his 19 points in overtime to lead UCLA to a 86-83 win over Washington State on Thursday night. Riley made the biggest shots when the Bruins needed him most. He scored...

UCLA guard Tyger Campbell (10) drives between Arizona's Josh Green (0) and Jemarl Baker Jr. during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

UCLA shuts down No. 23 Arizona in 65-52 win

Feb. 9, 2020 2:22 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — UCLA watched Arizona State make almost everything it took from 3-point range. Two days later, Arizona missed nearly everything it shot, with a little help from the Bruins. The result: Arizona's lowest shooting percentage in the McKale Center's 47-year history. Playing arguably its best...