Ben Bolch

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Ben Bolch covers UCLA football, basketball and every other sport on campus. He previously covered Bruins basketball from 2010-11 but doesn't believe he deserves any blame for his hometown N.C. State Wolfpack temporarily halting John Wooden's run of national championships in 1974 when he was 2 months old.

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  • UCLA and USC appear to be moving in opposite directions

    UCLA and USC appear to be moving in opposite directions

    It was pushing midnight as UCLA players trudged through the rain into their dated but quaint riverside hotel. The Bruins had endured something of a slog after making the roughly hourlong drive from Corvallis following a second consecutive defeat. Across town, the mood was more upbeat for their...

  • Bubble trouble for UCLA after defeat at Oregon State?

    Bubble trouble for UCLA after defeat at Oregon State?

    Steve Alford reflected his team’s fortunes with his every move in the final minutes. Thomas Welsh missed a jump shot that could have tied the score for UCLA and Alford loosened the knot on his tie as he crouched along the sideline. Jaylen Hands badly misfired on a three-pointer and Alford stood...

  • Steve Alford to get a reminder of father-son bond when UCLA takes on Oregon State

    Steve Alford to get a reminder of father-son bond when UCLA takes on Oregon State

    Steve Alford is about to get a dual reminder of the family fun he’s been missing this season. When the UCLA coach glances over at the Oregon State bench before the teams meet at Gill Coliseum on Thursday night, he’ll see not one but two father-son combinations. There will be coach Wayne Tinkle...

  • UCLA's Steve Alford won't dwell on not getting the ball into Thomas Welsh's hands at the end of loss to Colorado

    UCLA's Steve Alford won't dwell on not getting the ball into Thomas Welsh's hands at the end of loss to Colorado

    Regrets? UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford figured to have a few after the one player Colorado couldn’t stop last Saturday didn’t take a shot during the decisive stretch run of a loss at home. Or maybe not. Alford on Tuesday said he was unaware that center Thomas Welsh did not take a shot in the...

  • UCLA cornerback Nate Meadors announces he'll return next season

    UCLA cornerback Nate Meadors announces he'll return next season

    UCLA’s starting secondary will return almost fully intact after junior cornerback Nate Meadors announced on Twitter on Monday that he would come back next season and put off the NFL draft for another year. Meadors led the Bruins with nine pass breakups last season and ranked fourth with 55 tackles....

  • Colorado stuns UCLA for its first road victory

    Colorado stuns UCLA for its first road victory

    Thomas Welsh turned toward the student section at midcourt and flapped his long arms in excitement before taking a few steps and high-fiving teammate Aaron Holiday. Welsh had scored 10 consecutive points in the second half Saturday night and a game that had been trending heavily in the wrong direction...

  • UCLA men's basketball team tries to stay hot against Colorado

    UCLA men's basketball team tries to stay hot against Colorado

    UCLA UP NEXT VS. COLORADO When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 570. Update: UCLA, 13-4 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-12 Conference, has won six of its past seven games as it prepares to face a Colorado team with one of the most glaring home-road...

  • UCLA's Aaron Holiday has taken a big leap this season

    UCLA's Aaron Holiday has taken a big leap this season

    Aaron Holiday saw the Chevy Suburban parked next to the basketball goal in his cul-de-sac and contemplated the possibilities. Here was his big chance. The young boy who had been battered in pickup games with brothers six and seven years older could finally be like them. He could dunk for the first...

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