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.

Recent Articles

  • No. 11 UCLA knocks off the top-ranked Wildcats in Kentucky

    No. 11 UCLA knocks off the top-ranked Wildcats in Kentucky

    Long after Rupp Arena had emptied, fans streaming through corridors in quiet resignation, Bryce Alford lingered in a corner of the 40-year-old building with his immediate and extended family. There were hugs, handshakes and smiles all around. Alford accepted congratulations from UCLA boosters and...

  • UCLA says it will embrace the pace set by No. 1 Kentucky

    UCLA says it will embrace the pace set by No. 1 Kentucky

    It will be a Kentucky Derby, run indoors. The participants will wear high-end sneakers. They might feel like being put out to pasture after what could be the fastest 40 minutes in sports. A possible documentary title: Thirteen Seconds or Less. That’s the average amount of time both UCLA and Kentucky...

  • UCLA AD Dan Guerrero assesses the state of the Bruins' athletic program

    UCLA AD Dan Guerrero assesses the state of the Bruins' athletic program

    If UCLA truly were just a basketball school, it would be a joyous time for Athletic Director Dan Guerrero. The Bruins have won their first eight games, matching their best start in three years, and will take a No. 11 national ranking into a showdown against top-ranked Kentucky on Saturday. The...

  • Memories of Bruins' title game win in Wooden's farewell linger as UCLA and Kentucky renew acquaintances

    Memories of Bruins' title game win in Wooden's farewell linger as UCLA and Kentucky renew acquaintances

    The old Kentucky basketball coach answered the phone with pleasantries dipped in a molasses drawl. He spent the next few seconds chewing on a reporter’s question like a thick wad of tobacco. “I don’t want to talk about that,” he said flatly. “That was a bad moment.” Joe B. Hall went on to chat...

  • UCLA stays unbeaten with 98-56 win over UC Riverside

    UCLA stays unbeaten with 98-56 win over UC Riverside

    Another late start came with a bonus for UCLA. There was an early end to any drama. Bruins students had barely finished waving two hands at UC Riverside and deriding the Highlanders as the “loooooosing team” as part of their pregame ritual when the game was essentially decided. UCLA scored the...

  • Bruins show they can get gritty on defense

    Bruins show they can get gritty on defense

    As the game tightened, UCLA having yielded the seven-point lead over a matter of minutes, the Bruins did what Isaac Hamilton said would be required to win the Wooden Legacy. They got nastier on defense. It started with just under three minutes to play against Texas A&M on Sunday at the Honda Center,...

  • UCLA's Eddie Vanderdoes announces intention to declare for 2017 NFL Draft

    UCLA's Eddie Vanderdoes announces intention to declare for 2017 NFL Draft

    UCLA redshirt junior defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes announced Monday on Twitter that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft. “I would like to thank everyone affiliated with UCLA Athletics, the UCLA football program and UCLA Academics for allowing...

  • Its offense in the tank, UCLA football releases coordinator Kennedy Polamalu

    Its offense in the tank, UCLA football releases coordinator Kennedy Polamalu

    The fallout from UCLA’s worst season since 2010 began Sunday when the university announced it would not retain offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu in the wake of the team’s epic struggles to move the ball. Polamalu oversaw a running game that ranked No. 127 among 128 Football Bowl Subdivision...

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