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

  • Clippers blow 15-point lead in 111-102 loss to Pacers

    Clippers blow 15-point lead in 111-102 loss to Pacers

    A week later, nothing had changed between the Clippers and the Indiana Pacers where it mattered most. A more energized start and a frantic comeback could not compensate for the Clippers’ shortcomings during the balance of their 111-102 loss Sunday night at Staples Center. The Clippers’ reserves...

  • Rest assured, Rivers will continue to sit players

    Rest assured, Rivers will continue to sit players

    The schedule made it look like it might be a good time to rest a Clippers starter. The advanced metrics indicated everyone should be available to play. Clippers Coach Doc Rivers went with the more contemporary gauge of his players’ fatigue levels Sunday night at Staples Center, deciding not to...

  • T.J. Leaf's abundant skills were on full display in UCLA's upset of Kentucky

    T.J. Leaf's abundant skills were on full display in UCLA's upset of Kentucky

    Genetics suggested that T.J. Leaf might play shooting guard or, maybe if he was an outlier, small forward. His father stands 6-3 and his mother 5-7. His brother Troy was about 6-1 as a senior guard who starred at Azusa Pacific. There was another brother who was 5-10 and a sister who was 5-7. None...

  • 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...

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