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

  • Bryce Alford keeps climbing in the UCLA record books

    Bryce Alford keeps climbing in the UCLA record books

    Bryce Alford was once derided as playing a starring role for UCLA only because his father, Steve Alford, coached the team. He’s about to experience a different kind of Bruins kinship. Remember Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Don MacLean and Reggie Miller? Bryce Alford is on pace to have his name alongside...

  • UCLA cruises to victory over Stanford

    UCLA cruises to victory over Stanford

    There was a retro feel inside Pauley Pavilion on Sunday evening, as if UCLA had flipped the calendar backward for another mid-November game against an overmatched opponent from some lesser conference. The Bruins were only too happy for the reminder of what a relatively stress-free evening of basketball...

  • Bruins' big crowds could set Pauley Pavilion record

    Bruins' big crowds could set Pauley Pavilion record

    Pauley Pavilion is no longer the greatest show of dearth. The crowds are back and so is the buzz about a UCLA basketball team that is packing its home arena at what could become a record level in the five seasons since it was renovated. Recent games against Michigan and California were both sellouts,...

  • UCLA almost takes it too easy in 81-71 victory over California

    UCLA almost takes it too easy in 81-71 victory over California

    Playtime was over. After the Snoop Dogg scoreboard video cameo, another insanely deep Lonzo Ball three-pointer before halftime that gave UCLA a 20-point  lead and a TJ Leaf dunk that instantaneously went viral on Twitter, the Bruins somehow still needed to win the game. What had been a 24-point...

  • UCLA's new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch says running game will 'drive the train'

    UCLA's new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch says running game will 'drive the train'

    Jedd Fisch used to make photocopies for Steve Spurrier as part of an unconventional rise from someone who never played football to a longtime college and NFL assistant coach. He’ll try to duplicate as little as possible in his latest stop. UCLA’s offense was among the worst in the Pac-12 Conference...

  • No. 4 UCLA faces California in Pac-12 home opener

    No. 4 UCLA faces California in Pac-12 home opener

    UCLA didn’t enjoy a total reprieve from coursework over its winter break. The Bruins have been busy with an informal lesson in communication studies. Coach Steve Alford wants his players to talk more on defense as part of their efforts to improve the team’s one perceptible weakness. “It’s as simple...

  • UCLA's Hamilton aims to 'bounce back' from shooting slump

    UCLA's Hamilton aims to 'bounce back' from shooting slump

    A lost weekend in Oregon is nothing new for Isaac Hamilton. It almost seems like part of his itinerary. The UCLA senior guard went scoreless against Oregon State on Friday, missing all 10 shots (including five three-pointers) while grabbing three rebounds. It was almost a replica of Hamilton’s...

  • UCLA expected to hire Jedd Fisch as new offensive coordinator

    UCLA expected to hire Jedd Fisch as new offensive coordinator

    Michigan passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch has emerged as UCLA’s top candidate to become the Bruins’ new offensive coordinator and his hiring could be imminent, a person close to the situation said Monday. Fisch, who has five years of experience as an offensive coordinator at the college and...

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