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

  • UCLA vs. Kent State: How they match up in NCAA tournament

    UCLA vs. Kent State: How they match up in NCAA tournament

    No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Kent State: A look at how the Bruins and Golden Flashes match up in the first round of the NCAA tournament’s South Regional. FRIDAY AT GOLDEN 1 CENTER, SACRAMENTO How they got here: UCLA has won 10 of its last 11 games but did not look sharp in the Pac-12 Conference tournament,...

  • UCLA hopes to recapture its swagger for NCAA tournament

    UCLA hopes to recapture its swagger for NCAA tournament

    To get back up for the NCAA tournament, UCLA might want to contemplate what happened seven months ago Down Under. As the Bruins frolicked along the Gold Coast of Australia during a summer exhibition tour, center Thomas Welsh attempted to mount a surfboard. It became an unintended comedy routine...

  • UCLA's offensive and defensive woes resurface in 86-75 loss to Arizona

    UCLA's offensive and defensive woes resurface in 86-75 loss to Arizona

    Bryce Alford’s final shot was more than a chance to salvage an ugly stat line. The UCLA shooting guard spotted up from the corner and launched the ball, his team in need of points in a hurry. The ball sailed all the way over the rim. The third-ranked Bruins’ final game before the ones that matter...

  • It's UCLA by a nose over USC in Pac-12 quarterfinals

    It's UCLA by a nose over USC in Pac-12 quarterfinals

    UCLA didn’t need to fill a whiteboard with the intricacies of its high-scoring offense or its much-improved defense. The Bruins’ game plan heading into the Pac-12 Conference tournament was simple: Just do what they do, be who they are and don’t change a thing in the wake of a lengthy winning streak...

  • Bruins are confident heading into Pac-12 tournament, but significant challenges await

    Bruins are confident heading into Pac-12 tournament, but significant challenges await

    UCLA does not plan to use either of its allotted practice times inside T-Mobile Arena before the Pac-12 Conference tournament. The first scheduled session was Wednesday morning, before the Bruins even arrive in town, and the second was Thursday morning, 11 hours before their tipoff in the quarterfinal...

  • UCLA should have TJ Leaf back for tournament opener

    UCLA should have TJ Leaf back for tournament opener

    UCLA appears to be toting some good luck with it to Las Vegas, at least on the injury front. Coach Steve Alford said Tuesday that power forward TJ Leaf’s sprained left ankle was “progressing really well” and should allow him to play in the team’s Pac-12 Conference tournament opener at T-Mobile...

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