Full coverage: 2023 NCAA basketball tournament
UCLA’s men’s and women’s teams saw their NCAA tournament runs end in Sweet 16 heartbreak.
The UCLA men and Gonzaga had met three times on college basketball’s biggest stage, producing some of the event’s most iconic moments.
Thursday night was no exception, as the Bruins lost a 13-point lead to Gonzaga early in the second half of their NCAA tournament West Region semifinal, falling behind by 10. They stormed all the way back, surging ahead by one point on Amari Bailey’s fearless three-pointer with 12.4 seconds left.
Only to be undone by a Julian Strawther 35-footer with seven seconds remaining.
The UCLA women’s team, the No. 4 seed in the Greenville Regional 1, took on its biggest test yet: a Sweet 16 matchup against No. 1 ranked defending champion South Carolina.
One of five teams in the regular season to keep South Carolina to a single-digit win margin, the Bruins (27-10) couldn’t conjure the same energy in the postseason duel as the Gamecocks won their 41st consecutive game.
Check out The Times’ complete coverage of the NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments.
Hoping to avenge its loss to South Carolina in November, UCLA instead sees its season end in a 59-43 Sweet 16 loss in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
Analysis: Even without raising a banner, UCLA’s seniors restored blue-blood fabric of the program
UCLA’s seniors won’t raise banner No. 12 after another heartbreaking loss to Gonzaga, but they brought toughness and pride back to a storied program.
UCLA has worked on improving in crunch time following its loss to South Carolina earlier this season. It is confident it can be a Sweet 16 spoiler.
San Diego State outlasts Creighton to reach the NCAA tournament Final Four for the first time. The Aztecs will play Florida Atlantic in the semifinals.
Plaschke: UCLA goes from brilliant to broke as history cruelly repeats itself vs. Gonzaga
UCLA looked poised to finally break its losing streak against Gonzaga, only for everything to end in March Madness mess of a loss for the Bruins.
San Diego State and Creighton meet in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament with a trip to the Final Four in Houston on the line.
Nijel Pack led the way as Miami defeated Houston 89-75 on Friday night in the Sweet 16, leaving the NCAA tournament with no No. 1 seeds remaining.
Darrion Trammell scored 21 points to lead fifth-seeded San Diego State to a 71-64 victory over top-seeded Alabama in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
After UCLA took the lead with 12 seconds left, a three-pointer by Julian Strawther lifts Gonzaga to a 79-76 win in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
Gonzaga’s Julian Strawther seals the win 79-76 with a three-point shot to hand UCLA another early exit during the Sweet 16 at March Madness in Las Vegas.
Gabriela Jaquez’s defense, rebounding and effort mirrors her award-winning brother and helped her earn a spot in the UCLA women’s basketball rotation.
UCLA’s freshman core of Adem Bona, Amari Bailey, Dylan Andrews and Will McClendon hope to continue their defensive dominance against Gonzaga in the Sweet 16.
Here’s everything you need to know to make a smart bet on UCLA vs. Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
J. Brady McCollough makes his picks for every game in the Sweet 16 and beyond in the NCAA basketball tournament. How will UCLA, Alabama and Houston fare?
UCLA might be further depleted when they take on Gonzaga in Las Vegas in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16, but both teams know it’ll still be another classic.
UCLA will need new strategy for Drew Timme if Adem Bona, David Singleton out vs. Gonzaga
UCLA coach Mick Cronin didn’t say much on the injury status of Adem Bona and David Singleton but might need someone else to defend Gonzaga’s Drew Timme.
Amari Bailey has developed into a bona fide star for UCLA, as showcased in the team’s NCAA tournament victory over Northwestern.
UCLA women’s basketball coach Cori Close feels the secret to success in the NCAA tournament is getting players to find a balance between focus and fun.
UCLA didn’t have the easiest of wins against Northwestern in the second round of the NCAA tournament, but the Bruins find ways to power through adversity.
David Singleton exited late with an ankle sprain as UCLA held off Northwestern 68-63 to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
How an FBI agent’s wild Vegas weekend stained an investigation into NCAA basketball corruption
A Times investigation reveals new details about a probe into NCAA men’s college basketball and misconduct by the lead FBI agent in Vegas.
UCLA women’s basketball tracks seven passion play categories. Coach Cori Close says the plays have been vital in their NCAA tournament resurgence.
With spark plug Jaylen Clark sidelined for the NCAA tournament because of a leg injury, the rest of the UCLA Bruins have stepped up on defense.
Tyus Edney’s winning shot for UCLA in 1995 against Missouri lives on in NCAA tournament lore. But whatever happened to Derek Grimm, the guy he scored on?
No one loves UCLA basketball more than David Singleton, the senior sharpshooter who is sure to have his teammates hyped for another NCAA tournament run.
One shining moment: Jake Liker near perfect predicting March Madness Selection Sunday
Westwood native Jake Liker was one of 229 brackets entered in “The Bracket Project,” where he almost correctly guessed the entire NCAA tournament field.
Ricky Council IV made five late free throws, and eighth-seeded Arkansas prevailed 72-71 on Saturday to end top-seeded Kansas’ national title defense.
Destiny Littleton forces overtime on a clutch three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation before USC fades in a 62-57 loss to South Dakota State.
How likely are No. 16 seeds to make NCAA tournament history? Not likely, not impossible.
USC can’t overcome an off game from star Boogie Ellis and falls to Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The Cal State Dominguez Hills women’s basketball team says a uniquely strong team bond has helped fuel a historic run to the Division II Elite Eight.
March Madness is famously about little schools dreaming big, but championship odds are squarely on the side of No. 1 seeds.
Is the Pac-12 really so diminished it can’t land a TV deal? A closer look at why the league is struggling ahead of USC and UCLA’s departure.
The UCLA Bruins have been seeded second in the NCAA tournament’s West Region and will play North Carolina Asheville in the first round.
How did USC and Vincent Iwuchukwu find a way to get the game-changing player back on the court after he suffered cardiac arrest during preseason practice?
Lindsay Gottlieb brings to a struggling USC program lessons learned from two years as an NBA assistant as well as a track record of success at Cal.
USC and UCLA are leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten Conference in 2024, the two schools announced.
The Bruins’ relentless defense and ability to protect the ball make them capable of beating any team. What has to happen for them to win a 12th title?
Princeton reached the NCAA tournament regional semifinals for the first time in 56 years with another stunner, beating Missouri 78-63 on Saturday.
UCLA has one of the most treacherous March Madness roads to the Final Four. In other words, Mick Cronin’s Bruins are stoked for the challenge ahead.
Fairleigh Dickinson became the second No. 16 seed in NCAA tournament history to defeat a No. 1 seed, shocking Purdue 63-58 on Friday night.
Times college sportswriter J. Brady McCollough makes his picks and predictions for every game in the 2023 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Analysis: The loss of Jaylen Clark doesn’t mean the end of the road for UCLA’s title hopes
Jaylen Clark suffered an injury Saturday night during UCLA’s win over Arizona. The Bruins have freshmen who could step up in his absence.
Here’s everything you need to know to make a smart bet on UCLA vs. Northwestern in the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
No. 2 seed UCLA cruised to a 86-53 rout of No. 15 seed North Carolina Asheville in the first round of the NCAA men’s tournament on Thursday.
No. 2 seed UCLA avoided the upset bug Arizona and Virginia caught, and looked dominant during their big win over No. 15 seed UNC Asheville.
No. 15-seed Princeton went on a late run to stun No. 2 Arizona 59-55 while No. 13 Furman rallied to hand No. 4 Virginia another first-round NCAA tournament loss.
‘There’s a method to our madness.’ How USC women built the best defense in program history
USC’s defense is a perfect combination of personnel, planning and passion. It’s why the Trojans are in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014.
UCLA secured a No. 2 seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Sunday and will play North Carolina Asheville in the first round Thursday. USC is a No. 10 seed and will play Michigan State.
The path USC took from a disappointing night in November to Friday’s NCAA tournament opener sets it apart from Andy Enfield’s other Trojan teams.
Here’s the full bracket for the men’s NCAA tournament, which starts on Tuesday with the First Four games. The first round tips off Thursday.
L.A. Times college basketball experts Ben Bolch, Ryan Kartje and J. Brady McCollough project the Pac-12 tournament and national championship winners.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. arrived at UCLA as a willowy prospect fighting for minutes. Four years later, he is a brawny veteran and the Pac-12 player of the year.
USC senior Boogie Ellis has become a team leader while persevering during highs and lows. Says trainer Vince Rogers, “He’s in a really good place.”
What seniors Jaime Jaquez Jr., Tyger Campbell and David Singleton have meant to the team in restoring UCLA to prominence before showdown with Arizona.