LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Head coach Ben Howland of the UCLA Bruins shouts during the game with the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders at LA Sports Arena on November 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Middle Tennessee State won 86-66. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

2011 Maui Invitational Tournament: UCLA Loses To Michigan, Takes Fourth Place

UCLA has yet to defeat a Division I team this season.

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Maui Invitional Tournament, UCLA Vs. Michigan: Bruins Lose 79-63

Zack Novak scored 22 points to lead the No. 15 Michigan Wolverines over the UCLA Bruins 79-63 Wednesday night in the third place game of the Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center. The Bruins fell to 1-4 on the season, with their only victory coming against Division II Chaminade on Monday in the quarterfinals of this tournament.

Novak made seven of his eight field goal attempts, including four of five from beyond the arc. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 for Michigan, who improved to 5-1 on the season.

Travis Wear led the Bruins with 16 points in 24 minutes, and Jerime Andersen added 12. Center Joshua Smith scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds, but was limited to 19 minutes thanks to his four fouls. Smith is averaging eight fouls per 40 minutes so far this season.

The Bruins have Thanksgiving weekend off, but return home to host Pepperdine on Monday at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.

For more UCLA basketball news and analysis, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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2011 Maui Invitational: Duke Vs. Kansas Tournament Final, Wednesday Schedule, Game Time, TV & More

The Duke Blue Devils have never lost in Maui,and look to continue that streak on Wednesday night in the finals of the 2011 Maui Invitational against the Kansas Jayhawks. Duke took care of business on Tuesday night with an 82-75 victory over the Michigan Wolverines in the semifinals, while Kansas dispatched the UCLA Bruins 72-56. Here are the relevant details of the third and final day of the tournament on ESPN:

  • Location: Lahaina Civic Center in Maui Hawaii
  • Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas, and Bill Raftery
  • Game 9 (losers bracket): Tennessee vs. Chaminade, 11:30 a.m. PST (ESPNU)
  • Game 10 (5th Place Game): Georgetown vs. No. 8 Memphis, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • Game 11 (3rd Place Game): No. 15 Michigan vs. UCLA, 4:30 p.m. PST (ESPN2)
  • Game 12 (Tournament Final): No. 6 Duke vs. No. 14 Kansas, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

The Bruins (1-3) are still in search of their first win against a Division I team this season, as their only win came Monday night against Division II Chaminade. For the full Maui Invitational bracket, click here.

For more UCLA basketball news and analysis, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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Maui Invitational 2011, UCLA Vs. Kansas: Bruins Fall 72-56 In Tournament Semifinals

The UCLA Bruins made a valiant comeback effort after falling behind early, but ultimately fell 72-56 to the No. 14 Kansas Jayhawks in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center in Hawaii. It was the third loss in four games this season for UCLA, whose only win came against Division II Chaminade on Monday night.

Kansas led by 20 points with 15:18 remaining in the game, but the Bruins went on a 12-0 run over the next four minutes to pull within eight points. A trio of three-pointers, one by Tyler Lamb and two by Jerime Andersen trimmed the deficit to five points with eight minutes remaining, but UCLA was never able to get any closer.

The Jayhawks scored the final 11 points of the game.

Lamb led the Bruins with 15 points, making four of six three-point attempts. Reeves Nelson rejoined the living with 12 points and five rebounds for the Bruins. UCLA center Joshua Smith fouled out after just 19 minutes, limited to a single point and just one rebound.

The Bruins will battle the No. 15 Michigan Wolverines at 4:30 p.m. PST on Wednesday in the third-place game on ESPN2. Kansas will play for the Maui Invitational championship Wednesday against the No. 6 Duke Blue Devils.

For more UCLA basketball news and analysis, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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Maui Invitational Tournament 2011: Semifinals Game Times, TV, Info & More

The UCLA Bruins picked up their first win of the season on Monday night, a 92-60 drubbing of the Division II Chaminade Silverswords in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Maui Invitational college basketball tournament. Day two of the three-day tournament is Tuesday, and here are the relevant details of the tournament semifinals on ESPN:

  • Location: Lahaina Civic Center in Maui Hawaii
  • Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas, and Bill Raftery
  • Game 5 (losers bracket): Tennessee vs. No. 8 Memphis, 11 a.m. PST (ESPN2)
  • Game 6 (losers bracket): Georgetown vs. Chaminade, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • Game 7: No. 15 Michigan vs. No. 6 Duke, 4 p.m. PST (ESPN)
  • Game 8: UCLA vs. No. 14 Kansas, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)

The winner of Game 7 and Game 8 will face off in the tournament finals on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. PST on ESPN. For the full Maui Invitational bracket, click here.

For more UCLA basketball news and analysis, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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2011 Maui Invitational: Kansas Edges Georgetown, To Face UCLA Tuesday Night

The Kansas Jayhawks didn't have quite as easy a time with the Georgetown Hoyas, but they survived a highly competitive late night Maui Invitational quarterfinal. Kansas's defense held Georgetown to 32% shooting, but the Hoyas took twelve more shots thanks to sloppy Kansas ball-handling. The Jayhawks relied on Thomas Robinson, who nearly managed a double-double with 20 points and eight rebounds. Tyshawn Taylor provided amble support with 16 points, and Travis Releford put up 10 points by hitting all six of his shots (four field goals, two free throws).

Kansas will take on the UCLA Bruins tomorrow in what shapes up to be a competition of two of the most historic programs in college basketball. However, UCLA's struggles have happened against much lower-level competition while Kansas has gone up against powerhouses like Kentucky and Georgetown. If the Bruins really want to show they're ready to rise up to the competition, bringing the fight to Kansas early and often will be critical.

For more on Kansas basketball, head on over to Rock Chalk Talk. To talk up UCLA hoops, go to Bruins Nation.

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Maui Invitational 2011, UCLA Vs. Chaminade: Bruins Pull Away 92-60 For First Win Of Season

It took five halves of uninspired play this season, but the UCLA Bruins finally put together a solid half of basketball on Monday night, pulling away from the Chaminade Silverswords 92-60 in the quarterfinals of the Maui Invitational Tournament at Lahaina Civic Center in Hawaii. The Bruins led by just two over Division II Chaminade at halftime, but outscored the Silverswords 52-22 in the final 20 minutes.

Lazeric Jones lead UCLA with 19 points and seven assists, and also pulled down six rebounds. Center Joshua Smith scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 22 minutes of work, making five of his six field goal attempts. The Bruins shot 57.6% (19 for 33) in the second half, including making six of 11 shots from three-point range.

Junior guard Reeves Nelson was suspended for the first half of the game against Chaminade for missing the team bus and team flight to Hawaii. He played 11 minutes in the second half, scoring one point and pulling down five rebounds.

Chaminade made just six of 30 shots (20.0%) in the second half, including just one of 11 three-point attempts (9.1%). For the game, the Silverswords made just 17 of 57 field goal attempts (29.8%). UCLA outrebounded Chaminade 49-23.

UCLA plays the winner of Kansas vs. Georgetown in the tournament semifinals on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. PST on ESPN.

For more UCLA basketball news and analysis, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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2011 Maui Invitational Tournament Update: UCLA Bruins Lead Chaminade Silverswords 40-38 At Halftime

The UCLA Bruins and Chaminade Silverswords are locked in a close battle at halftime during the 2011 Maui Invitational Tournament. The Bruins, who have lost two straight games, enter halftime with a 40-38 lead and a chance to record their first win of the season.

The Bruins got 30 points from their starters in the game's opening half, led by guard Tyler Lamb (10 points). UCLA shot 45.2% as a team (14-of-31) and only 21.4% from three-point land (3-of-14).

The Silverswords, meanwhile, have been more than twice as successful from deep. Chaminade is shooting 42.9% from three-point range (3-of-7) and 40.7% on the game (11-of-27). Guard Waly Coulibaly leads the team with 8 points.

The Bruins have been more dominant in rebounds (22 to 13), assists (9 to 5) and blocks (5 to 0) but find themselves ahead by only two points at halftime. The winner of Monday's game will take on the winner of the Georgetown Hoyas-Kansas Jayhawks game, set to begin at 8:40 p.m. PST after UCLA-Chaminade.

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2011 Maui Invitational Tournament: UCLA Vs. Chaminade Preview

The UCLA Bruins are in search of their first win of the season as they battle the Chaminade Silverswords in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center in Hawaii. This is just the second meeting between these two schools, as UCLA beat Division II Chaminade 88-63 in the opening round of the 2006 Maui Invitational.

UCLA has lost both its games so far this season, both at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, 69-58 to the Loyola Marymount Lions and 86-66 to the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders. The Bruins have yet to outscore an opponent in any single half so far this season, but figure to have an easy time with Division II Chaminade.

The winner of Monday's contest will play the winner of the battle between the Georgetown Hoyas and Kansas Jayhawks in the tournament semifinals on Tuesday night.

Junior forward Reeves Nelson is back after his one game suspension for a poor attitude, but it is unknown whether or not he will play Monday night. "I acknowledge there are corrections that need to be made and I'm grateful to Coach Howland to have this opportunity to improve and work on being a positive for our team," Nelson said on Thursday. "I appreciate the support of my teammates and will be there for them as we move forward."

Sophomore forward David Wear, the Bruins' leading scorer with 21 total points in the opening two games, suffered a concussion in practice on Thursday, and is probable for Monday's game with Chaminade. Wear is listed as day-to-day.

Monday night's 6:30 p.m. PST contest will be televised by ESPNU, with Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas, and Bill Raftery on the broadcast. For more UCLA basketball news and analysis, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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2011 Maui Invitational Tournament: Game Times, TV Info & More

The 2011 Maui Invitational is one of many early season college basketball tournaments, and has one of the strongest fields of any of them. The Duke Blue Devils, Kansas Jayhawks, Michigan Wolverines, and Georgetown Hoyas highlight the bracket, which includes three days of games on the ESPN family of networks. Here are the relevant details of day one of the tournament.

  • Location: Lahaina Civic Center in Maui Hawaii
  • Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas, and Bill Raftery
  • Game 1: Michigan vs. Memphis, 12 p.m. PST (ESPN2)
  • Game 2: Tennessee vs. Duke, 2:30 p.m. PST (ESPN2)
  • Game 3: UCLA vs. Chaminade, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • Game 4: Georgetown vs. Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

The winner of UCLA vs. Chaminade will face the winner of Georgetown vs. Kansas on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. PST on ESPN. The loser of those two Monday games will square off at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN2. For the full Maui Invitational bracket, click here.

For more UCLA basketball news and analysis, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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Reeves Nelson Misses UCLA Basketball Bus And Flight To Maui Invitational

UCLA Bruins power forward Reeves Nelson is probably on a tight leash after he was suspended for one game. Head coach Ben Howland did reinstate the big man.

This latest incident won't help. Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reports on Nelson's tardiness for another critical Bruins basketball event.

The junior forward took a later flight and missed a players' banquet ahead of UCLA's opener against Chaminade on Monday in the Maui Invitational.

"He understands it doesn't look good," Bruins Coach Ben Howland said Sunday.

Howland disclosed for the first time that Nelson's indefinite suspension, which lasted all of two days, was triggered in part by Nelson's being late to a team meeting Nov. 12, the day after the Bruins lost to Loyola Marymount in their opener.

"To be late to that meeting after we just got beat was really, really inappropriate," Howland said.

It doesn't look too good on the surface. UCLA basketball looks particularly fractured after two games, and now it looks as if Nelson is being held to a different standard as the rest of the team. It could cause misgivings with the rest of the team and further disrupt team chemistry. Howland better be sure he knows what he's doing.

It'll be interesting to see if Nelson returns to action against Chaminade or plays a lot during the Maui Invitational. How he handles this new situation could determine exactly how far the team can improve. The Bruins need to sort their issues out quickly before the season goes off the rails.

To discuss Nelson and UCLA basketball, go to Bruins Nation.

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2011 Maui Invitational Preview: UCLA Needs Reeves Nelson, Joshua Smith To Get Back On Track

The UCLA Bruins have lost the first two games of their college basketball season to lesser opponents at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles. Now Reeves Nelson and the Bruins look to get into the win column roughly 3,000 miles away as they open the Maui Invitational against the Division II Chaminade Silverswords on Monday night.

Monday's 6:30 p.m. PST contest is merely a prelude to Tuesday, as the UCLA vs. Chaminade winner battles the Georgetown vs. Kansas winner in the semifinals of the three-day tournament. But the Bruins need to get back on track, no matter their opponent.

Nelson has been reinstated from suspension and is expected to play in Maui. He was suspended for poor conduct and missed Tuesday's 86-66 loss to Middle Tennessee State. Nelson led the Bruins in scoring and rebounding last season.

"I acknowledge there are corrections that need to be made and I'm grateful to Coach Howland to have this opportunity to improve and work on being a positive for our team," Nelson said on Thursday. "I appreciate the support of my teammates and will be there for them as we move forward."

Aside from Nelson, center Joshua Smith will be a key for the Bruins. He is averaging just 18.5 minutes per game in the first two contests of the year, neither started by Smith. The folks at Bruins Nation think Smith should be inserted into the starting lineup.

People forget how intimidating Josh is and he can dominate. He can scare people," wrote DCBruins on Sunday. "Josh has fouled out exactly once in his last 20 games.  I am not saying fouls don't sometimes limit Josh but the larger issue for Josh is conditioning.  Josh is in more danger of passing out than fouling out right now.  Let him start the game and set the tone.  He really does change the game when he is in."

For more UCLA basketball news and analysis, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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2011 Maui Invitational: Bruins Join Top Teams Under The Hawaiian Sun

The UCLA Bruins had themselves a serious let down game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in the opening round of the 2011 Maui Invitational this week, but now must turn their focus to the rest of the talented field in championship round ahead.

Before heading to Hawaii the regional round starts on Nov. 19 at Middle Tennessee State, with the four Mainland Teams playing in a two-day, four-game event. After that the Championship Round will take place in Maui beginning of Nov. 21 with Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, Tennessee, UCLA and host Chaminade competing for the Wayne Duke Championship Trophy.

The ESPN networks will have complete live  coverage of all 12 Championship Round games, with coverage on ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD and ESPNU HD, with the ESPN and ESPN2 games also streaming live on ESPN3.com. ESPN Radio will be on-site to broadcast the semifinals and championship game as well. 

Complete bracket can be found here

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