UCLA coach Mick Cronin explained the rigorous challenges his team is facing this unprecedented college basketball season.,“The only time (the team) is together is on the bus, that’s when they’re enjoying being a college basketball player,” Cronin said Tuesday.,Center Jalen Hill, who’s been away from the team for weeks, will not be with UCLA (14-5, 10-3) against Arizona, as well as versus Arizona State on Saturday.,More challenges for players include: no off-court team activity, no in-person meetings with academic counselors or tutors, no social life on campus, and no hanging out with Cronin, either.,Following Thursday’s matchup with Arizona, UCLA will have just four games left before the Pac-12 tournament begins March 10.
Mural artists Brian Peterson, left, and Damin Lujan of Santa Ana created a 35-by-40-foot mural depicting Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers on a building overlooking the parking lot of Philippe the Original sandwich shop in Los Angeles.,(Photo courtesy of Brian Peterson and Damin Lujan)
David Ahn stands beneath the mural of Kobe Bryant and Mookie Betts he commissioned to be painted on the side of his building at 686 N. Spring St. in Los Angeles, CA.,(Photo by Andy Holzman)
Note:Schedules are subject to change because of weather and other factors.Email Daily Southtown results [email protected], Beacon-News, Courier-News and Naperville Sun results [email protected], News-Sun results EVENTSHIGH SCHOOLSBOYS BASKETBALLAurora Christian at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.;Bartlett at Streamwood, 7:30 p.m.;Beecher at Illinois Lutheran, 7 p.m.;Benet at Carmel, 7 p.m.;Bradley-Bourbonnais at Andrew, 6:45 p.m.;Cary-Grove at Hampshire, 7 p.m.;Chicago Christian at St. Edward, 7:30 p.m.;Christian Liberty at Harvest Christian, 6 p.m.;Deerfield at Glenbrook North, 7:30 p.m.;DeKalb at Waubonsie Valley, 7 p.m.;Elgin at Glenbard East, 7:30 p.m.;Evergreen Park at Tinley Park, 5 p.m.;Grant at Wauconda, 7 p.m.;Grayslake North at Antioch, 6:15 p.m.;Highland Park at Glenbrook South, 7:30 p.m.;Homewood-Flossmoor at Sandburg, 6:15 p.m.;Huntley at Crystal Lake South, 7 p.m.;Jacobs at Burlington Central, 7 p.m.;Lincoln-Way Central at Lincoln-Way East, 6:30 p.m.;Lockport at Bolingbrook, 6:30 p.m.;Marian Catholic at Nazareth, 7 p.m.;Marist at Joliet Catholic, 7 p.m.;McHenry at Dundee-Crown, 7 p.m.;Minooka at Yorkville, 7 p.m.;Naperville Central at Naperville North, 7 p.m.;North Chicago at Lakes, 6:45 p.m.;Oswego at Oswego East, 7 p.m.;Rich Township at Crete-Monee, 4:30 p.m.;Round Lake at Grayslake Central, 7:15 p.m.; Stagg at Lincoln-Way West, 6:30 p.m.;Thornton at Bloom, 5 p.m.;Timothy Christian at Aurora Central, 7:30 p.m.;Vernon Hills at Niles West, 7:30 p.m.;West Aurora at Plainfield North, 7 p.m.GIRLS BASKETBALLAntioch at Grayslake North, 6 p.m.;Burlington Central at Jacobs, 7 p.m.;Chicago Christian at Walther Christian, 5 p.m.;Christian Liberty at Harvest Christian, 7:30 p.m.;Crete-Monee at Thornton, 5 p.m.;Deerfield at Glenbrook North, 5:30 p.m.;Dundee-Crown at McHenry, 7 p.m.;Geneva at St. Charles North, 7 p.m.;Glenbard East at Elgin, 7:30 p.m.;Glenbard North at Batavia, 7 p.m.;Grayslake Central at Round Lake, 5 p.m.;Hampshire at Cary-Grove 7 p.m.;Hiawatha at Indian Creek, 5:30 p.m.;Hinckley-Big Rock at DePue, 5:30 p.m.;Huntley at Crystal Lake South, 7 p.m.;Lake Forest at Waukegan, 7:30 p.m.;Lake Zurich at Zion-Benton, 5 p.m.;Lakes at North Chicago, 6:45 p.m.;Larkin at Fenton, 7:30 p.m.;Libertyville at Mundelein, 8 p.m.;Marian Catholic at Mother McAuley, 7 p.m.;Naperville North at Naperville Central, 7 p.m.;Oswego East at Oswego, 7 p.m.;Plainfield North at West Aurora, 7 p.m.;Rochelle Zell at Hope Academy, 5:30 p.m.;Richards at Oak Forest, 5:30 p.m.; St. Ignatius at Marist, 7 p.m.;Serena at Somonauk, 7 p.m.;Stevenson at Warren, 7:30 p.m.;Streamwood at Bartlett, 7:30 p.m.;Tinley Park at Evergreen Park, 6:30 p.m.;Vernon Hills at Niles West, 5:30 p.m.;Waubonsie Valley at DeKalb, 7 p.m.;Wauconda at Grant, 7:15 p.m.;Yorkville at Minooka, 7 p.m.LOCAL COLLEGESFOOTBALLMSFA MIDWESTRoosevelt vs. St. Francis at Joliet Memorial Stadium, 2 p.m.SUNDAY’S RESULTSHIGH SCHOOLSBOYS BASKETBALLBatavia 46, Lake Park 42Loyola 46, Marian Catholic 41 (2 OTs)Marian Catholic (2-1): Jeremiah Jones, Tommy Klupchak 14 points each.Mundelein 51, Notre Dame 42Mundelein (4-0): Conor Enright 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists.,Charles North (2-1, 1-1 DuKane): Erin Stack 14 points.SATURDAY’S RESULTSHIGH SCHOOLSBADMINTONVernon Hills 18, Maine East 0BOYS BASKETBALLBartlett 66, IC Catholic 52Benet 68, Streamwood 58Burlington Central 79, Woodstock 40Burlington Central (3-0): Zac Schmidt 18 points.,Charles North (3-0, 2-0 DuKane): Ethan Marlowe 17 points.Sandwich 46, Elgin 44South Elgin 50, Naperville Central 45Vernon Hills 52, Maine West 47Vernon Hills (2-3, 2-0 Central Suburban North): Josiah McDonald 19 points.Warren 56, Lake Zurich 42Warren (1-1, 1-1 North Suburban): Drew Dolan 20 points.,Trent Tousana 11 points.LITTLE TEN TOURNAMENTIndian Creek 83, Somonauk 73, championshipNewark 40, Serena 30, third placeGIRLS BASKETBALLAurora Christian 55, St. Edward 25Aurora Christian (4-0): Thaya Luse 18 points.Benet 51, Providence 34Benet (3-0): Lenee Beaumont 19 points, 5 assists.Chicago Christian 54, Westmont 25Deerfield 53, Maine East 40DeKalb 57, Indian Creek 48Indian Creek (2-1): Brooke Heiman 35 points.De La Salle 42, Regina 38Geneva 63, Glenbard North 30Lemont 71, Eisenhower 12Lemont: Kaya Stropus 20 points.,Azyah Newson-Cole 10 points.Sandburg: (2-2): Josie Canellis 13 points.Maine West 52, Vernon Hills 28Vernon Hills (1-3,1-2 Central Suburban North): Lydia Lueck 10 points.Oak Lawn 53, Andrew 30Oak Lawn (3-0): Carolyn Soukouna 18 points, 12 rebounds.
Being No. 1 in the Associated Press poll is old hat for the UConn women’s basketball team.,UConn moved to the top spot in the AP poll released Monday following a 3-0 week that included an overtime victory over last week’s No. 1 South Carolina.,Juniors Christyn Williams and Olivia Nelson-Ododa have been part of two top-ranked teams with the Huskies, while sophomores Aubrey Griffin and Anna Makurat were also part of last year’s UConn club that spent three weeks at No. 1 a year ago before losing to Baylor at the XL Center in Hartford on Jan. 8, 2020.,They have been the top-ranked team at some point nine consecutive years and 22 of the last 27 seasons.,The Huskies improved to 22-3 in games featuring the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the AP poll with their win over South Carolina and followed up with victories over Seton Hall and Georgetown.
Leonard was sidelined with a left lower leg contusion; Paul George missed his fifth consecutive game with what’s being classified as bone edema in a right toe.,Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said he didn’t know when Leonard’s injury occurred of what his prognosis was — or what George’s is either, for that matter.,“I’m not sure, but it happened on this road trip,” Lue said of Leonard’s contusion, noting that he just learned he’d miss the game Sunday.,And in the past four games with out George, Leonard has increased his offensive output, averaging 29.3 points, shooting 51.2% from the field.,The Clippers are 1-1 so far when they’ve had to play without both Leonard and George — who currently rank third and fifth among Western Conference vote-getters in fan voting for the All-Star Game.
It was USC’s strongest suit in 2019-20, when the Trojans were ninth nationally in opponent field-goal percentage.,In 2020-21, USC is sixth nationally in opponent field-goal percentage while shaving 2.8 points per game off their opponent scoring average and ranking seventh in the country in blocked shots.,USC can one night shoot a respectable 34.6% from 3-point range on 26 attempts – see last weekend’s win over UCLA – and the next game not make a 3-pointer until late in the second half.,Despite the inconsistency, USC is fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring and in a virtual tie with Stanford and Colorado for the highest field-goal percentage in the conference.,From game to game, USC knows the scoring is going to come from at least freshman center Evan Mobley and graduate transfer guard Tahj Eaddy, the two Trojans averaging double-digit points.
Lancaster Fisher Catholic dumped a victory shower on Lancaster Fairfield Christian 47-29 in an Ohio boys basketball matchup.,Last season, Lancaster Fisher Catholic and Lancaster Fairfield Christian faced off on January 17, 2020 at Lancaster Fisher Catholic High School.,Recently on February 5 , Lancaster Fairfield Christian squared up on Grove City Christian in a basketball game .,It's required reading for high school sports fans.,This news brief was powered by ScoreStream and Lede AI, the world leaders in fan-driven sports results and automated high school sports coverage.
BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU women's basketball team travels to face No. 1 South Carolina on Sunday, February 14 at 11 a.m. CT in Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina.,Aifuwa continues to lead LSU with 8.8 rebounds per game and 24 blocked shots this season, and is the second-leading scorer on the team with 11.9 points per game.,Sophomore , a strong candidate for SEC Sixth Player of the Year honors, is providing a key spark off the bench averaging 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and is second in shooting at 44.2 percent from the field.,For the 2020-21 season, seating for LSU women's basketball games will be general admission in the PMAC.,To order tickets for any of LSU's last two women's basketball home games, go to LSUtix.net.
The Capistrano Valley Christian and Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana high school football teams played a game Saturday, Jan. 16, that might have violated CIF and Southern Section rules as well as state health orders that are in place because of the pandemic.,This appears to be the first reported case in the state this school year of two high school teams playing a game in school uniforms and using school equipment despite guidance from state and high school sports officials against such competitions.,The head coaches for Capistrano Valley Christian and Calvary Chapel, which are both private schools and not part of a school district, confirmed Sunday that their teams played a game Saturday at Calvary Chapel that included full uniforms and spectators but with adjusted rules.,The CDPH has placed high school and youth sports into four tiers that are based on a sport’s level of contact and a county’s COVID-19 infection rate.,On Friday, Jan. 14, hundreds of parents and student-athletes attended Let Them Play rallies in Orange County in an attempt to urge state officials to allow for high school and youth sports to resume as soon as possible.