UCLA's Alford: No bad blood with Arizona's Miller

Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times on

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Strategy session

To foul or not to foul with a three-point lead in the final seconds?

That has twice been the question confronting Alford, who has opted to force opponents to take a three-point shot to tie the score rather than foul and turn the rest of the game into a battle of free throws.

UCLA has had mixed success employing Alford's strategy. The Bruins declined to foul while holding a three-point lead in the final seconds of regulation against Stanford, only to watch guard Dorian Pickens make a three-point basket that forced overtime and led to a UCLA loss in double overtime.

The results were more pleasing for the Bruins on Saturday when their three-point lead with 11 seconds left withstood three-pointers by USC's Jordan McLaughlin and Jordan Usher that were off the mark.

"Eleven seconds (left), I'd never foul," Alford said Tuesday. "Too many things can happen in 11 seconds; you foul with 11 seconds on the clock, then you gotta get the ball inbounds. You're gonna get fouled, you have to make more free throws and now you're doing it again.

"If it's inside five seconds then you think about (fouling), but 11 seconds, I would never think about it. We gotta guard."

That's the point

The Bruins can breathe a little easier about their point guard situation for next season. Should junior Aaron Holiday and freshman Jaylen Hands declare for the NBA draft, they will apparently still have someone capable of distributing the ball.


His name is Tyger Campbell and he announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he would attend UCLA.

The 6-foot, 165-pound recruit reclassified this season to become a senior at La Lumiere High in La Porte, Ind., and is listed as the 13th-best point guard in the nation according to

Campbell initially committed to DePaul, which had hired his high school coach as an assistant under Dave Leitao.

He also considered Purdue and Maryland.

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