We are getting well into Spring now - and with that, plenty of Bruin postseason play, as well as some Football and Basketball news to lead us into the weekend.
- Jack Wang reported that Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks were named to the Lott Trophy watch list on Thursday. The award is intended to reward a collegiate defensive player each season for a combination of on-field performance and personal character.
- The NBA's Draft Combine started yesterday. Shabazz Muhammad is there working out, but not seeing a boost to his weakening draft prospect. He is still going to be a high draft pick, but is looking at a fall out of the top-10. Some NBA execs think there is a chance he falls out of the lottery entirely.
- The UCLA Softball team is getting ready for the postseason. The Bruins missed out on hosting a regional this year, but will begin NCAA Tournament play this afternoon in Louisville against Alabama-Birmingham. First pitch is at 2pm Pacific time. Gametracker will be available, as well as live updates through the team's twitter account.
- Meanwhile, the #3-ranked Men's Golf team started their postseason journey yesterday in Tempe on a very strong note. Pontus Wintergreen shot a 6-under 64, Anton Arboleda made a Double Eagle, and the team combined for a team score of 268 (12-under par) to take a 10-shot day-1 lead over 2nd place Duke. The Bruins have 2 more days in Tempe, and need to finish in the top-5 to advance to the NCAA Championships in Georgia. Live team and individual leaderboards are available via Golfstat.
- Our top-seeded Men's Tennis team continued their run last night, advancing to the Elite-8 after shutting out #16 Vanderbilt. The Bruins will play #9-ranked Duke on Saturday afternoon in a national quarterfinal match at the University of Illinois's tennis facility.
- The Women's tennis team has their own Sweet-16 match coming up tonight against Michigan, 5pm Pacific time at Illinois. Live stats and webcam feeds of each court are available on the tournament website.
- Flipping over from student-athlete to just student achievement, congrats to UCLA's undergraduate mathematics team for finishing 3rd overall in the Putnam competition. It is a day-long mathematics exam for the top math undergraduate students in American and Canadian universities; This year's finish behind just Harvard and MIT is UCLA's best result since another 3rd place finish in 1968.
Alright folks, those are your various bits and pieces of news from around the wider UCLA-iverse. Fire away in the comment thread with your thoughts, additions, and various musings on all things UCLA.