No. 3 UCLA seeks rhythm against lowly Oregon State

Third-ranked UCLA is still searching for its flow after enduring a 26-day stretch between games.Though their COVID-19 issues are behind them, the Bruins seek to rebound from a shaky performance when they face Oregon State on Saturday night in Pac-12 play at Los Angeles.UCLA (10-2, 2-1 Pac-12) won its first two games in its return to action before falling 84-81 in overtime to visiting Oregon on Thursday night.”Obviously, we have to learn from our mistakes this game and we’re not done,” Bruins guard Jules Bernard said afterward. “We played poorly.”The loss snapped UCLA’s five-game winning streak. It also induced a sharp critique from coach Mick Cronin.”We weren’t prepared. It’s my fault. It’s my job,” Cronin said. “We didn’t play defense, didn’t take care of the ball, didn’t share the ball. Even when we start sharing the ball, all of a sudden we start taking terrible shots.”What happens in this game is you’re either humble and hungry like (the Ducks) were trying to pull off the so-called upset or you’re arrogant without cause because we’ve won nothing. We’re arrogant without cause.”The Bruins almost earned a reprieve when they scored six points in less than 20 seconds in the final minute of regulation to force overtime, but Oregon hung on in the extra session.Just 119 family members of players and coaches were in Pauley Pavilion due to campus COVID-19 regulations.Oregon State (3-12, 1-4) might be willing to embrace the quiet environment as it stands 8-56 all-time when playing the Bruins in Los Angeles. Four of the victories came during the 1980s.The Beavers gave No. 5 Southern California a battle on Thursday before succumbing 81-71. Host USC scored the final 11 points to stave off the upset.