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Holiday was 'looking to be aggressive' on game-winner (0:35)
Holiday makes game-winning layup (0:36)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LaVar Ball reiterated there's no reason for him to thank President Trump in the case of his son, LiAngelo, and two other UCLA freshmen returning to the U.S. after being held in China for shoplifting. "You heard what he tweeted," Ball said of Trump during an interview on CNN. "He tweeted because he is mad at me [that] I should have left their asses in jail. First of all, they weren't in jail, they were in a hotel. How did they get into a hotel? Somebody had to do something. Did he do it? If he paid for the money to put up whatever we needed to do then I would say thank you. Did he do that?... He said he helped. How did he help? If he helped, I would say thank you... Do I think the president helped? I don't know. I don't care and I don't know." Ball did thank Chinese President Xi Jinping.

LaVar talks about the severity of shoplifting (0:44)
Creighton tops UCLA 100-89 (0:49)
Krampelj slams home alley-oop (0:20)
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Trump to LaVar: 'Should have left them in jail!'

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that he should have left the three detained UCLA men's basketball players "in jail" in China after LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, downplayed Trump's involvement in their release.

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LaVar on Trump's role in UCLA incident: 'Who?'

LaVar Ball downplayed President Donald Trump's role in getting son LiAngelo and two other UCLA freshmen out of legal trouble following the players' arrests in China, telling ESPN, "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."

UCLA dominates South Carolina State (0:57)

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

It was a much better second half for UCLA, which easily separated from South Carolina State to win 96-68. Freshman Chris Smith (15 points) was impressive, while G.G. Solomon was plus-33 in 27 minutes.

UCLA's Hands throws down monster jam (0:20)

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Two days after needing overtime against lowly Central Arkansas, No. 23 UCLA didn't come out much better against winless South Carolina State. The Bruins led by as many as 13 in the first half, but that lead dipped two just two late in the half before they headed to the locker room up 41-35. Freshman Chris Hill provided a nice spark off the bench with 7 first-half points.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

South Carolina State lost at Wisconsin by 35, at Boston College by 39 and at Yale by 32. But the Bulldogs are down just six at half at UCLA.

Stephen A. says UCLA players deserve season suspension (2:17)
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Trump to freed UCLA players: 'You're welcome'

President Trump said "you're welcome" after UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley thanked him for helping secure their release from China.

UCLA avoids upset, beats Central Arkansas in OT (1:11)

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA C Thomas Welsh on not having the three suspended players tonight and having a second game in which they rotated just eight players: "It's just one of the things you have to work through. The guys we have on the court right now are the guys we have on the court right now. It's just about doing everything you can as a team to get wins and that's we did there tonight so we just learn from that and get ready for the next one."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA G Aaron Holiday on if the player suspensions had an impact -- mentally or physically -- on the Bruins in tonight's 106-101 overtime win over Central Arkansas: "Well, we started off with this against Georgia Tech, so it's pretty much the same. ... At the end of the day, we're all brothers so we're gonna have each other's back no matter what happens. Obviously, it brought us together. We lost three players. We needed to grow as a team, and that's what we did."

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA coach Steve Alford on ESPN's report that there is an ongoing internal debate amongst UCLA officials about the proper discipline for LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill after they admitted to shoplifting from three stores while on a team trip to China: "I don't know of any internal debate going on. The indefinite suspension is what it is -- it's indefinite right now until the school goes through what they have to go through. They do that with every student and when that happens then we'll sit down and we'll make the best judgement call we can about the length of that suspension."


No. 23 UCLA escapes with 106-101 win over Central Arkansas

Kris Wilkes scored 20 points, including five straight in overtime, and No. 23 UCLA rallied past stubborn Central Arkansas 106-101 on Wednesday, hours after three of the Bruins' freshmen confessed to shoplifting in China and were indefinitely suspended.

Team Stats

Points Per Game85.261st
Rebounds Per Game40.4Tied-74th
Assists Per Game16.0Tied-90th
Points Allowed79.8288th

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Tournament History

Final Fours18
Tournament Record103-40
Championship Seasons1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1995
Tournament Appearances47