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UCLA MEN'S PREVIEW / 2003-04

At A Glance

November 28, 2003|Steve Henson

Last season: 10-19, 6-12 and sixth in the Pacific 10.

Postseason: Advanced to the second round of the Pac-10 tournament. Missed the NCAA tournament, ending a streak of 14 consecutive appearances.

Coach: Ben Howland, first year, 168-99 in nine seasons, five at Northern Arizona and four at Pittsburgh.

Who's gone: Coach Steve Lavin (145-78 record); forward Jason Kapono, the third-leading scorer in Bruin history (16.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg); guard Ray Young (10.1 ppg); forward Andre Patterson (5.5 rpg, 60.8% shooting); forward Marcedes Lewis (1.3 ppg).

Who's new: Howland; forward Trevor Ariza, a freshman from Westchester High; guard Brian Morrison, a transfer who sat out last season.

Projected starters: Forward Dijon Thompson (14.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg); forward Ariza; Center Michael Fey (2.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg) or Ryan Hollins (4.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg); guard Cedric Bozeman (7.3 ppg, 3.3 apg); guard Morrison.

Keys to season: The Bruins must learn Howland's system quickly and develop a semblance of the toughness and unselfishness displayed by his Pittsburgh teams. A consistent scorer besides Thompson must emerge. The Bruins must appreciate the importance of playing consistent defense.

Outlook: Improving on last season's record is the first task. Becoming better than a .500 team is next. Making the NCAA tournament? That might be a year away.

-- Steve Henson

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