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February 21, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
And in the 27th game, they played zone. The 2-3 zone defense that UCLA unveiled against California on Sunday was startling, even for several Bruins. UCLA had played strictly man-to-man defense for the season's first three months, so players had no idea a change was in store until Coach Ben Howland told them to switch defenses early in the second half of an eventual 76-72 overtime loss. "It caught me by surprise, to tell you the truth," freshman center Joshua Smith said after the game.
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December 21, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
There is life after basketball, and Ben Howland has found it. There were the two weeks of fly-fishing in Montana and Wyoming this summer, with some spectacular success, unless you were a rainbow, cutthroat, brook or brown. "Oh, man," Howland says. "I never had time for that before. I'll send you some pictures. " And he does. There has been the kind of family time that a UCLA basketball coach just doesn't get. This year's Christmas card shows family among the swaying palm trees of Maui, with grandson Little Ben stealing the photo.
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November 13, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
What pleased UCLA Coach Ben Howland more than his team's scoring basket after basket during a game-opening 15-0 run Friday was its ability to make stop after stop. The Bruins effectively utilized double teams, stepped into passing lanes for steals and generally made putting the ball in the basket almost impossible for Cal State Northridge over the first 4 minutes 46 seconds of an 83-50 victory at Pauley Pavilion. Perhaps the most flustered Matador was forward Lenny Daniel , who finally broke the scoreless drought with a free throw but missed all four of his shots in the game and finished with only one point.
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December 19, 2013
Steve Alford opened his first news conference as UCLA basketball coach by saying taking the job was easy. "It goes back to four letters, U-C-L-A," Alford said. "I think if it is anywhere else, this is not a decision that would have been made. " Yet, what those four letters mean is open for interpretation as the NCAA championship banners in the Pauley Pavilion rafters continue to fade with age. UCLA was once prime real estate in the college basketball world. The Bruins have 11 national titles, 10 won by Coach John Wooden between 1964 and 1975.
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February 11, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
And now, deep thoughts, by Ben Howland . The UCLA coach didn't contemplate much Friday when asked whether his team was ahead of schedule compared to where he thought it would be at this point in Pacific 10 Conference play. "We are where we are," Howland said. "We'd like to be 11-0 right now. " The Bruins' 8-3 conference record is good for second place in the Pac-10, a game behind Arizona and one-half game ahead of third-place Washington. It seems reasonable to suggest that UCLA is slightly exceeding expectations considering it was picked to finish third in the Pac-10, behind the Huskies and Wildcats.
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March 3, 2011
UCLA Tonight at Washington When: 6 p.m. Where: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle. On the air: TV: ESPN2. Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 21-8 overall, 12-4 Pacific 10 Conference; Washington 19-9, 10-6. Update: The Bruins typically play better on Thursdays under Coach Ben Howland, going 43-4 in the first game of a Pac-10 weekend series over the last six years. In the second game, they are 28-19. Howland said transition defense would be a key to victory, particularly after Washington repeatedly burned UCLA for easy baskets during a 74-63 victory on Dec. 31 at Pauley Pavilion.
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November 8, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
It was a good thing the uniforms read "Westmont" across the front instead of, say, "Western Michigan. " Even a mid-major Division I team might have fully exposed the defensive breakdowns that UCLA suffered Thursday during an exhibition game against the NAIA Warriors. As it was, the Bruins' shortcomings were mostly obscured by a snappy offense that generated plenty of crowd-pleasing dunks and layups in a 95-59 victory. That's not to say the shoddy defense escaped the attention of Ben Howland , though.
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November 23, 2009 | By David Wharton
Nikola Dragovic could be on the UCLA bench tonight, but he won't be in uniform. Not only does the senior forward remain suspended for the matchup against Pepperdine, it remains unclear whether he will return for any of the four games the Bruins play over a tough seven-day stretch. Dragovic was arrested Friday and faces a felony assault charge stemming from an altercation at a Hollywood concert last month. Coach Ben Howland said Dragovic's suspension is day to day, adding: "We have to get more information that's going to be given to the appropriate people here on campus."
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January 27, 2010 | By Chris Foster
UCLA freshman forward Tyler Honeycutt was one free throw from being done in practice Monday. "I had made 79 of 99 free throws," Honeycutt said. "I just needed one more and I missed it. So I had to start all over again." Call it 15 feet to frustration. If there is a glaring weakness for the UCLA basketball team, it comes when players stand alone, unguarded. The Bruins shoot like Bob Dylan sings these days . . . poorly. UCLA has made a woeful 61% of its free throws this season, ranking them last in the Pacific 10 Conference and 323rd out of 334 Division I teams.
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December 2, 2009 | By David Wharton
Make a list of everything that has gone wrong for UCLA just four weeks into the basketball season. Injuries and upset losses. A team leader -- senior Nikola Dragovic -- charged with felony assault. Now comes another jolt with the abrupt departure of starting center Drew Gordon, who left the team Tuesday by mutual agreement after butting heads with Coach Ben Howland. It all adds up to a Bruins program that, at least from the outside, looks to be sinking fast. "We've had a lot of adversity this season already," point guard Jerime Anderson said.
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October 7, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Tony Parker didn't take the midnight train to Georgia. The UCLA basketball player who seemed the most likely to bid adieu to Westwood remained in town. Now he is looking to make last season an anomaly.  “I feel like last year was perfect for me," said Parker, a 6-foot-9 sophomore from Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove High. “I feel like I needed a reality thing.” Realities don't come any starker. Parker was part of a recruiting class that was ranked first or second nationally, depending on which recruiting service was doing the ranking.
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May 4, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Area basketball coaches are seeing a lot of off-court action these days. Now that the Lakers are out of the playoffs, head coach Mike D'Antoni can turn his attention to moving into the house he and his wife, Laurel, just bought in Manhattan Beach for $6.9 million and working on his tan. Set on a walk street, the ocean-view home features a three-stop cherry-paneled elevator, which should come in handy for carting beverages from the...
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April 29, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Former UCLA basketball Coach Ben Howland has listed his home in a gated Bel-Air neighborhood for $1,899,950. Built in 1999, the stone-clad home features an elevator, a home theater, five bedrooms, four bathrooms and close to 4,700 square feet of living space. The nearly half-acre lot includes a swimming pool with spa, a covered patio and a barbecue center. During Howland's 10 years at UCLA, he won four conference titles and coached the team to three Final Fours. Jordan Cohen of Re/Max Olson & Associates is the listing agent.
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March 29, 2013
It's not Ben Howland's fault. Put the blame on UCLA and the NBA. The UCLA basketball program is nothing more than a puppy mill for the NBA. If Alcindor, Goodrich, Walton, Hazzard and Wilkes had left the Bruins after their first or second year during the Wooden era, there would have been very few championships, if any. How many starting seniors were on the current team? Every year UCLA goes out of its way to recruit freshmen for what I call their JV (Just Visiting) team, knowing well that they will leap to the NBA the next year.
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March 25, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Ben Howland, who led UCLA to three Final Fours, was fired Sunday, the school announced, ending the longest tenure for a Bruins coach since John Wooden retired in 1975. Howland spent 10 seasons in Westwood, finishing with a 233-107 record. He is coming off one of his best coaching performances, with the Bruins winning the Pac-12 Conference regular-season championship. Yet his star had fallen considerably since he took UCLA to consecutive Final Fours in 2006, '07 and '08. He was informed Sunday that he was fired.
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March 22, 2013 | By Chris Foster
AUSTIN, Texas - This sure looked like adieu. UCLA guard Larry Drew II left the game with a 83-63 loss to Minnesota decided. Coach Ben Howland greeted him near the official scorer's table and the two hugged for several seconds. It was goodbye for Drew, a senior who played his last game. But it may be only one of the so-long, thanks-for-playing moments. UCLA's season, which started with such high expectations, ended not with a bang, but with a whimper Friday night in the NCAA tournament.
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October 25, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Lazeric Jones took an outlet pass and raced up the floor, accompanied by Ben Howland's voice. "Push, push, push!" the UCLA basketball coach bellowed. Howland repeated the refrain after almost every possession Monday evening at Pauley Pavilion, regardless of whether a shot went in the basket or clanged off the rim. The display came in front of a handful of boosters and reporters allowed to watch the Bruins' only open practice of the season, but Howland insisted it wasn't just for show; the coach said he intended to speed up his team's transition attack this season.
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March 22, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
AUSTIN, Texas -- It wasn't so much a goodbye wave as a slap in the face. After 10 years of professionally serving a university he loved, Ben Howland was ushered out with two hours of everything he hated. Selfish shots. Lazy defense. Blank stares. In what was probably Howland's final game as a UCLA basketball coach after a decade of giving the program class and dignity and three Final Four appearances, his players gave him nothing. IN-DEPTH: Shabazz Muhammad's father planned to mint NBA millionaire In what was probably his last stand, he was crushed.
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March 21, 2013 | By Chris Foster
AUSTIN, Texas - UCLA is in the NCAA tournament, which used to be a rite of spring around Westwood. The Bruins should advance in the NCAA tournament … and advance … and advance. This is a requirement UCLA fans insist on. No one in the locker room should be happy just to be there. John Wooden retired 38 years ago, but the mandate remains. The No. 24-ranked Bruins tote that onto the court against Minnesota Friday night in their NCAA tournament opener at the Erwin Center. To please their fan base and silence critics, this can't be a one-and-done experience.
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