Howland’s season wrap-presser

UCLA coach Ben Howland said he watched the Villanova tape on the plane on the way back from Philadelphia.
“I think they have a chance to come out of their region,” Howland said. “If they
They’re a hard matchup because they play four guards and they spread the floor so you have to be out defending them.”
I asked Howland about wing Josh Shipp saying the senior leadership could have been better.
“He’s looking to place blame and responsibility on his own shoulders,” Howland said. “That’s commendable, in my mind.”

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  • mike04

    The seniors were very disappointing this year imo. There didn’t seem to be any fire the last month of play. It seemed as if they knew they weren’t going to win it, and they played like it. This is very uncharacteristic of the past teams who overachieved to get to the Final Four. Needless to say, Collison did nothing to improve his draft stock.

  • Mike H class of 90

    The seniors were all very good players on their own but it didn’t seem like the team came together well. Everyone seemed to wait for Jrue to become the “go-to” guy and it never happened – the onus fell on Collison, a guy who can’t carry a team but is great at setting up team members. I’d love to see him drafted by a team like Phoenix as an apprentice under Nash…

  • PowderKegBlue

    I have mixed feelings about this year’s senior class. On one hand, it was great to see Alfred Aboya improve his overall game, from his offensive skills to cutting down on silly fouls. Let’s not forget that last year he was almost a foul-a-minute type player. His progress has been a treat to watch. We finally started to see the potential of Josh Shipp at the end of the season and what could have been if it wasn’t for the multiple hip surgeries. The problem is that he couldn’t create his own shot and wasn’t a tough defender like Afflalo or Westbrook.

    DC, however much I am proud to have him a part of the Bruin Family, was disappointing to me. So many things about him, on the surface, seem spectacular: High 3-pt percentage. Fast. Can create his own shot, either a jumper or taking it to the basket. But I didn’t see much, if any improvement in his game since last year. And he continued to have that awful habit of not showing up in the big game and letting physical players get in his head. He also tended to have odd mental lapses during games that would lead to TOs 30 feet from the basket.

    That said, I will miss these seniors. They brought a lot to the program and always conducted themselves with class. Three consecutive Final Fours is impressive no matter what school you play for.

  • BruinLuv

    I, also, will miss these Senior guys and wish them luck at the next level. However, disappointment is another feeling I have about them. Leadership was definitely lacking. I think Dohn mentioned that no one seemed to have that “take it personal” kind of attitude that Afflalo and Farmar had. I’m hoping one of the returning Freshmen will have that attitude and translate it into leadership…maybe Gordon or Lee.

  • http://insidesocal.com/ucla/2009/03/howlands-season-wrap-presser.html#comments bro

    Holiday never broke out and did what Tyreke, DeMar, and the other top 10 freshman did.

  • Blue Bruin

    PowderKegBlue took the words right out of my mouth, “But I didn’t see much, if any improvement in his game since last year. And he continued to have that awful habit of not showing up in the big game and letting physical players get in his head. He also tended to have odd mental lapses during games that would lead to TOs 30 feet from the basket.”