Answers, Part XII

Here is the 12th set:

What is the hold up in offering (QB) 2010 prospect Peter Thomas ?
From what I hear, UCLA doesn’t want to offer a quarterback until they see him throw and workout. Look for something, as far as offers go, in the next two months.

What did you think about those intentional, hard Nova fouls? Is all fair in love and war or should UCLA have returned the favor?
If UCLA had a problem with it, it should have showed it can play tough as well. Instead, they fed the notion Pac-10 teams play soft compared to the Big East.

Prediction please: Will Sydney ever play basketball for USC?
Nope.

Pooh Richardson on KLAC radio after the Villanova game called Ben Howland’s offense “pre-historic”. Do you agree?
Not really. It is what it is. He is a defense-first controlling coach, and if the offense is so bad, why did UCLA lead the nation in shooting percentage heading into the tournament, not to mention score the most points in Howland’s tenure at UCLA.

If Holiday declares for the draft, will UCLA recruit another guard for this incoming class? Do they have someone in mind ie Westbrook signing late after Farmar declared?
They are looking at a guard (Donte Medder) from Arizona, but it remains to be seen if UCLA can land him. He may decide before UCLA knows if Holiday is leaving.
Your thoughts on a few potential candidates for Pac 10 POY for hoops next year?
Too early to tell with who is leaving and coming back. I would Holiday as one potential guy, but what if Harden comes back?

How does the officiating style in the PAC 10 effect the schools come tournament time?
Is there a perception among the various schools and coaches that our officiating is not as good as other conferences?
It’s hard to tell, but I did notice a lot of inconsistencies in the NCAA games UCLA played. Against VCU, a lot of touch fouls were called. That was not the case with the Villanova game.

In two years, Florida went from National Champs to not in the tournament. With three Senior starters leaving, really weak nonconference schedule (I realize next year’s schedule isn’t finalized yet but that’s Howland’s history), etc. should we be concerned that could happen to us next year?
I wouldn’t be concerned at that. I think UCLA has enough talent in a bad league to finish in the top 3 or 4, and that should be enough to get to the NCAAs. Plus, I think UCLA will always get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to an at-large bid. It’s good for business to have UCLA in the tournament.

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  • Anonymous

    I think there’s a difference b/t asking someone’s opinion, which Dohn will give, and asking to validate a rumor or gossip.
    Just chill out!

  • UCLA78

    Hey Mr. Full of It:

    You’re full of it. (Hahaha, I just had to say that. But you ARE wrong.) Here’s why:

    1. UCLA had recruited said player. After UCLA pulled out, said player announced he will sign with another team that Brian doesn’t cover. Brian is well aware of the local recruiting scene, and knows VERY well (even if he can’t tell us) why UCLA stopped recruiting said player. For those reasons that he is unable to share publicly, he is well able to make a PREDICTION as to whether that player will ever play for that other team. (BTW, I’m sure the prediction would have been the same no matter who the other team was. IOW, it’s not that it was $UC; it was Brian predicting that that player will not play D1 college basketball. He has said in the past that there might be NCAA issues with that player’s eligibility. That’s NOT dealing with “rumor.” It’s dealing with facts, not all of which he can disclose publicly

    2. You wrote:
    >>Just because a coach loves to have his team play tough defense doesn’t mean it can’t be effective on offense as well! Look at Washington, the Pac-10 champions! And you don’t think North Carolina and Villanova and Duke play tough defense, yet are more efficient on offense than Howland’s prehistoric approach?< <

    More efficient? That's funny. Perhaps you should be a little more careful with your research before spouting off. As of the games played yesterday, Thursday 3/26, UCLA had the #3 most efficient offense out of the 344 schools in Div. 1 Men’s Basketball. Yes, NUMBER 3. Who were numbers 1 and 2? Pittsburgh, running pretty much BEN HOWLAND’S OFFENSE, is #1. North Carolina is #2. The Villanova Wildcats you spout off about came in at #20, and the Dook team you spout off about is #11.

    If you don’t believe me, click THIS LINK and read it for yourself.

    As I said, YOU are the one who’s Full of It.

  • UCLA78

    Wow, the DN site sure screwed up the html. It used to work just fine, but now it didn’t make things italic and didn’t make a link a link. Sheesh.

    Here is my #2 again, hopefully more readable:

    2. You wrote:
    “Just because a coach loves to have his team play tough defense doesn’t mean it can’t be effective on offense as well! Look at Washington, the Pac-10 champions! And you don’t think North Carolina and Villanova and Duke play tough defense, yet are more efficient on offense than Howland’s prehistoric approach?”

    More efficient? That’s funny. Perhaps you should be a little more careful with your research before spouting off. As of the games played yesterday, Thursday 3/26, UCLA had the #3 most efficient offense out of the 344 schools in Div. 1 Men’s Basketball. Yes, NUMBER 3. Who were numbers 1 and 2? Pittsburgh, running pretty much BEN HOWLAND’S OFFENSE, is #1. North Carolina is #2. The Villanova Wildcats you spout off about came in at #20, and the Dook team you spout off about is #11.

    If you don’t believe me, click THIS LINK and read it for yourself.

    And if the link again didn’t show as a link, well, then copy and paste this URL into your browser:
    http://kenpom.com/rate.php?s=AdjOE/

  • UCLA78

    Oh, and one last thing: I am a big nerd, so nobody should take anything I say or write seriously.

    Ha-ha-ha-ha!

  • UCLA78

    For the record, that last response, 10:01 p.m., was NOT by me, the REAL “UCLA78.” I must, though, admire the poster, who no doubt had a drink or two to celebrate his cleverness in using my registered sign-in name. Of course, he probably is about to have yet another drink or two to pat himself on the back for caling me a “nerd.”

    Oooooh.

  • UCLA78

    oops:
    “caling” = “calling”

  • Yoda

    weigh in, I must

    fan of Dohn I am

    however, agree i must with Full of It

    sancimonious, Dohn gets