UCLA is currently on a 1-3 skid, which followed a 4-1 spurt, due in large part to ball security issues. The Bruins have averaged more than 17 turnovers per game after a five-turnover effort in a 77-73 win over Stanford on Feb. 4.
In its 97-68 loss at Washington on Saturday, the team’s biggest margin of defeat during Howland’s tenure and its worst loss ever at Washington, UCLA committed 18 turnovers.
“A lot of times, it’s poor decision-making on our own part,” Howland said. “In the case of Saturday, guys were trying to drive and there was nothing there. That’s what pressure will do to players. That’s what a pressure defense wants you to do – it wants you to dribble.
UCLA freshman forward Reeves Nelson had laser retinopexy on his left eye today to repair a slight tear in his retina. The surgery was done at UCLA’s world-renowned Jules Stein Eye Institute by Dr. Steven Schwartz.
He did not practice today and is not slated to practice tomorrow. He will be revaluated on Wednesday for Thursday’s game against Oregon State (Feb. 25).
“The retinal tear was very far away from his central and meaningful peripheral vision and should not affect his ability to see the court,” Dr. Schwartz said. “He is an extremely tough kid and tolerated the procedure extremely well without anaesthesia.” Continue reading →
“Carnell Lake, who earned All-America honors at UCLA and All-Pro acclaim in the National Football League, is leaving his position as an assistant football coach, Bruin head coach Rick Neuheisel announced today.
Neuheisel said the departure was for family reasons.
“Carnell did a great job coaching our cornerbacks last season and will always be remembered as a great Bruin,” said Neuheisel. “Carnell is also a great father and he felt this was in the best interest of his family. We wish him all the best in the future and know he will still be involved in our program as a proud alum.”
Lake, 42, joined the staff in January of 2009 and coached the cornerbacks last season. As a unit, UCLA ranked second in the Pac-10 in pass defense and senior Alterraun Verner earned several All-America honors.”