Lineup change

Josh Smith will come off the bench for tomorrow’s game at Oregon for the second consecutive game. Ben Howland made the move so Smith wouldn’t have an opportunity to pick up an early foul.
“It’s better for him psychologically to not get a foul in the first three minutes of the game,” Howland said.

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  • so west Coast

    is big J referring to himself in the 3rd person now?

  • VAbruin

    Bummer that it’s come to this. I think that Smith has to get by the mental lapses that cause him to get the early/ticky-tack fouls that have plagued him. We all know that he’s had some bad calls against him, but he has to grow past that so that Howland doesn’t have to make moves like this with what could be such a dominant player.