ANAHEIM — Sam Strong (otherwise known as the other fat guy) here at the Honda Center. I realize it’s been a busy day for UCLA fans with the football hiring of Jim L. Mora but we’re about 30 minutes from tip as Ben Howland’s Bruins look for their second D-I win this season.
The court looks about the same as it did for previous Wooden Classic games but they’ve added the circular UCLA logo at center court.
I don’t know much about Penn other than that the Quakers are 5-5 on the year lost to the only ranked team they’ve played. Penn lost to then-No. 17 Pitt 78-58 on Nov. 25 in the Philly Hoop Group Classic.
Ben Howland said yesterday that he thought getting the Reeves Nelson monkey off the team’s back would be a positive for UCLA. We’ll see shortly.
A reminder to follow me on twitter @SamStrong for in-game updates.
Game is on Fox Sports West with Joel Meyers and former Bruin Don MacLean on the call.