Howland using bulletin-board material

When UCLA returned to the court following its stinging loss in the Pac-12 title game last week, it found something waiting for them.

After Las Vegas pegged the Bruins as one of two higher-seeded teams to lose in NCAA tournament’s round of 64, coach Ben Howland decided to post up predictions of Friday’s matchup against No. 11-seed Minnesota.

“Our first practice back, our locker room had a bunch of quotes and posts from people who might be doubting us,” point guard Larry Drew II said. “Just from analysts or writers or bloggers or whoever it may be. Coach obviously feels like, well, he’s noticed it and he definitely wants that to motivate us.”

Although Howland said it wasn’t the first time he had put up bulletin-board material in the locker room this season, Drew couldn’t recall another instance. Perhaps that speaks to the magnitude of the stage, eight teams crowding into the Frank Erwin Center trying to extend their seasons.

“Everybody knows what’s at stake here, what’s on the line,” Drew said. “Even for myself, this is my senior campaign. I don’t have any more college games after this, if I lose.”

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  • Mark

    Why did Howland wait so long to post messages doubting the team? Ucla’s own fans have been supplying them all year!

    • Lifelong Bruin Fan

      You’re using the term “fans’ pretty loosely there

      • Marc

        What is that supposed to mean? If a Fan is fed up with Ben’s handling of the basketball team (and it goes beyond “not winning a national championship”, thank you), then they aren’t “fans” in your opinion?

        Some would argue that being a fan of Ben over the Four Letters on the front of the Jersey is not really a “fan”.

        I’d like to say that we’re all fans, and we just disagree, but all would love for the UCLA teams to not only win but also represent the University in a good way,

  • Brian

    This type of motivation is overrated. But, as long as you are talking about it, you should report on what Travis Wear had to say. I am sure Minnesota could use that as bulletin-board material.

  • Hogsman

    Hard to figure out how to fire up this team – they only seem to play well when they’re the underdog.