UCLA basketball: A few media day thoughts


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Speaking to reporters today, UCLA Coach Ben Howland placed the emphasis on defense -- big surprise -- as his team prepares for its opener against Cal State Fullerton on Monday night.

‘We’re still having problems defending the dribble,’ Howland said after watching film of the recent victory over Humboldt State. ‘There were a number of times we were getting beat off dribble penetration, which is something we want to cut down on.’


With so much youth on the roster, and so many preseason injuries, the Bruins had not been double-teaming in the post or on screens, traditionally a staple for Howland teams. They planned to start installing those rotations at practice today.

Freshman forward Mike Moser suspects there is a lot to learn in the next week and beyond.

‘It’s time to put the thinking cap on,’ he said.

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-- David Wharton