Last season: 10-19, 6-12 and sixth in the Pacific 10.
Postseason: Advanced to the second round of the Pac-10 tournament. Missed the NCAA tournament, ending a streak of 14 consecutive appearances.
Coach: Ben Howland, first year, 168-99 in nine seasons, five at Northern Arizona and four at Pittsburgh.
Who's gone: Coach Steve Lavin (145-78 record); forward Jason Kapono, the third-leading scorer in Bruin history (16.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg); guard Ray Young (10.1 ppg); forward Andre Patterson (5.5 rpg, 60.8% shooting); forward Marcedes Lewis (1.3 ppg).
Who's new: Howland; forward Trevor Ariza, a freshman from Westchester High; guard Brian Morrison, a transfer who sat out last season.
Projected starters: Forward Dijon Thompson (14.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg); forward Ariza; Center Michael Fey (2.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg) or Ryan Hollins (4.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg); guard Cedric Bozeman (7.3 ppg, 3.3 apg); guard Morrison.
Keys to season: The Bruins must learn Howland's system quickly and develop a semblance of the toughness and unselfishness displayed by his Pittsburgh teams. A consistent scorer besides Thompson must emerge. The Bruins must appreciate the importance of playing consistent defense.
Outlook: Improving on last season's record is the first task. Becoming better than a .500 team is next. Making the NCAA tournament? That might be a year away.
-- Steve Henson