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Ben Ball News & Notes

Some notes from Ben Ball front to share. Coach Howland on Love speaking up about needing more touches:

"That's because he's answering questions about that," Howland said. "Of course, he's going to respond because that's what's being asked of you guys after every game. So yeah, he's responding that he wants the ball more. He's very unselfish. We have to do a better job.

"He had 11 touches in the game, which is terrible, considering seven of the 11 times he touched the ball we scored. Two of the times were shots he took that were in and out late in the game. And that's not including the time he threw the ball long to Russell (Westbrook) for a layup, so it's eight of 12.

"It's not like he's the big, black hole in there and the ball never comes back out. The first play of the game we gave him the ball inside. He dishes it outside on a great pass to Josh (Shipp).

"Wide-open 3 -- good."

Howland said Love has to do a better job keeping his man behind him, too. If players are fronting Love, it's harder to get him the ball. Coach Howland also suggested Love needs to improve his conditioning a bit, which is not a surprise for kids coming out of high school: "Sometimes he'll try to rest a little bit," Howland said. "It's a high school thing. You have to bend your knees before a move. You've got to be ready to go."

Love says he needs to improve his diet.

"I'll be hungry and options after the game aren't that great," Love said. "The whole thing is diet and game shape is a lot different than practice shape. Hopefully by the Pac-10 [schedule] I'll really be where I want to be." And Howland also explained his use of time outs: Howland said he didn't regret having no timeouts left in those final 90 seconds to switch Mata-Real with Love on offensive possessions or to set up a final play after Texas took the lead with eight seconds left.

"We used the timeouts when we were down 12 I think, and down 16, trying to stop the bleeding in the first half," Howland said. "I called some late in the game trying to get us a breather. It took a lot of energy fighting to get back into the game." Makes sense to me. Probably the best news from the links in this post, for the first time since October Coach Howland had all 11 scholarship warriors available for practice. Keefe was cleared for full contact practice. Sounds like he is coming along fine and hopefully he will be ready by the time Pac-10 season arrives.

GO BRUINS.

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