Wooden does not live in the past. He still watches the Bruins every game, either on TV or in person, and he is impressed by what Ben Howland has accomplished during his five years in Westwood, especially "proving how important defense is" for a national contender. And given the parity in college basketball these days, Wooden emphasizes that the Bruins advancing to three consecutive Final Fours is impressive. "Definitely, it's an achievement," Wooden said. "I don't think it's happened very often in the history of the NCAA, going (to the Final Four) three times in a rowOC Register Article On Coach John Wooden (as we prepare for Wooden Classic this Sat).