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Ben Howland's teams are usually very good for 30 minutes. Unfortunately, college basketball games are 40 minutes.
Do you ever get the feeling that Howland's UCLA teams have a lapse in most games where they seem to stop playing? There's a reason for that. It's true. In 16 of the 22 games this season, they have allowed the opposition to go on a major run which turned a comfortable lead into a close game or a close game into a large deficit.
Here are the details:
UC Irvine - Outscored 28-12 in a 9-minute span to turn a 12-point lead into a 4-point deficit.
Georgetown - Outscored 23-5 in a 9-minute span to turn a 4-point lead into a 14-point deficit.
Georgia - Outscored 31-19 in the first 16 minutes.
Cal Poly - Outscored 34-14 in a 10-minute span to turn an 18-point lead into a 2-point deficit.
San Diego St - Outscored 36-20 in a 12-minute span to turn a 4-point lead into a 12-point deficit.
Texas - Outscored 36-21 in a 20-minute span to turn a 7-point lead into an 8-point deficit.
Fresno St - Outscored 23-9 in a 7-minute span to turn a 5-point lead into a 9-point deficit.
Missouri - Outscored 61-42 in a 21-minute span to turn a 10-point lead into a 9-point deficit.
California - Outscored 27-15 in a 10-minute span to turn a 16-point lead into a 4-point lead.
Stanford - Outscored 14-4 in a 5-minute span to turn a 15-point lead into a 5-point lead.
Utah - Outscored 21-11 in a 10-minute span to turn a 12-point lead into a 2-point lead.
Colorado - Outscored 27-16 in an 8-minute span to turn a 13-point lead into a 2-point lead.
Oregon -Outscored 31-19 in a 15-minute span to turn a 5-point lead into a 7-point deficit.
Arizona - Outscored 48-36 in a 21-minute span to turn a 16-point lead into a 4-point lead.
Arizona St - Outscored 44-27 in a 21-minute span to turn a 1-point deficit into a 18-point deficit.
USC - Outscored 37-16 in a 14-minute span to turn a 6-point lead into a 15-point deficit.
Some would say that all teams have their ups and downs in many games and that this UCLA team with its youth and lack of depth is especially vulnerable. That might be a reasonable explanation except that two years ago when UCLA had more experience and depth (but the same coach), with the exception of the opening exhibition, this happened in EVERY game and got worse as the season progressed.
Here is the game-by-game account.
Westmont - The only time UCLA wasn't outscored by at least 8 points in some segment of the game.
CSULA - UCLA up 32 with 11 minutes left. CSULA goes on a 14-4 run the next 5 minutes to cut the lead to 22.
CSUN - UCLA up 28 with 6 minutes left in the first half. CSUN goes on a 13-4 run the next 4 minutes to cut the lead to 19.
Pepperdine - UCLA up 3 with 13 minutes left in the first half. Pepperdine outscores UCLA 17-8 in the next 8 minutes to go up 6.
Pacific - UCLA up 17 with 6 minutes left in the first half. Pacific outscores UCLA 18-10 in the next 15 minutes to get within 9.
Villanova - UCLA down by 3 with 4 minutes left in the first half. Villanova goes on a 16-4 run in the next 5 minutes to go up 15.
Va Commonwealth - UCLA down by 1 with 19 minutes left. VCU outscores UCLA 29-19 in the next 12 minutes to go up 11.
Kansas - UCLA leads by 4 with 8 minutes left. Kansas goes on a 15-5 run in the next 6 minutes to go up 6.
Montana - UCLA down 6 with 13 minutes to play in the first half. Montana goes on a 13-2 run in the next 7 minutes to go up 17.
UC Davis - UCLA up 14 with 5 minutes to play. UC Davis goes on a 15-7 run in the next 5 minutes to pull within six.
Cal Poly SLO - UCLA up 17 with 11 minutes to play. CPSLO goes on a 13-3 run in the next 4 minutes to pull within seven.
BYU - UCLA up 12 with 15 minutes to play. BYU goes on a 13-3 run in the next 5 minutes to pull within two.
Montana State - UCLA up 14 with 5 minutes left in the first half. Montana State goes on a 28-12 run in the next 9 minutes to go up two.
UC Irvine - UCLA up 14 with 16 minutes to play. UC Irvine outscores UCLA 40-27 next 15 minutes to get within one.
Washington State - UCLA up six after 13 minutes. Washington State goes on a 25-11 run in the next 6 minutes to go up 8.
Washington - Game tied with five minutes left in the first half. Washington goes on a 27-10 run in the next 11 minutes to go up 17.
@USC - UCLA down one with 18 minutes left. USC outscores UCLA 30-20 the rest of the game.
@Oregon State - UCLA leads by 17 with 15 minutes left. Oregon State goes on a 21-4 run in the next nine minutes to tie the game.
@Oregon - UCLA leads by one with 12 minutes left in the first half. Oregon goes on a 16-3 run in the next six minutes to go up 12.
California - UCLA leads by 14 with five minutes left. Cal goes on a 28-14 run to tie the game in the last minute.
Stanford - UCLA outscored 22-8 in the first ten minutes.
@Arizona - UCLA down by 1 in the last minute of the first half. Arizona outscores UCLA 28-11 in the next 7 minutes to go up 18.
@Arizona State - UCLA leads by 12 with 10 minutes left. ASU goes on a 26-14 run to tie the game in the last minute.
USC - UCLA leads by 8 with three minutes left in first half. USC goes on a 11-2 run to take the lead 20 seconds into the second half.
St. John's - UCLA falls behind, 13-4 to begin the game and then has a 10 point lead with five minutes left but St. John's scores seven in a row in the next minute and a half to get back in the game.
Oregon - UCLA outscored 19-10 over a 10-minute first half span.
Oregon St - UCLA has 19-point lead with five and a half minutes left, wins by eight.
@Stanford - UCLA up by 12 with three minutes left, wins by four.
@Cal - UCLA outscored 17-6 to begin the game.
Arizona State - UCLA outscored 15-4 to begin the game.
Arizona - UCLA up 21 with 16 minutes left, then lets Arizona go on an 18-6 run.
@Washington - UCLA up four with five minutes left outscored 14-0 in next three and a half minutes.
@Washington St - UCLA outscored 30-15 in one first half stretch.
Oregon (Pac-10 tournament) - UCLA outscored 23-6 in nine minute stretch of the first half.
Michigan St (NCAA tournament) - UCLA has 23-point led with eight and a half minutes left. Wins by two.
Florida (NCAA tournament) - Game tied with six and a half minutes left. UCLA loses by eight.
Obviously, this would be normal for a bad team (that's why I didn't look at last season . . . we weren't very good) or a poorly coached team. But these lapses shouldn't happen so consistently for a good team. So why do we see this? Perhaps poor game management, substitutions and timeouts. Whatever it is, Howland needs a better bullpen because he rarely gets a complete game out of his players.