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An Imperfect Storm

A Bruin alum provides perspective on the goals of UCLA basketball which is is to have the best team with the best individuals with talent showing the best character and giving their best effort on...

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An imperfect storm

I stayed out of the game thread last night (it had been good karma lately) and then I went to bed after the game, knowing that the post-game thread was gonna look like someone just kicked over an...

Howland, meanwhile, knows this isn’t nearly the same kind of team that he had last year, and to be h...

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Howland, meanwhile, knows this isn’t nearly the same kind of team that he had last year, and to be honest, it probably won’t be by the time the calendar turns March, either. After all, you don’t just replace two NBA lottery picks and a second rounder in a matter of months. "It's early and we're a very young team," Howland said regarding the loss to Michigan. But Howland’s teams seem to overachieve more often than they underachieve, in part due to his tough, physical man-to-man defense, and while the Bruins didn’t happen to raise a 12th national championship banner in Pauley Pavilion last year after suffering a third straight defeat in the Final Four, UCLA is still the favorite to win a much weaker Pac-10 this season. Those sorts of expectations are realistic for a team that boasts arguably the nation’s top point guard (Darren Collison) and top freshman (Jrue Holiday), but it won’t be easy even so.

FoxSports.com editor channels BN by urging patience.

Ben Ball Roundup: Preseason/Practice News & Notes

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We now have less than 5 days to go till the tip off for the 2008-09 Ben Ball season. The Pac-10 is having its “Media Day” today. As rye noted Bruins were picked as near unanimous number 1 team in...

Getting Ready For 08-09 Ben Ball Season: Predictions/Expectations & Concerns

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With just 11 days to go till tip off,  time for us to go through what has become somewhat of an annual rite of passage here on Bruin Nation. We started this in 2005, and continued it in both 2006...

Ben Ball Warriors In Top-5 In Andy Katz's (WWL) Final Preseason Top 25

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Ben Ball warriors check in at number 5 in Andy Katz's final pre-season top 25. Click on the link for details. Not really an earth shattering list but still a fun read. GO BRUINS.

Ben Ball 08-09: Not Taking Anything For Granted

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As excited as we all are about Howland’s K extension and the three straight Final-4s, we need to maintain our perspective wrt to our expectations for next season. Already I am getting the sense...

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