Josh Shipp is not coming back tonight against Wagner. But no worries. Howland sounds down right chipper about what is going on in practice:
For the first time in 44 practices, he had all 12 scholarship players available to practice Monday. Sophomore forward Josh Shipp - who's recovering from hip surgery - participated at full speed for 90 minutes. He won't play in the next two games.
But Howland was beaming after what he deemed the best practice of the season. Howland summed up present in one word: "Hallelujah!"
Shipp, who is scheduled to return against Stanford on Dec. 29, is expected to make the 12th-ranked Bruins (8-1) that much stronger.
"He actually looked very good," Howland said during Tuesday's news conference. "He made his team win. He was working with our second five. It was a much better group with him in there. He's very close to being ready. I'm excited."
Shipp has full range of motion and was cleared by doctors to play in the Pacific-10 Conference opener. However, Shipp is expected to have stiffness in the joint for three to four more months, and it might be another six to nine months before he fully recovers. But Shipp is ready.
"The team is doing so well," Shipp said. "I want to be a part of it."
Back to Shipp. Why do you think we are all so excited about him come back. Well just read this blurb from CBS Sportsline on him: