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Humpday Roundup

Nice W against a tough UK team last night in Maui. Is that what Dan Guererro meant by "firing out?" The Bruins will now face the Yellowjackets of Georgia Tech for the Maui Invitational Championship tonight. Diane Pucin at the LA Times kicks it off this morning with an article describing how the Ben Ball defense once again saved the day. Pucin identified the key stats of the game:

UCLA missed 11 of its 24 free throws and 17 of its 19 three-pointers. Kentucky committed 17 turnovers.

By causing UK to commit 17 turnovers, the Bruins were able to overcome an atrocious night from the arc and a very mediocre night from the charity stripe. More proof that defense really does win championships. Dohn also has a piece in the LADN discussing the Bruins' defense and superior teamwork. Coach Ben Howland agrees:

"What it says to me is we do have good character," said Bruins coach Ben Howland, who is now 6-14 against ranked teams at UCLA. "It showed a lot of toughness and character the way we finished the game."

It sure is refreshing to hear a coach's post game comments that aren't filled with a bunch of meaningless cliches that actually relate to what happened during the game. I cannot express enough how thankful I am that Ben Howland landed at UCLA, especially with the BS we as fans have to endure with the Karl Dorrell program.

Finally, for a perspective from the Bluegrass State, here's an article by Brett Dawson of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Go Bruins. Bring us home an early championship!