This is Finals week. No our guys are not sweating through ball room dancing. They are actually studying for legit courses. So Coach Howland is keeping his players away from the reporters this entire week. The reporters asked him about Luc's low stats. from last two games yesterday. Coach Howland doesn't sound concerned at all:
"Things that don't show up in the stat sheet are often times are just as important as things that do."
Mbah a Moute was in foul trouble against Fullerton and was limited to one shot in 19 minutes. He also strained his right groin muscle in the game, and missed practice time leading up to the Texas A&M tilt, where he was 2 of 8 from the field and misfired badly on several jump shots.
"I don't think he played all that bad," Howland said. "I don't think he shot it well, and I think part of that was just the rhythm of not being able to practice for a couple of days because of it."
Speaking of Oakland, apparently it is some school for Michigan, and here is the connection on why they are on Bruins' schedule this Saturday:
The brother of Oakland Coach Greg Kampe, Kurt Kampe, is a Los Angeles lawyer and a graduate of Pepperdine's law school. Two of Kurt's children attend UCLA. Kurt was a football letterman at Michigan and Greg and Kurt's father, Kurt, played on Michigan's 1947 unbeaten Rose Bowl and national championship team.
"Since we moved up to Division I in 2000 I've wanted my brother to see us," Greg Kampe said.
Kampe said he had other reasons to bring his team across the country -- and it's not about guaranteed money.
"I want our kids to play against them, feel that toughness and yell at them that that's how UCLA does it and they went to the national championship game," Kampe said.
"And, I'm a traditionalist. I've always wanted to take a team to Pauley Pavilion. I hope Coach [John] Wooden is there. I won't go up and talk to him or anything but that would be the ultimate experience, to compete on the same floor where Coach Wooden coached."
In particular, Love's outlet passes after rebounds are so swift and stunning that coaches gush over them.
"It's amazing," said Bob Gibbons, a North Carolina-based talent evaluator. "It really looks like a Peyton Manning pass. It's a different shaped ball, but it's on target."
"The goal is not to be the greatest player," he said. "It's for our team to be the greatest."
Those are words that have UCLA Coach Ben Howland counting the days until Love puts on a Bruins uniform.
Again you can check out Love at Pauley this Friday when his Lake Oswego (OR) team take the court at 8:30 p.m. I am sure Coach Howland will be there. You should too.