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Mike DeCourcy from the Sporting News noticed Plaschke's column (which we pointed out yesterday) and joined in on batting down the ridiculous notion about how supposedly Howland's system hinders talented ball players? offensive production:

Ben Howland's system, however, should not be an issue. His system provides a sound and efficient offensive approach. His teams traditionally have been very productive; at Northern Arizona, he had teams that led the nation in field goal shooting and 3-point shooting. His 2003 Pittsburgh team, with no real NBA-level offensive weapons, shot 50.6 percent from the field and averaged 74.9 points.

The system is being misdiagnosed. Howland's teams are not going to push the pace the way Roy Williams does at North Carolina, but the Bruins are not shooting two-hand set shots. UCLA does not play slowdown basketball, although games can be lower scoring because the Bruins defense forces opponents to trudge through the shot clock.

If Farmar wants to see some numbers that should matter to him, he should check out Thursday's blog about Villanova guard Kyle Lowry. All that money stuff applies to him, too. But I won't drag you through that again. Promise.

FWIW here is DeCourcy's blog on Kyle Lowry in which he asserts Lowry can lose a lot by staying in the draft. Anyways we will leave it up to Jordan to make his own decision re. the draft. I am just happy to see some of the writers in the traditional media are so aggressively batting down some of the nonsense re. Howland's system at UCLA.

GO BRUINS.