Bruins dominated Beavers in every way imaginable yesterday afternoon at Pauley. What was wonderful and exciting about yesterday's performance was how it was a complete and total team-effort. One of the indelible images from last year's tourney run was the reaction of UCLA's bench at the end of the Gonzaga game. On the flip side was yesterday. It was just cool to see Afflalo, Collison, Luc, and rest of their team-mates reveling during the last minutes of the game.
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That's good stuff. Yeah the most important story from yesterday's game was the images towards the end of the game, which made it pretty clear how much the players from this program love each other, and how their head coach care for everyone of them. From Dohn:
That Howland was pleading to three walk-ons and two little-used reserves to dig in despite the Bruins' 43-point lead added to the spectacle.
Efficient fast breaks: It was great to see the team running efficient fast breaks during transition. Bruins scored 29 points off 21 turnovers. Not shabby at all.
Efficient offense: As Howland said they were making extra passes on offense to aggressively attack both from inside and out. Bruins shot 57.9 percent from the field (34 for 59). Can't do much better than that. I think when our starters filing out towards the bench with about 15 mins left in the second half, the team was shooting something ridiculous like 73 percent.
- Maintaining intensity from start to finish: Because the team came out with so much intensity and focus from early on, they were able to put the game out of reach early, which allowed Coach Howland to dole out huge minutes to players like Keefe, Westbrook, Wright, and Dragovic, who could play some role down the line.
So they should be all rested and ready for this week. Bruins have two big games coming up this week. They get JustSC on Wednesday and then hit the country road at Morgantown on Saturday. Get ready of Ben Bolch to barf about how JustSC is closing the gap for next 48-72 hours in the LA Times. You know it's coming.
All our guys will have to do is listen to their coach, play Ben Ball defense, be unselfish on offense, and play for each other, with the entire Bruins Nation backing them up on Wednesday.
Can't wait to hear the Den leading the 12,000 something at Pauley to thunder:
JUST LIKE FOOTBALL.
All they have to do is just play 40 Minutes of Ben Ball.