Probably the most important thing from last night’s (expected) blowout win over the Beavers was that no one got hurt and all of our starters got plenty of rest. None of our starters logged 30 mins. Kevin Love only played 21 mins for the entire game.
I read in the comment thread that LRMAM walked off the game with his left foot wrapped in ice. However, I don’t see any special mention of that in any of today’s articles. Moreover, I think IIRC that’s more of a standard precautionary treatment for him since he is coming from an ankle injury. Also Luc looked great last night when he was running down the court or getting up around the rim.
The headliners from last night were RW, DC, and LMR. From Pucin in the LA Times:
Usually it is up to Howland to find something to criticize. Yet Howland's spread sheet was full of good numbers -- 55.2% shooting from the field, a 43-24 rebounding advantage, holding the opponent to 34.5% shooting, a season-high 10 blocked shots.
"I'm glad we came out and played hard," Howland said. "It was a good performance by us in almost all respects. I thought Darren and Russell did an exceptional job of sharing the ball and running the team."
Howland pointed to the 16 assists compared to only three turnovers by Collison and Westbrook as a sign the offense was operating well.
>> Guard Darren Collison equaled his season high of nine assists tonight, also achieved vs. Arizona State.
>> UCLA held Oregon State to 34.5% from the field tonight, the lowest shooting percentage against the Bruins in conference play (previous low, 36.2% at Cal).
>> The Bruins had a 43-24 edge in rebounding (+19), equaling the team’s rebound-margin high for the season (three other times) and the best performance in conference play.
>> The Bruins equaled a seasonal high in assists (20), done twice before, and set a conference-season high.
>> No UCLA player had 30 or more minutes tonight, the first time that has happened in the conference season. The last game this season in which no UCLA player had 30 minutes of playing time was the 76-48 win over UC Davis on December 29.
Our 3 point shooting continues to be off. From Dohn:
However, Bruins second-leading scorer Josh Shipp continued to misfire from long range. He went 0 for 4 from 3-point range and is 0for19 in his past five games.
"We're not worried about Josh. He's going to come along," Collison said. "He's our X-factor in the big games. When we do play the big games, he shows up to play. Not so much against an Oregon State team, but in big teams he shows up to play, and that's the sign of a great player."
Bruins did lose their focus at times in the first half, carelessly turning the ball over on back to back possession. DC who has become increasingly vocal, taking a clear leadership role in last few days, made sure to note the issue (from Pucin linked above):
Kevin Love Took "The High Road"
When Kevin Love was asked about the experience when traveling to the Oregon schools he stated, "It was brutal up in Oregon, but I took the high road and didn't let it get to me."
The hope is that our fans will never subject anyone or any student-athlete to behavior that is unsportsmanlike. Please make sure that you and other Bruin fans continue to enjoy the game with class and refrain from making personal comments about opposing student-athletes.
We are UCLA…cheer like Champions and support your Bruins.
Let’s stay focused and keep our momentum going on Saturday.