UCLA has not won a game over a Division I opponent outside Southern California. Part of the problem for UCLA has been the slow starts. Last game against Oregon State UCLA started down 8-0. A fast start today would help as would better interior defense. Howland has praised Anothy Stover's defense, let's see if he plays more this afternoon as it would seem to help CBH get his 200th win as the Bruins head coach.
The official UCLA preview is here and the gametracker is here. The official Oregon preview is here. UCLA needs a win for too many reasons to count but it is now in seventh place in the conference and a loss tonight would push them below .500 in conference and make even there long shot hopes of winning the Pac-12 tourney more difficult as they would have to be in the first round play in games.
CBH has the team he wants playing well on offense. Will the defense do its part? Will he play zone? The only thing that is certain is he needs a win this afternoon.