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UCLA Basketball: Why Ben Howland Must Go

UCLA basketball has been an absolute train-wreck this year with a loss to Cal Poly and losing Tyler Lamb and Joshua Smith.

The Bruins came into this year with tons of hype and sights on contending for a national championship,

but things haven’t gone so smoothly for the boys in Westwood. Without any doubt, this team is about as talented as any team in the country, but it seems that the young fellas are having trouble building chemistry on the offensive end. Kyle Anderson is doing fine, but he needs to be able to score the ball, while Jordan Adams is playing at a high-level and Shabazz is being Shabazz.

What my big issue is, is starting Travis or David Wear. They’re labeled as “big men” but they are as soft as they come. They hate playing with their backs against the basket and they love, absolutely love shooting mid-range jumpers. On the defensive end, they continued to get bullied in the post, Ben Howland seems to be content playing them. It’s time to start Tony Parker, when healthy; this kid is a beast but he hasn’t gotten his time to shine this year. It’s very disappointing when we get all these talented kids, but Ben isn’t  giving them time.

Last night, UCLA was on a big-time run, and then to no ones surprise, Howland calls timeout. What happens next really dosn’t surprise me, SDSU ran away from UCLA after the timeout. Not only was the timeout dumb, he also took out Shabazz Muhammad who looked like he was about to take control of this game. It’s really unbelievable that he’d do that, but after all, it is Ben Howland.

Sorry Ben, but you’re time is up.

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