Category: Ben Howland

Steve Alford: NCAA Should Look at What’s In the Best Interest of a Student-Athlete When a Coach Leaves

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

It had already been announced that Steve Alford would sign a 10-year contract extension at New Mexico when news broke that he was leaving for UCLA. Alford hadn't yet signed the new deal, but it left those in Albuquerque obviously shocked. Alford, who played at Indiana for Bob Knight, understands ...

Kansas, Michigan Match Up for What Should Be One of the Most Entertaining Sweet 16 Games

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

The Sweet 16 is not at a loss for great matchups, and one of those will come Friday night when top-seeded Kansas takes on No. 4 seed Michigan. Bill Self's success at Kansas is well-documented, while the Wolverines have what Self calls perhaps the best guard-line in the country, starting ...

Shabazz Muhammad Still Sees Big Things Coming for UCLA as Season Winds Along

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Expectations were high for the UCLA Bruins, as usual, entering the college hoops season. They had a standout freshmen class, led by Shabazz Muhammad, and were ranked No. 13 in the preseason AP poll. Since then, however, Muhammad missed three games as the NCAA sorted out an eligibility issue and ...

Ben Howland on Prized Freshman Shabazz Muhammad: “He’s had a tough go since he’s arrived”

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Since making it to his last Final Four appearance in the 2007-2008 season, Ben Howland and his UCLA Bruins are averaging just 20 wins in their last four seasons and have made just two trips to the NCAA Tournament. At a place like UCLA that is not good enough for ...

Ben Howland, UCLA Land Top High School Product in Shabazz Muhammad

Friday, April 13th, 2012

When we last saw Ben Howland, the UCLA coach was coming off a season where his Bruins didn't even make the postseason and they had recently been slammed by a Sports Illustrated article that shed negative light on what Howland and the program were doing. He might not have erased ...

UCLA Coach Ben Howland: “There’s always going to be tough times that you have to fight your way through”

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Suspensions, injuries, departures, losses and an article in Sports Illustrated that delved into it all. That's pretty much what UCLA coach Ben Howland had to deal with this past season.  By season's end, Howland's team went 19-14 and didn't make the postseason. Despite it all, Howland says in the following interview ...

Reeves Nelson Fires Back, Disputing Incidents Portrayed in Sports Illustrated’s UCLA Article

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Last week, Sports Illustrated's George Dohrmann released a story in the magazine titled, "Not The UCLA Way." In it, it discusses the downward spiral of the highly touted Bruins basketball team and the reported role that former standout-turned-dismissed-player Reeves Nelson had in it. Nelson has fired back, hoping to restore his ...

Dan Guerrero Will Wait Before Making a Decision on Ben Howland

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Ben Howland is in his ninth year as Head Coach at UCLA. During his tenure with the Bruins, Howland has been incredibly successful. He has a dazzling 205-96 record, has recruited numerous McDonald’s All-Americans, has sent numerous players to the pros, and at one time led the Bruins to three ...

The UCLA Bruins Have Flipped the Switch Right in Time for March

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

People around college basketball will tell you that teams want to be playing their best basketball in February and March as opposed to November and December. That’s good news for the UCLA Bruins. After getting off to a shaky 3-4 start in their first seven games, the Bruins have rallied ...

Ben Howland on John Wooden: “He’s One of the Greatest Americans Ever”

Monday, June 7th, 2010

John Wooden passed away at 99 years old on Friday - 99 of the best lived, most inspiring lives in the recent history of this country. I fully acknowledge that I cannot adequately capture how great of a man John Wooden was. While that is a compliment in itself and I ...