November 27, 2009

UCLA Humbled by the Portland Pilots

UCLA lost to Portland tonight by twenty seven points 74 to 47 as the Pilots led the game from start to finish and kept increasing their lead until late in the second half when their subs were able to keep the game even against UCLA's starters. They led 36 to 19 at the half. This was a thorough beating for the Bruins and showed just how much the early departures of NBA bound underclassmen have hurt the UCLA basketball program.

Portland's team is loaded with experienced seniors and their offensive and defensive execution totally dominated the Bruins. They shot 54 percent for the game and 52percent from the three point line while holding UCLA to 32.7percent overall and 21.7 percent from behind the circle.
The Bruins were only six for 14 from the free throw line. Portland's Jared Stohl went five for five from the three point line for 15 points and T.J. Campbell also scored 15 points.

Rarely has a UCLA basketball team play more poorly than tonight, and never with Ben Howland at the helm. UCLA simply was overwhelmed during the whole game. It clearly demonstrates how young and inexperienced they are. Tomorrow's game will be probably just as bad as Butler, which lost to Minnesota earlier in first round, is still ranked 12th in the country and has even better talent than Portland. It will be at least a month before this team can show marked improvement as their youth is such a major problem.

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