December 17, 2008

UCLA to host LMU

The Bruins (6-2) have a tricky game tonight against Loyola Marymount (0-10). UCLA coach Ben Howland has warned his team not to take the Lions lightly. LMU has been hammered with injuries this season, LMU's coach Bill Bayno, took a leave of absence and will miss the season.

Losing record aside, the Lions have been on a very bumpy road this season and though the Bruins a huge favorite, Howland has told his team not to overlook this LMU team.

"I'm always weary of being the team that's not prepared and then end up losing," Howland said. "I mean do I think that Cleveland State is better than Syracuse? No, but they won last night."

LMU has nothing to lose so they will be play footloose and fancy free. They could end up doing a lot of different things on the defensive end of the floor.

"LMU is still banged up and shorthanded," Howland said. "They're going to play a lot of zone and they play some junk defenses. We could see a box and one or a triangle and two or something different like that."

DePaul tried a box and one against Darren Collison and the Bruins were able to hit some wide open shots so they went away from that pretty quickly.

Like the Bruins the Loyola is a very young team and have had four freshmen logging a lot of minutes. Sophomore junior college transfer Vernon Teel and the freshmen guard Jarred DuBois (6-3, 170), forward Ashley Hamilton (6-7, 210),forward Kevin Young (6-8, 185) and forward LaRon Armstead (6-5, 195) have played 1,190 of the 2,000 minutes played in 10 games, that is good for 59.5 percent of the minutes the Lions have played this season. The Lions are definitely a team that is learning on the job.

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