March 25, 2009

Ben Howland reflects upon season

Tuesday March 24th, UCLA head basketball coach Ben Howland met with the media for the last time to discuss the just concluded season of 2008-09. This is the earliest exit out of the big March dance in three years and he is asked about that and more. This part one of a two-part series.

Howland: "Welcome, so we're in our last official press meeting, questions?"

Is it strange to be doing this so early?

Howland: "We haven't done this the last three years. It would be nice to go that far every year, so it is a little different."

Have you watched film of the game?

Howland: "I watched it on the way back, the day we played on Saturday. I watched it a couple of times."

Any thoughts now with some perspective?

Howland: "In reference to what? Specifically…"

How you played?

Howland: "Well I commented on that at the game ending. I didn't think we played very good and they played very well. I think Villanova is a very good team and I thought that their plan to come out and hard foul our guys was evident especially as you watch the film, but they are a very good team. I have to credit them and I think they have a chance to come out of the region now.

"When you get to this level, you have to beat Duke and you have to beat the winner of Xavier and Pitt. I mean anybody can come out of it essentially, but they are good. If they came out of the region I wouldn't be surprised."

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