Friday, December 07, 2007

From The Daily Bruin

Basketball finally free from injuries
Bruins look to learn from mistakes against Texas and win big in the Wooden Classic this weekend
Bobby Gordon, Bruin Sports senior staff
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2007

...The Bruins will have no more of that confusion this week as they prepare for the Wooden Classic this weekend at the Honda Center in Anaheim. UCLA will look to get back in the win column Saturday at 2:30 p.m. but will be pitted against a challenging opponent in Davidson.

Davidson has made a name for itself this year by giving highly ranked teams a lot to worry about. The smaller school had No. 1 North Carolina on the ropes on the Tar Heels’ own court, leading for most of the second half before falling 72-68. More recently, the Wildcats played No. 7 Duke very close, losing 79-73 on Dec. 1.

Sophomore Stephen Curry, son of former NBA player Dell Curry, leads the team and makes a huge impact. Against North Carolina, Curry had a game-high 24 points. Additionally, when he was on the bench with two fouls against Duke, the Blue Devils went on a 17-4 run.

“Curry’s a great shooter, and it’s a very good team we’re playing Saturday that could have beat Carolina at Carolina early in the season,” Howland said. “It’s a one-point game with a minute and a half, two minutes to go. ... They’re a team that all shoots it well; they set a lot of ball screens. They’re a smart, very heady, experienced group. We have our hands full.”

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