9:40 PM ET, March 22, 2007
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Ben Howland set the tone early, crouching into a defensive stance with his arms in the air, yelling out assignments.And he's only UCLA's coach.His players paid just as much attention at the defensive end in a style all-too-familiar for Pittsburgh. The style Howland employed in four years at Pitt ended up knocking the Panthers out of the NCAA Tournament when the Bruins won the West Regional semifinal 64-55 Thursday night.
UCLA defeated Pittsburgh, 64-55, and has allowed only 146 points through three games, the lowest total since 1985 when Patrick Ewing's Georgetown team gave up 142 points in its first three games of the tournament. Thursday night's victories by Kansas and UCLA set up the fifth meeting between those teams in NCAA Tournament play. The Bruins won the first four. There are seven other instances of teams that are 4-0 or better against another in the tournament: Kentucky vs. Utah (6-0), Indiana vs. LSU (5-0), Ohio State vs. Kentucky (5-0), Kentucky vs. Miami of Ohio (4-0), Kentucky vs. Illinois (4-0), UCLA vs. New Mexico State (4-0) and North Carolina vs. Michigan State (4-0).
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-55 (.364)||18-42 (.429)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-16 (.438)||5-13 (.385)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-14 (.571)||23-26 (.885)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||23 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|
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