first_img Howland has used reserve center/power forward Alfred Aboya much more the last six weeks than in the first two months of the season, particularly because of the energy the sophomore big man brings. In UCLA’s first 15 games, Aboya averaged 13.5 minutes, 3.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. In the Bruins’ last 11 games, Aboya is playing 21.3 minutes, scoring 4.5 points and grabbing six rebounds. “His rebounds per minute, especially on the offensive end, are far better than anybody, including Luc (Richard Mbah a Moute), on the team,” Howland said. “He doesn’t get as many rebounds on the defensive end because he’s our best guy blocking out. Sometimes when you’re so good at laying your body on another guy, that even though he doesn’t get the rebound, he’s making it easier for others to rebound.” Signing day Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden and one of his former stars, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, will autograph copies of Jabbar’s new book – On the Shoulders of Giants-My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance – before Saturday’s game against Stanford. They will be at the student bookstore in Ackerman Union from 1-2:30 p.m. During halftime of the game, UCLA will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1967 NCAA title team, which finished 30-0. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So when Cal visits No. 4 UCLA tonight, Afflalo knows he needs to be ready. “I’m sure he’s looking forward to it,” Afflalo said. “I’ll guard him and try to get the same result, but he’s a competitive player and I’m sure he’s more upset about the loss than his own personal performance.” Ubaka, who is averaging 14 points per game, was 0 for 8 against the Bruins. He missed several open shots, and even when he was near the basket, shied away from contact. After UCLA’s 62-46 win, Cal coach Ben Braun said Ubaka was ill, which contributed to his poor play. The outing was certainly different from the 18 points Ubaka scored in Cal’s 68-61 win at Pauley last season. “I have great respect for Ubaka,” Bruins coach Ben Howland said. “He killed us here a year ago. He had 18 here a year ago. He was sick when we played them up there, and did not play well. I know he’ll want to come back and really take it at us.” Aboya time center_img Arron Afflalo usually gets the attention of his opponents for his scoring ability, but UCLA’s junior wing believes he will be the focus of California’s Ayinde Ubaka for another reason. When the Bruins beat the Bears last month in Berkeley, Ubaka was shut down. At the time, he led Cal in scoring, but was shutout by Afflalo. last_img

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