Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/29/12
LOS ANGELES - Ben Howland has made a reputation for himself during his time at UCLA for being able to get players ready for the NBA. But more glaring is that fact that no matter if its college or the pros, players seem to shine brighter when they crawl from under the Howland wrath. The Bruins defeated Cal State Northridge on Wednesday, 82-56, after learning the shocking news that center Joshua Smith became the second player to transfer from the program in three days and the 11th in the last four years.Howland is beginning to earn another reputation - that of a coach that players dont want to play for. Its something that Ive obviously reflected upon, Howland said. The Bruins have just eight scholarship players now, with the latest departures. The eight was cut to seven on Wednesday night when Tony Parker left the game with a sprained ankle. Players No. 9 and 10 on the bench are Sooren Derboghosian and David Brown - both walk-ons. The Bruins are one injury or even foul ...
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