Ubaka tries to even score

first_imgUbaka, who is averaging 14points per game, was 0 for 8 against the Bruins. He missed several open shots, and even when he was near the basket he 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 Pavilion last season. “I have great respect for Ubaka,” UCLA 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.” 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.” Aboya time: Howland used reserve center/power forward Alfred Aboya much more the past six weeks than 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’ past 11games, 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.” Aboya is tied with Mbah a Moute with 36 offensive rebounds in Pacific-10 Conference play, although Mbah a Moute played 146 more minutes. Signing day: Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden and one of his former stars, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), will autograph copies of Abdul-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 40thanniversary 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!center_img Arron Afflalo usually gets the attention of his opponents for his scoring ability, but UCLA’s junior wing said he believes he will be the focus of California’s Ayinde Ubaka for another reason. When UCLA beat the Bears last month in Berkeley, Ubaka was shut down. At the time he led Cal in scoring, but was shut out by Afflalo. last_img read more