UCLA vs. Concordia - Exhibition Game Preview
By Bruin Basketball Report
The 2009-10 UCLA Bruins play their first of two exhibition games starting on Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion against the Concordia University Eagles.
UCLA will play the exhibition game short-handed. Earlier this week, UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland announced that senior guard Michael Roll, sophomore guard Jerime Anderson and freshman forward Brendan Lane would not dress for the Bruins' first exhibition game.
Lane has missed the last two weeks of practice with a sprained left ankle. Anderson missed the first two weeks of practice with a strained left groin and only returned to practice this Monday. Roll also has a sprained ankle (right) and returned to practice on Monday, but only practiced in drills with no contact. All three players will continue to be revaluated on a daily basis.
The Concordia Eagles are members of the NAIA division and the Golden State Athletic Conference.
The Eagles return two starters from a team that went 28-7 overall last year and 16-4 in the GSAC (2nd place). CUI was ranked as high as 4th in the NAIA a year ago and finished with a final ranking of 12th after losing in the NAIA Quarterfinals in 2009.
Senior guard Terrence Worthy is the team's top returner. Last year as a second-team All-American, he averaged 9.5 points, 2.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Another Eagle to watch is junior center Ben Smith, who averaged 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season. Sophomore guard Cameron Gliddon is the team's highest scorer returning, averaging 9.6 points a game and drained 65 three-pointers last year.
Tip-off is schedule for 7:30 PM on Nell and John Wooden Court.