Wear twins raise hopes for UCLA

Travis Wear sprained his hand in practice yesterday, leaving him listed as day-to-day (aren't we all). This qualifies as news, of course, because UCLA's season opener against Loyola Marymount is fast approaching, and one half of the twin towers has suffered an injury.

Expectations are high for both David Wear and his brother, Travis, after the transferred from North Carolina back to UCLA in an abrupt move that still has Tar Heels coach Roy Williams confused. According to ESPN.com's Robbi Pickeral, the coach's autobiography mentions the twins.

He wrote: "The Wears were two kids that I really enjoyed coaching. I thought they were really going to be good players and that they could really help us get back to where we wanted to be. They were going to play at least 45 minutes a game for us combined in 2011. Then all of a sudden the rug was pulled out from underneath us. I was just dumbfounded."

The beneficiary of all this is UCLA coach Ben Howland, who recruited the Wear twins hard out of Mater De High School in Southern California, and he was happy to land them a second time around. The two former McDonald's All-Americans are both expected to start alongside a behemoth center in Joshua Smith, forming one of America's most formidable frontcourts.

"Everything they do together," Howland said last week at Pac-12 media day. "It's unbelievable. These guys take every class together. They share the same bedroom. I mean, everything's together. They're really close.

"But what I'm most impressed [with] about them is their work ethic. They've improved a lot from a year ago to where they are right now. It's just through their hard work and efforts. They've been involved in doing yoga three days a week since January, and I really felt that's been a great thing for them."