EUGENE, Ore. -- Fresh off Friday afternoon's practice, UCLA coach Ben Howland met with reporters for a rather casual chat at the team’s hotel.
The setting was relaxing: a light drizzle fell outside, the fireplace was lit and soft music reverberated throughout the lounge-like cafe.
The Bruins had just practiced in preparation for Saturday’s game against Oregon State -- some more than others (and with good reason).
Both Michael Roll and Nikola Dragovic played all but one minute of Friday's 71-66 overtime loss to the Ducks.
"It's like broken record," Howland said. "It's easier to play tired at home than it is on the road because you're not feeding off the energy of the crowd. Last night, Nik was really getting tired late in the game. It's like, what am I going to do?"
Freshman Tyler Honeycutt played a career-high 40 minutes and sophomore Malcolm Lee played 37.
To put that into perspective, Tajuan Porter was the only Oregon player to play more than 40 minutes. Howland used only two players off the bench -- Reeves Nelson and Mustafa Abdul-Hamid -- while Oregon coach Ernie Kent used five.
As a result, UCLA's starters did not work out as much as the reserves did on Friday.
Howland addressed the issue: