Ben Howland takes measured approach

UCLA coach is excited about his team and playing in New York, but it's also early

Updated: November 23, 2010, 11:13 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- It was probably the song that really got him going.

Frank Sinatra has that effect on people.

And where UCLA basketball coach Ben Howland came from, it's usually a very good year when "New York, New York" comes on the loudspeakers after a win.

So you couldn't blame Howland for wanting to be a part of it again when his Bruins defeated Pacific last week to advance to the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off against No. 7 Villanova on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

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