Ben Howland endures stressful season

Coming off a losing season and having a young team forced UCLA coach to work hard

Updated: March 16, 2011, 10:25 PM ET
By Peter Yoon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ben Howland is one tough nut to crack.

His armor-plated exterior enables him to go into lockdown mode at a moment's notice, shutting down outsiders the way the defenses of his Final Four teams at UCLA did from 2006 to '08.

So when you ask him just how much stress and pressure he felt the past five months during a roller-coaster season that was as close to being a disaster as it was to being great, he doesn't offer much.

"It's always tough every year," Howland says. ...

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