Wow, Howland must be on the ropes if some guy on the internet, citing unnamed sources, says he will soon be fired.
It's not UCLA's style to drop someone in mid-season. And the team is 8-3, with three freshmen scoring half of the team's total points, even with Muhammad missing three games. They can only get better. Plus, unless Howland's contract has some buyout provision favorable to the school, they are going to have to cough up between 4 and 5 million to get rid of him. Compare that to the 1.2 million they paid to get rid of Lavin.
Maybe one more bad loss to a lower-level PAC 12 teams, But in the end, UCLA would have a winning record against the PAC 12 contenders and they should have enough good wins to get them in to the big dance.
They are now becoming a very good offensive team as they played more games but still a long way to being considered a good defensive team.