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UCLA still waiting to hear on Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson’s eligibility

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Tonight marks the official beginning of the college basketball season. However, the UCLA Bruins are still scrambling to find out what they’re team will look like when the first game takes place next month.

UCLA had one of the best recruiting classes this season, yet the program’s best two recruits – Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson – both have their eligibility under review by the NCAA after reports that each may have received improper benefits.

Tony Parker, another top-recruit from UCLA’s 2012 recruiting class, was also being investigated by the NCAA, before being cleared. Jordan Adams, another freshman from that heralded class, is also eligible this season.

Howland told Jeff Goodman of CBS that he is still waiting to hear from the NCAA .

“It’s an ongoing process. We’ve got about a month or so before we play our first game. Until that time, we’re waiting to get word from the NCAA. Beyond that, we can’t comment due to student privacy laws.

But I’m hopeful. I’m optimistic. They’re great kids and I’m really excited about the coming season.”

Howland’s optimism is tough to agree with given his current situation. He’s still unsure about whether or not his two top recruits will take the floor this season. To make matter’s worse, junior guard Tyler Lamb will be sidelined 4-6 weeks following surgery on his left knee.

This is all under the cloud of a down season, which was headlined by a cover story on Sports Illustrated, highlighting the program’s issues.

Back in July, junior center Josh Smith told reporters that he had lost 15 lbs. following the season, however before the team’s trip to China in August, Howland was unimpressed with Smith’s progress.

While UCLA awaits news about Muhammad and Anderson and the recovery of Lamb, the Bruins will need to rely on Smith and whether or not he’s in shape, as well as whether or not North Carolina transfer Larry Drew can put his past problems at point behind him and run the show at UCLA.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

 

NEW PODCAST: Pac-12 hoops, Purdue and Kansas wins, Denzel vs. Buddy … and beer!

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for me to be joined by a guest on the podcast and today, it was Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports.

Jeff is a west coast guy, so we spent some time talking about Pac-12 hoops and USC vs. Oregon. We also got into Kansas-West Virginia, Purdue’s win over Michigan State and Denzel Valentine vs. Buddy Hield.

And like me, Jeff is a bit of a beer snob, so we did have a chance to chat about some of our favorites early on. At this point, I should be sponsored by Bell’s.

Anyway, you can listen to the podcast by clicking “play” on the Soundcloud player embedded below. Or you can do so through either iTunes or Stitcher if you so choose. Thanks for listening!

VIDEO: Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has scary fall while carrying girl

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Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has turned into a fan favorite at Rupp Arena.

Every home game, during one of the TV timeouts in the second half, ‘Mony Mony’ will come on, Dancing Guy will hop into the aisle and he’ll break it down like only a middle-aged white guy from Kentucky can.

As you can see, it didn’t quite go all that well for Dancing Guy on Tuesday night, as he tried to do a rail slide while holding a young, female fan and completely ate it.

Here’s another angle of the fall:

It looks much scarier that it actually was, as all reports indicate that everyone made it through the fall healthy.