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Departed center Joshua Smith graced the cover of UCLA’s game program last night

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With the departure of junior center Joshua Smith, UCLA is down to eight scholarship players. But the news of Smith deciding to leave the program came too late for the people in charge of selecting a cover photo for the game program for Wednesday’s game against Cal State Northridge. Smith graced the cover of the [more]

Second half collapse highlights concerns regarding No. 11 UCLA

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It was over. The game was over. After a pair of Shabazz Muhammad free throws with just over 12 minutes remaining UCLA held a 51-33 lead on Cal Poly. And given the deliberate style of play that the Mustangs prefer, there surely was no way that the Bruins could lose. But they did. Joe Callero’s [more]

Unfair to rush to any judgement on UCLA after Shabazz’s first game

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BROOKLYN – All things considered, Shabazz Muhammad didn’t play too badly in his first game as a collegian. He finished with 15 points on 5-10 shooting in 25 minutes of action, although a couple of those buckets came in the final minute with the outcome, a 78-70 loss to Georgetown in the semifinals of the [more]

Keith Appling shows he can be Michigan State’s closer

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ATLANTA – Keith Appling finished with 17 points and four assists in Friday’s season-opening loss to UConn on Ramstein Air Force base in Germany, but that solid stat-line does an impressive job of hiding the truth about his performance: Appling played far from his best game, failed to get Michigan State consistent quality shots down [more]

The Morning Mix

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We’re eight hours in to Marathon Madness, and we’ve retained most of our sanity thus far. If you’re up for the challenge, there’s a basketball game on TV/your computer right now. Here’s what’s going on in today’s Morning Mix:   Tuesday’s Top Games: 6:00 a.m. – Stony Brook @ Rider 8:00 a.m. – Northern Illinois [more]

UCLA fans wear “Free Shabazz” shirts Friday night

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UCLA fans are demanding justice, regarding heralded freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad. The 6-foot-6 star recruit was ruled ineligible hours before UCLA home opener against Indiana State. According to the NCAA, Muhammad “accepted travel and lodging during three unofficial visits to two NCAA member schools,” which is a violation of amateurism rules. Muhammad was the headliner [more]