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

    Nov 29, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

    Legends Classic - UCLA v Georgia

    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…

  2. Second half collapse highlights concerns regarding No. 11 UCLA

    Nov 26, 2012, 2:01 AM EST

    Ben Howland

    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…

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

    Nov 20, 2012, 12:18 AM EST

    Legends Classic - UCLA v Georgetown

    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…

  4. Keith Appling shows he can be Michigan State’s closer

    Nov 13, 2012, 11:38 PM EST

    State Farm Champions Classic - Michigan State v Kansas

    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…

  5. The Morning Mix

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

  6. UCLA fans wear “Free Shabazz” shirts Friday night

    Nov 10, 2012, 7:00 AM EST

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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…

  7. Shabazz Muhammad ruled ineligible for amateurism rules violation, UCLA plans to appeal

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:54 PM EST

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    UCLA freshman wing Shabazz Muhammad has been ruled ineligible for a violation of amateur rules, the school announced Friday evening. The school gave no specific timeframe, but plans to appeal the ruling. “The NCAA has finally determined that a violation of the NCAA amateurism rules has occurred involving UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad and his…

  8. Wake Forest loses 6’10” Green to injury

    Oct 28, 2012, 12:32 AM EST

    ACC Wake Forest Maryland Basketball

    In my ACC preview, I suggested that Jeff Bzdelik was the league coach most likely to get himself fired this season. Wake last made the NCAA tournament in 2010 under Dino Gaudio. Gaudio was fired for his troubles, and Bzdelik was hired after a rambling search process, baffling many. The program that rode tie-dye power…

  9. Memphis hopes ‘cutthroat rebounding’ improves prowess on boards

    Oct 22, 2012, 5:45 PM EST

    Memphis v Georgetown

    Anytime you hear the word ‘cutthroat’, chances are the meaning attached isn’t pretty. That applies to Memphis’ new rebounding drill. An article by Jason Smith of the Memphis Commercial Appeal details the Tigers’ new practice ritual for developing a killer instinct for hitting the boards. It’s ‘Cutthroat Rebounding.’ An assistant fires a shot from the…

  10. Injury bug bites UCLA as forward David Wear suffers a sprained ankle in practice

    Oct 21, 2012, 10:16 PM EST

    David Wear

    Less than two weeks after Tyler Lamb underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery another UCLA Bruin is injured, as the Associated Press reported that senior forward David Wear sprained his right ankle in practice on Sunday. Wear, who averaged 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season, will undergo X-rays on his ankle on Monday…

  11. Myck Kabongo practicing with Texas as Longhorns wait for word from NCAA

    Oct 21, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Myck Kabongo

    Texas sophomore Myck Kabongo will practice with the Longhorns as the NCAA continues to investigate his case, involving a look into the nature of his relationship with a professional agent. According to Texas head coach Rick Barnes, as reported by the Associated Press, Kabongo has not been ruled ineligible by the NCAA and the school’s…

  12. Top 25 Countdown: No. 11 San Diego State Aztecs

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - North Carolina State v San Diego State

    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of the Top 25, click here.…

  13. Preseason Big East Player of the Year: the gift and the curse?

    Oct 18, 2012, 2:43 PM EST

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    At Big East media day on Wednesday it was announced that the coaches selected Louisville senior point guard Peyton Siva as their preseason Player of the Year. That’s quite the honor for Siva, who is coming off of a season in which he struggled with health early but once at full strength helped lead the…

  14. Pac-12 preview: Influx of talent should result in an improved product

    Oct 17, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

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    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of the Conference Previews we’ve published, click here.…

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

    Oct 12, 2012, 5:35 PM EST

    Howland

    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…

  16. Steve Fisher: “Right now, it’s not the best team we’ve had”

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - North Carolina State v San Diego State

    The last time Steve Fisher coached a team with this much hype he was 20 years younger in Ann Arbor and his starting lineup consisted of the Fab Five. Not even in 2010-2011, when his Aztec team went 34-3 and produced two NBA Draft picks, including Kawhi Leonard, has Fisher had a team that entered…

  17. Knee surgery successful for UCLA’s Tyler Lamb

    Oct 10, 2012, 1:29 PM EST

    Tyler Lamb

    UCLA announced Monday that guard Tyler Lamb would be undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday and the school has now confirmed that the procedure was a success. Following the operation, Lamb will now miss four to six weeks, putting his return some time in mid- to late November. With the Bruins’ opener set…

  18. Top 25 Countdown: No. 20 North Carolina Tar Heels

    Oct 8, 2012, 12:57 PM EST

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Kansas v North Carolina

    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of the Top 25, click here.…

  19. Top 25 Countdown: No. 25 UCLA Bruins

    Oct 1, 2012, 2:07 PM EST

    UCLA v Arizona - Quarterfinals

    Throughout the month of October, CollegeBasketballTalk will be rolling out our previews for the 2012-2013 season. Check back at 9 a.m. and just after lunch every day, Monday-Friday, for a new preview item. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. To look at the rest of the Top 25, click here.…

  20. San Diego State lands an excellent perimeter defender in 2013 wing Dakarai Allen

    Sep 13, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Tony Bland, Steve Fisher

    One year after landing one of the best perimeter defenders in the 2012 class in Winston Shepard, San Diego State got even stronger in that regard with the verbal commitment of 2013 small forward Dakarai Allen. Nephew of former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Larry Allen, Dakarai committing to a school headed to the Big West…

  21. Findlay Prep (Nev.) newcomer Allerik Freeman commits to Ben Howland and UCLA

    Sep 9, 2012, 9:37 AM EST

    Washington State v UCLA

    UCLA is still awaiting word from the NCAA on the eligibility of some of its top 2012 recruits, but the Bruins got good news in the meantime when coach Ben Howland secured a commitment from 2013 top-100 prospect Allerik Freeman Saturday while he was on an official visit to Westwood. Freeman tweeted the news Saturday…

  22. The latest on the NCAA’s investigation of UCLA

    Sep 4, 2012, 4:47 PM EST

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    The most intriguing story line heading into the 2012-2013 season is the investigation surrounding the loaded recruiting class currently enrolled at UCLA. Many expect the Bruins to make a return to national prominence this season, thanks in large part to the additions of Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Tony Parker and Jordan Adams. Muhammad and Anderson…

  23. The Morning Mix

    Sep 4, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Anybody else a huge fan of not having to work on Mondays? I could really get comfortable with that. Glad we’re all in agreement. Let’s hit the links. – In case you missed it, the NCAA is now investigating UCLA freshman Tony Parker and Kyle Anderson. The third member of the trio, Shabazz Muhammad is…

  24. Recent NCAA inquiry at UCLA focuses on Anderson, not Parker

    Sep 3, 2012, 8:57 PM EST

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    The NCAA had been investigating UCLA’s top three recruits for 2012: Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker. Now – much to the continued chagrin of the Bruin fanbase — it’s just focusing on the top two. Muhammad and Anderson. Parker, a 6-9 power forward from Georgia, had been the subject of an inquiry. But,…

  25. Bill Walton’s returning to broadcasting with the Pac-12 Networks

    Aug 30, 2012, 10:08 AM EST

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    After taking two years off to deal with serious back issues, Bill Walton will be back on television serving as a color analyst on both the Pac-12 Networks and ESPN. The former UCLA great spent 20-plus years behind a microphone after his playing career ended with the Boston Celtics in 1987, covering the NBA, college…