Saturday, November 24, 2012
First look: Cal Poly at UCLA
By Peter Yoon
What: Cal Poly Mustangs (1-2) at UCLA Bruins (4-1)
When: Sunday, 7 p.m. PT
Where: Pauley Pavilion
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Radio: AM 570
Scouting the Bruins: The return to eligibility of Shabazz Muhammad proved fruitful for the Bruins when Muhammad scored 21 points in a 60-56 victory over Georgia on Tuesday that gave the Bruins a split in their two games at the Legends Classic in New York. Muhammad averaged 18 points in his first two games as a Bruin and UCLA figures only to improve as the team works out the chemistry in a lineup that is young and hasn't played together all that much. Jordan Adams leads the team with 19.6 points a game, and the Bruins have held opponents to 41 percent shooting this season.
Scouting the Mustangs: Forward Chris Eversley has two double-doubles in three games and leads the team with 14.3 points and seven rebounds per game. Eversley, a 6-foot-7 junior, closed last season with eight consecutive double-doubles. The Mustangs, who lost their last game 76-67 to Fresno State, were picked seventh in the Big West preseason poll after advancing to the conference tournament semifinals last season. Freshman forward Brian Bennett (6-foot-9) is shooing 57.9 percent from the field.
The series: UCLA leads the series, 5-0. In their last meeting on Dec. 11, 2010, UCLA won, 72-61.
Fast fact: This game will mark the home debut for Muhammad, projected to be one of the top freshmen in the country this season. Muhammad was declared ineligible before UCLA's Nov. 9 season opener and was reinstated Nov. 16 -- the day after UCLA's last home game against James Madison.
Quick quote: "I just think that we've got a long way to go. We're not very good in any one specific area right now." -- Coach Ben Howland on the status of his team after playing Georgetown and Georgia in New York.