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08:14 AM ET 10.11 | Across three media tour appearances on Wednesday, UCLA coach Ben Howland found a familiar theme. [All] everyone wanted to know was whether freshmen Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson will be eligible to play this season. At the Southern California annual basketball college coaches luncheon, Howland talked about his four freshmen as a group but did not comment about either player's status. Asked if there is an update on the status of either player, a UCLA official said no. "Shabazz Muhammad wasn't able to make the trip (to China). He had a really rough summer," Howland said. "He sprained his ankle and was out for two months. Everyone knows he's the No. 1 player coming out of the country. It will be fun to work with him."

The Orange County Register

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October 11, 2012  08:36 AM ET

Hey Mods. How about holding off on these hoops threads 'til hoops season?

I'll even say please.

PLEASE

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October 11, 2012  09:42 AM ET

Gotta salute you, LUS, for being a stand up guy and paying off your bet. I'd offer you a bucket to throw up in, but I'm sure you have that covered.

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October 11, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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Its killing me.. lmao.... but this is the rule.. up my post count..praise my new team.. setting the examples for the next person.. But like i said on the pick'm.. its ONLY Thursday..yikes...

I know it's killing you, but you gotta take your medicine...Got a feeling there are some here that wouldn't do the same.

Going to be very interesting when you guys come to Kyle... ;)

October 11, 2012  10:01 AM ET
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Its killing me.. lmao.... but this is the rule.. up my post count..praise my new team.. setting the examples for the next person.. But like i said on the pick'm.. its ONLY Thursday..yikes...

How is work going? Probably neck deep in BS from the Gator fans.

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October 11, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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Yeah... Hotta honor the bet/Pick'm... whats the point if you dont..especially since I do the leg work.. going to be krazy next week as well...not at work... But on the LSU site for sure...Plus Freek and that CuppyCup dude is having a GIF showdown starting Monday I believe..

Heh. Always interesting this week for me. Got friends on both sides asking me, 'whou you root for? 0U or theh whinyorange?' I always tell em it depends on which side I have money on.

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October 11, 2012  10:27 AM ET
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Gotta salute you, LUS, for being a stand up guy and paying off your bet. I'd offer you a bucket to throw up in, but I'm sure you have that covered.

LOL, I swear LUS is part female, he/she has been a real ****, since LSU lost last week end!! :-)

October 11, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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LOL, I swear LUS is part female, he/she has been a real ****, since LSU lost last week end!! :-)

****= B*TCH!!!!!

October 11, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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LOL, I swear LUS is part female, he/she has been a real ****, since LSU lost last week end!! :-)

Oh hell with it, I'm going fishing, I have my bait, I ready!!!

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October 11, 2012  10:56 AM ET
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Yeah... Hotta honor the bet/Pick'm... whats the point if you dont..especially since I do the leg work.. going to be krazy next week as well...not at work... But on the LSU site for sure...Plus Freek and that CuppyCup dude is having a GIF showdown starting Monday I believe..

**** board???

 
October 11, 2012  10:57 AM ET
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**** board???

F-ark board???

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