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08:21 AM ET 11.26 | Freshman phenom Shabazz Muhammad finally made his long-awaited Pauley Pavilion debut Sunday -- though the results were far from ideal. [As] the nation's No. 1 recruit walked off the floor past stunned onlookers and stood at the podium following UCLA's embarrassing 70-68 loss to Cal Poly, a 2-2 Big West team, the Bruins didn't just look unfinished. They looked broken. With massive potential on a roster that was ranked 11th in the nation, the Bruins watched as an 18-point lead with 12:21 remaining evaporated into thin air. ... Botched plays led to bad shots. And in the final few minutes, as Cal Poly pulled down three key offensive rebounds down the stretch, UCLA just didn't look like it was trying hard enough.

The Orange County Register

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November 26, 2012  08:51 AM ET
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See, should have went to Kentucky.

No, the mods should allow pic posting on hoops threads. THAT, is more productive.

November 26, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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But we have not looked so hot so far this season too, but not as broken.

Crapilari Wildrats are just playing possum!

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November 26, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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What will it take for Howland not to be fired.. Final Four trip???????

Motorcycle and a good looking athletic department chick.

November 26, 2012  09:43 AM ET

It's a Long Season, with a lot of learning for all freshmen, I would have like to seen Shabby at UNLV!!!

November 26, 2012  09:56 AM ET

LUS good, Arky bad........Woo Pig Fooie

November 26, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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What will it take for Howland not to be fired.. Final Four trip???????

Based on how bad last year went, with the talent he pulled in this year??? He probably has to make the Sweet Sixteen to keep his job.

November 26, 2012  11:13 AM ET

Howland should have been fired a year ago, or last summer at the latest. He has lost it as a coach, if he ever had it to begin with. Can't disregard his three straight final fours, but those teams had some amazing talent on them and his teams have greatly under achieved ever since, not to mention the article about the team's problem in last year's SI.

November 26, 2012  12:30 PM ET

LOL, where in the hell do these idiot mods get these articles???? UCLA is 5-2 and all of a sudden, it's panic time and they should fire Howland!!!!!!

November 26, 2012  07:12 PM ET

A loss in November, no big deal. Losses (and wins) in March are those that matter.

November 26, 2012  10:10 PM ET
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LOL, where in the hell do these idiot mods get these articles???? UCLA is 5-2 and all of a sudden, it's panic time and they should fire Howland!!!!!!

A loss to Cal Poly is not good at any time of the year. Besides, it's not just the loss its how they lost that is a problem. Howlands calling card is supposed to be defense, fundamentals and hard work. We have not seen any of that the past two years and it looks like nothing is changing. UCLA gets all americans that do nothing once they get on campus, then they blossum once they get to the NBA.

November 27, 2012  01:23 AM ET

I grew up in Wisconsin loving the old guard of UCLA basketball, and when the Bucks got the great Lew Alcindor from them, I continued to follow them through the Bill Walton years too. It's a shame to see them like this, a distant memory, and a joke of their once great past.

 
November 27, 2012  03:53 PM ET

Say goodnight, Ben.

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