Already without one of its top freshmen, UCLA hopes an injury will not keep another from taking the court Thursday night.
After narrowly avoiding a major upset in their second game of the season, the No. 13 Bruins hope to have freshman guard Kyle Anderson in the lineup against visiting James Madison as they continue regional play in the Legends Classic.
With prized freshman Shabazz Muhammad still ineligible for what the NCAA cited as a violation of amateurism rules, UCLA (2-0) blew an early 12-point lead and needed overtime to beat UC Irvine 80-79 on Tuesday. Fellow freshman Jordan Adams scored 26 points off the bench and Anderson added 10 with seven rebounds as the Bruins overcame 37.8 percent shooting at newly renovated Pauley Pavilion.
"We were lucky. That was a very fortunate win for us," said coach Ben Howland, whose team is off to a better start than last season, when the Bruins opened with home losses to Loyola Marymount and Middle Tennessee.
The 6-foot-9 Anderson, who jo...