UCLA kicked off the 2012-13 season in impressive fashion despite the absence of arguably the nation's top recruit.
While it could be a while before Shabazz Muhammad debuts, the Bruins appear to have more than enough talent to get by.
Looking to open 2-0 at the new and improved Pauley Pavilion, No. 13 UCLA tries for a seventh consecutive win over UC Irvine on Tuesday night in the regional round of the Legends Classic.
Coach Ben Howland's program entered this season with sky-high expectations after Muhammad chose the Bruins over Kentucky and Duke. The highly coveted freshman, though, was ruled ineligible about 80 minutes before Friday's 86-59 win over Indiana State, with the NCAA citing a violation of amateurism rules.
"He's handling it extremely well, the best he possibly could," said fellow newcomer Kyle Anderson, who was cleared to play in the preseason after a separate NCAA investigation. "He's keeping his composure and working hard waiting for the day he can get back out ther...