1. Shabazz Muhammad ruled ineligible
UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad is ruled ineligible.
Prior to UCLA opening the new Pauley Pavilion against Indiana State UCLA announced star freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad had been deemed ineligible by the NCAA and wouldn't be allowed to play at this time for UCLA.
How long UCLA will be without Muhammad is still in question because the NCAA didn't give an exact time table for the return. The loss of Muhammad is a huge one for UCLA as well as the Pac-12.
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero issued this statement regarding the ruling by the NCAA:
"The NCAA has finally determined that a violation of the NCAA amateurism rules has occurred involving UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad and his family. As a result, he is ineligible for competition at this time. We are extremely disappointed that the NCAA has made this determination."
"The University and our compliance staff have fully cooperated with the NCAA throughout this entire period, and we believe the decision is incorrect and unjust to Shabazz. UCLA will expeditiously pursue its options to challenge this determination. When a final resolution has been reached by the NCAA, we will swiftly communicate the news to the entire Bruin family."
2. Eric Moreland stars for Beavers in opener
Oregon State is going to see what life is like without Jared Cunningham this season and if sophomore forward Eric Moreland continues to play like he did in Oregon State's season opening win against Niagara the Beavers will quickly forget Cunningham.
Moreland filled the state sheet in just 28 minutes finishing with 14 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks, and two assists while also making all seven of his shots. The Beavers brought back everyone from last season's team but Cunningham and if the sophomore can do that look out.
Moreland posted his fourth career double-double and tied his career high in points while also posting a career high seven made baskets.
3. Dwight Powell had a career night with offense flowing through him
Stanford junior forward Dwight Powell came to Stanford with lofty expectations and in his first two seasons he's showed signs of living up to them but also disappeared at times.
Now as a junior the 6-foot-10 forward had a career night to open the season against San Francisco as the Cardinal won 74-62. Powell finished the game with a career high 27 points, seven rebounds, and blocked one shot. Stanford is expected to play for an NCAA Tournament appearance this season and Powell will be a big reason why they will get there.
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