LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Reeves Nelson #22 of the UCLA Bruins controls the ball against the Loyola Marymount Lions at LA Sports Arena on November 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. LMU won 69-58. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

UCLA Basketball: Reeves Nelson Dismissed From Basketball Program

Reeves Nelson's off-the-court miscues have hindered his play on the court. But he won't be back on one until the off-the-court issues are solved.

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Decision On Suspended UCLA Bruin Reeves Nelson Expected Wednesday

UCLA star forward Reeves Nelson did not play on Tuesday night due to a suspension handed out by head coach Ben Howland. It had been rumored that both Nelson and the coaching staff were not happy with each other and his status going forward will not be known until Wednesday afternoon.

The LA Times has the update:

UCLA Coach Ben Howland said after his team's second consecutive loss to open the season that he had met with Nelson and his mother in person on Monday, with Nelson's father on speaker phone, for about 70 minutes to discuss the situation. Howland said he was also scheduled to meet alone with Nelson again Wednesday.

What would Howland need to hear from Nelson to reinstate him on the team?

"Just an understanding that he's got a lot of things that need to improve in terms of coachability, attitude, interacting with his teammates, representing the university the way we expect it to be represented," Howland said. "We'll have a long talk concerning a lot of different issues."

With the program currently in shambles and desperately seeking a chance to get back on track, one has to believe that the head coach and his talented junior forward will be able to work out their differences. For a team picked to win the Pac-12 in 2011-2012, it would be a huge blow to the Bruins if Reeves is not reinstated to the team this year.

For more on Nelson and UCLA, check out Bruins Nation.


UCLA Vs. MTSU: Reeves Nelson Suspended Going Into Maui Invitational

The UCLA Bruins will tip off against the Middle Tenn. St. Blue Raiders at the Los Angeles Sports Arena tonight at 8:00 pm PST. The game is part of the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational, matching up teams from the Island group with teams from the Mainland group. As part of the Island group, UCLA will move on to the tournament in Maui no matter the outcome of this game. 

That's good news for the Bruins, who have started their basketball season hitting sour notes. Things were pretty bad losing to the Loyola Marymount Lions 69-58 to open the season at the Sports Arena. They got worse in the days following, as Ben Howland announced he had suspended junior forward Reeves Nelson indefinitely due to attitude issue that have surfaced during the past few weeks. 

While MTSU may not roll off the tongue easily, they are not to be taken lightly. Last year's Sun Belt champions are on a two game win streak to begin the season, featuring a win over Austin Peay (who take on the #23 California Golden Bears tonight) and then a win over LMU two days after LMU beat UCLA for the first time since the second World War. MTSU will host the Mainland group in a two day tournament at the Murphy Center before the Island group has their tournament in Maui. 

This is the first ever meeting between UCLA and MTSU. In fact, MTSU only has played three games against current Pac 12 teams going 0-1 against Oregon State and 1-1 against Colorado. The only connection between these two teams is MTSU assistant coach Monte Towe who was on the 1974 NC State team that knocked the Bruins out of the tourney and a shot at their eight consecutive national title. 

Senior guard Jerime Anderson has served his suspension and will be available. Sophmore center Anthony Stover returned to limited practice this week, but will not be available. Reeves Nelson is set to have his status reevaluated later in the week. 

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