In their first game since kicking Reeves Nelson off the team, the UCLA Bruins look to get back into the win column on Saturday afternoon facing the Penn Quakers in Anaheim. The junior forward, who led the team in scoring and rebounding last season, was dismissed on Friday.
"It’s definitely a distraction and we don’t need any distractions. It’s tough enough to come together without being distracted," coach Ben Howland said on Friday. "It’s a tough situation with them (the team) because many of them are close friends with Reeves off the floor."
Here are the details of Saturday's contest:
Teams: UCLA (2-5), Penn (5-5)
Game Time: 4:03 p.m. PST
Location: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
TV: Fox Sports West, with Joel Meyers on play-by-play, Don MacLean as analyst and Dain Blanton on the sideline
Radio: KLAC 570 AM, Sirius channel 93, and the UCLA Sports Network, with Chris Roberts on play-by-play and Tracy Murray as analyst.
Series History: UCLA leads their series with Penn 1-0, winning their only meeting 98-49 on December 14, 1987 at Pauley Pavilion, back when Trevor Wilson (21 points, 11 rebounds) was a Bruins.
Injuries: UCLA guard Norman Powell was hospitalized earlier in the week after having an allergic reaction to something he ate, and is probable for Saturday's game. Guard Lazeric Jones has a left foot injury but he practiced Friday and will play Saturday.
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