UCLA Freshman Shabazz Muhammad Questionable for Wednesday’s Game Against USC

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On Tuesday afternoon, UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad did not participate in practice, sparking a few various reports about his condition leading into the Bruins’ game against USC.

The Trojans will travel to UCLA on Wednesday night for a rivalry showdown that’s virtually a must-win for the Bruins given the fact that they have now dropped two of their past three games. The health and production of Muhammad has been a pivotal key for head coach Ben Howland and with some winnable home contests on the immediate horizon, the Bruins have the capability of keeping the pressure on Oregon atop the standings.

As for Muhammad, the reason that he missed practice on Tuesday and is officially listed as questionable for Wednesday night’s game, is an illness. Howland said that Muhammad started feeling ill on Monday and has been dealing with a fever and flu-like symptoms ever since. Fellow Bruin freshman Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson both missed practice time last week with similar symptoms, although UCLA does not believe the sicknesses are connected.

“Yesterday at the end of practice he was fine,” Howland told Peter Yoon of ESPNLA.com. “He was great. I talked to him today, but he’s down. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. I think it’s too early to say whether or not he’ll play and if he does, how he’ll do.”

At this juncture, it does appear like Muhammad will wait things out on Wednesday, leading up to the start of the game. It is more than likely however, that the freshman will suit up and hit the court, especially in a crosstown rivalry game like this one.

 

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