UCLA senior forward Travis Wear was diagnosed with appendicitis on Monday night.
Will a demanding UCLA fan base be happy with the progress of the Bruins program under Steve Alford. Only if these questions are answered in a positive manner:
After firing Ben Howland, UCLA will turn to Steve Alford to bring the glory back to Westwood. Can he do it?
Steve Alford has only gone to one Sweet 16 in nearly 20 years. But he has never had a job like UCLA, where there's talent everywhere he'll turn. The former New Mexico coach needs players -- and he already has a pair of huge fans in two guys with major influence in the state.
UCLA enters Wednesday's game at Washington State ranked 23rd with a 12-4 record in the Pac-12 that has the Bruins tied atop the league standings. So things are going well for this team that starts three freshmen. But there's still a vibe of uncertainty surrounding the program because nobody has said for sure, because nobody can say for sure that Ben Howland will return for his 11th season.
Four players have injury updates for the weekend, with two of them out, one returning and one up in the air.
UCLA was a train wreck back in November. The Bruins looked out of shape, couldn't guard anyone -- and had lost to yet another Big West program. We're about seven weeks removed from the loss to Cal Poly -- and Ben Howland's team has turned itself back into a Pac-12 contender.
As Pac-12 conference play opens, UCLA guard Kyle Anderson feels more at ease with his team.
UCLA head coach is ready to take on the Pac-12.
Oregon picked up a big win over Nebraska, but the biggest win in the Pac-12 on Saturday belonged to Arizona, which upset No. 5 Florida with a bucket in the game's final seconds.

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