Missouri vs. UCLA: Why This Will Be Shabazz Muhammad's Breakout Game

From Bleacher Report - College Basketball
December 28, 2012 - 3:24pm

Shabazz Muhammad and UCLA came into this season with sky-high expectations. The Bruins not only nabbed the best recruit in Muhammad, but added other high-profile freshmen in Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson. UCLA had title hopes.Then reality came crashing down as UCLA started by going 5-3 in their first eight games, and Muhammad looked slow and overweight. This was not what UCLA had in mind.But things have certainly changed a bit. UCLA is now 9-3 and the freshmen are starting to live up to expectations. Adams is averaging 18 points a game, while Anderson is the team's top rebounder.Still, if UCLA is to become a title contender, it will be on Muhammad to lead the way. There are some encouraging signs.In the last three games, Muhammad is averaging 24.3 PPG, while shooting 26-for-47 from the field (55 percent) and 50 percent from downtown.In addition, Muhammad is starting to lose some of the ...


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