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November 10, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Six wins, one very big loss for Pac-12

The Pac-12 ran the table in Friday’s men’s college basketball season opener, but the conference lost arguably its best player when the NCAA rule UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad ineligible.
UCLA is going to appeal the decision and hopes the 6-6 shooting guard will be able to play this season. Not sure how likely that is considering Muhammad has basically admitted he took improper benefits while making recruiting trips to North Carolina and Duke.
Here’s a look at Friday night’s results.
— Without Muhammad, No. 13 UCLA destroyed Indiana State in the second half to roll to an 86-59 win over Indiana State. The other freshman led the way. Forward Jordan Adams finished with a game-high 21 points and Kyle Anderson had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
— UCLA received bad news from the NCAA, but its cross-town rival USC got good news when the NCAA ruled transfer Omar Oraby, a 7-2 center from Rice, can play immediately. He started the season opener against Coppin State and led the Trojans to an 87-73 win. Oraby had 16 points and six rebounds in only 14 minutes. Here’s the video highlights.
— Stanford (1-0) looked sluggish in the first half and led by a point at halftime before blowing out San Francisco and cruising to a 74-62 victory. Dwight Powell scored a career high 27 points. Here’s the video highlights.
— Easy 74-59 win for Colorado, which had no problems with Wofford College. Despite what’s being said publicly, the Buffaloes have to be concerned about their depth after freshman forward Wesley Gordon chose to redshirt this season rather than play a supporting role with limited minutes off the bench. CU’s other standout freshman Josh Scott scored a team-high 14 points. An announced crowd of 10,611 watched the game. It was the largest non-conference regular-season crowd in school history and the 10th sellout of the Tad Boyle era. Here’s the video highlights.
— Oregon State may have lost its leading scorer Jared Cunningham, but the Beavers 102-83 win over Niagara proves they still have a lot of firepower. Six OSU players scored in double figures, including Roberto Nelson who had a team-high 22 points. Here’s the video highlights.
— Utah also topped the century mark while downing Willamette in a feel-good 104-47 victory that could be signs of a recovery after last season’s 6-25 campaign. Freshman swingman Jordan Loveridge had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

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