The UCLA basketball team will hold practices on Monday and Tuesday in preparation for exhibition games in China over the next week.
With the Bruins scheduled to depart from Los Angeles International Airport at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, Coach Ben Howland said he likes the 10 extra sessions that the NCAA allows for schools participating in international competition.
"It has really helped us to practice as a team," he said. "That gives us an early start on the season, which is a big year for us."
Freshman standout Shabazz Muhammad, still being investigated by the NCAA in regard to possible improper benefits, will not make the trip. Another top newcomer, Tony Parker, will travel with the team but is recuperating from a hamstring injury and might not play.