One of UCLA's biggest wins or losses this season could be determined during a hearing expected Friday.
If the NCAA appeals committee sides with UCLA in the hearing concerning Shabazz Muhammad, the currently ineligible freshman basketball player would probably be available to play for the Bruins immediately.
But if the committee denies UCLA's appeal, Muhammad, a highly rated 6-foot-6 swingman from Las Vegas, would have to go through a reinstatement process to regain his eligibility.
"I'm hopeful," UCLA Coach Howland said Thursday after his team's 100-70 win against James Madison at Pauley Pavilion. "Praying and hopeful."