UCLA coach Ben Howland says he likely will bring sophomore center Josh Smith off the bench in order to help keep him out of foul trouble.
Elsewhere . . .
– UCLA junior forward Reeves Nelson injured his ankle in practice Tuesday and may not play in the Friday opener vs. Loyola Marymount.
– New Pac-12 member Utah will be without senior center David Foster for an indefinite period because of scheduled foot surgery, and junior guard Chris Hines will be out 2 to 4 weeks with a rib injury. Here’s more.
– USC coach Kevin O’Neill says that if 5-foot-7 sophomore guard Maurice Jones is injured and must sit out, Trojans fans shouldn’t bother coming to games.
– Washington 7-foot center Aziz Ndiaye, who suffered a concussion in an Oct. 30 scrimmage vs. Santa Clara, has been cleared to play in the Huskies’ opener Saturday against Georgia State.