How Shabazz Muhammad Can Lead UCLA Deep into the NCAA Tournament

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How Shabazz Muhammad Can Lead UCLA Deep into the NCAA Tournament
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UCLA has a good basketball team. With Jordan Adams playing, they were becoming very good. But Adams is gone and the Tournament is here. That is the hard reality.

Shabazz Muhammad is a special player; he is special for his size, for his skill, but most of all, for his competitive determination. The top block of John Wooden's Pyramid of Success was the unbreakable stone of "Competitive Greatness."

That means being at your best when the moment can be conquered with nothing less. For UCLA and Muhammad, that moment has arrived grinningly at the door.

What follows are the four elements Muhammad must harness in his sail—clippering his team behind the luckiest of early spring trade winds—to carry UCLA to Atlanta and the promised land of March.   

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