The UCLA students conducted their usual pregame roll call Wednesday night, chanting each player’s name and rhythmically clapping until being acknowledged with a hand wave.
There were a few notable absences.
Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were excluded from the routine after being suspended indefinitely from the team earlier in the day for their role in a shoplifting spree at a mall in China last week.
The trio did not attend No. 23 UCLA’s 106-101 overtime victory over Central Arkansas at Pauley Pavilion in the Bruins’ home opener. About the only reminder of the suspended players were a few students wearing Ball jerseys, though it was the No. 2 made...