NCAA Tournament Predictions: UCLA vs. Kent State

Five editors five different predictions on how the Bruins will do in the NCAA Tournament. UCLA will tip off Friday night against Kent State in Sacramento

Editor's note: During this year's NCAA tournament, the Journal will do its best to follow the exploits of UCLA coach Steve Alford, formerly of UNM, and senior guard Bryce Alford, formerly of La Cueva.

The third-seeded Bruins fended off feisty No. 14 Kent State for a 97-80 win at Golden 1 Center that was closer than the final score showed.

The player UCLA will depend on the most in the postseason has never experienced March Madness.

In five previous trips to the NCAA Tournament, the Golden Flashes have posted a 4-5 record, including three wins and a run to the Elite Eight during the 2002 season, where they hung tough with the Indiana Hoosiers in the Regional Final. He exploded to average two points per game. "I've been here for four years now and this is the most fun that I've had playing basketball at UCLA, and we've got a lot of work left to do". "It was a battle". Competition throughout the country has been balanced, and no team can automatically be looked at and indisputably say they're the best in the country. He proudly sported a Kent State jersey during the telecast on Friday and admitted he will be openly rooting against UCLA. The freshman point guard's injury was termed a hip bruise. The UCLA offense has been humming and finished the regular season averaging 90 points per game. He landed on his side/back and was in pain afterwards. "I'm good", he said. To get ready for those games they, as they have had to do all year, need to improve their defense.

WVU Set To Face Notre Dame
They'll get a chance to own the record by themselves on Saturday against West Virginia (27-8), an 86-80 victor over Bucknell. You've got to move on quick. "At the end we started to get back to our old ways" Cook noted. "This town is a good ND town".

"He's a special talent both mentally and physically, and it's how he's wired", Alford said. "I don't think you're going to see us change tempo". He has also picked up two fouls.

"Just credit to my teammates", Ball said.

UCLA puts up 90.4 points per game, which is tops in the nation. Walker, Jimmy Hall and Deon Edwin combined for 61 points, but the rest of Kent State's roster totaled just 19, including 12 from Kevin Zabo. "And then, I thought from about the 12-minute mark of the first half, the lid came off the basket and I thought we executed very well".

When it came to basketball, LaVar chose to create his own team than go the usual AAU route, filling the roster for the Big Ballers VXT mostly with kids from the Chino Hills area. After a mild Thursday, we saw a couple more upsets through Friday's slate of games, but most of the favorites lives to fight another day headed into this weekend's second round.



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