Basketball game day links: Let’s dance

Freshman Lonzo Ball leads the nation with 7.7 assists per game as No. 3 UCLA takes on No. 14 Kent State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Sacramento. (Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press)

In front of about one hundred fans at practice on Thursday in Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center, the UCLA men’s basketball team threw down windmill dunks and drained mid-court heaves. Fans roared, the marching band played and cheerleaders danced. It’s March and it’s showtime.

The third-seeded Bruins start their NCAA Tournament run Friday at 6:57 p.m. PT in Sacramento against No. 14 seed Kent State.

During Pac-12 play as the regular season crown passed them by, the Bruins brushed off a chance at conference glory for the national spotlight. On Friday night, they will have the floor, and they hope to hit all the right steps.

“It’s been a fun year to date,” senior Bryce Alford said. “Hopefully we can finish it the way that we started.”

Links for UCLA’s NCAA Tournament opener:

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  • JustOwns

    If the NCAA BB tournament were easy, the National Championship wouldn’t be worth winning.

    • 88 Straight

      If it was easy, $C would have won it at some point!

      • JustOwns

        Easy is too competitive for the bozos.

      • gotroy22

        You figure we would have won at least one in the 1890s when only 3 or 4 teams were playing it.

        • JustOwns

          I’m surprised the Bozo’s haven’t claimed they invented BB.

        • 88 Straight

          1939 was the first year, so 1890 would have been difficult. Given that Naismith invented the game in 1891 is even more problematic. SC had some good teams in the 50s.

          • gotroy22

            It’s problematic for you that you have trouble with reading comprehension as well as being a deluded Hillary intern. I said “the 1890s” not “1890”. Certainly even you know that they gave out college basketball championships before they became an official NCAA sanctioned event. Washington State claims the 1917 title.

          • 88 Straight

            Just can’t avoid the snark. I only count the NCAA Championships for basketball. WSU can count what they want as can some who think the NIT was more important at one time. Simpler that way.

      • Linkster

        without the Wooden/Gilbert power duo the bruins have won ONE NC.

        • 88 Straight

          And how many football would $C have won without Marv Goux paying players and the sports agents under Pete Carroll?

          • gotroy22

            That’s what is dumb about SC Fan trying to diminish ruin success when both schools were less the perfect in the 1960s-70s. Best to let slepping dogs lie.

          • 88 Straight

            We actually agree on something although spell check on sleeping might work for you! Before you go ballistic…it’s a joke!

        • j metaphor

          Hmmm.
          Linkster….New name familiar theme and tone.

  • sam

    Nothing about Ike’s sprained ankle or Ball’s sprained thumb?

    • JustOwns

      Huge, a bozo u Einstein points out the obvious.

      Samuel, kindly return to your hole, Inside Bozo U moderated, and where bozo u 52 – Alabama 6 is fact.

      • Linkster

        is this where ucla football (4W-8L) is fact?

        • JustOwns

          Absolutely, no need to fib. Inside UCLA doesn’t censor comments.

          Besides, Binky, UCLA was able to score TD’s in each of its losses; can bozo u FB say that?

          You could say yes, but only on Inside Bozo u, always moderated to hide the truth.

    • gotroy22

      USC wins!

  • Ed Garrett

    Doesn’t seem fair that usc got to play that extra game.