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:
- After an unfortunately timed malfunction at the Pac-12 Tournament, the UCLA offense is ready for a reboot in Sacramento.
- Indiana needs a new head coach and Steve Alford‘s name is already in the mix
- From columnist Mark Whicker: Does Alford’s return to Indiana make sense? Yes… and no.
- LaVar Ball has support from Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin
- From earlier this week
- Video interviews