It’s almost been a decade since Gus Johnson yelled out those words on the broadcast of UCLA’s 73-71 comeback win over Gonzaga. On the brink of losing in the Sweet 16, those Bruins somehow stormed back from a 17-point deficit against the Bulldogs and Adam Morrison, the Oscar Robertson Trophy winner. The moment has been enshrined as one of the classics of March Madness.
I’m guessing he didn’t imagine seeing a rematch in this year’s Sweet 16. No. 11-seed UCLA and second-seeded Gonzaga will tip off Friday at 4:15 p.m. PT in Houston’s NRG Stadium. The Bruins opened as a 9.5-point underdog.
UCLA freshman Kevon Looney logged his 16th double-double in a 92-75 win over UAB in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32. He talked about how the Bruins were so successful inside, scoring 52 points in the paint.
Norman Powell is closing his career at UCLA with another journey into the NCAA Tournament, getting to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year after Saturday’s 92-75 win over UAB. Asked whether this run has been more satisfying than last year’s, the senior said both feel great.
“I’m just glad that the freshmen were able to have their first season hitting the Sweet 16,” Powell said. “I was joking around with Tom (Welsh) — my freshman year, I was at home watching March Madness. For him to experience that, it’s great to see these guys excited.”