UCLA will meet Gonzaga in Sweet 16, nine years after Adam Morrison


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.

Morrison returned to school and became a student assistant on Mark Few’s staff in 2013.

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.

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PHOTOS: UCLA beats UAB, earns second straight Sweet 16 trip

Photos from UCLA’s 92-75 win over UAB on Saturday, March 21, one that pushed the Bruins to their second straight Sweet 16. (AP/Getty)

– After one of his worst games this season, Tony Parker put up Kevin Love-type numbers to help UCLA put down UAB.
– UCLA is now heading to its second straight Sweet 16, thanks to a versatile roster — with five starters having topped 25 points this season.

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VIDEO: Norman Powell talks about reaching his second Sweet 16

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.”

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