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.”
Two days after one of his worst games of the season, UCLA center Tony Parker erupted for a career-high 28 points and 12 rebounds. In a 92-75 win over UAB that put them in a second consecutive Sweet 16, the Bruins benefited from the Blazers’ lack of double teams inside.
“I really thought they were going to double-team me,” Parker said. “Their coach decided not to. That was his and his staff’s decision. Good luck with that.”
The 6-foot-9 junior became the first UCLA player to record at least 28 points and 12 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game since Kevin Love in 2008.