Florida ends UCLA’s season with 79-68 win in Sweet Sixteen

Photo gallery from UCLA’s 79-68 loss to Florida in the Sweet Sixteen, ending the Bruins’ season at Memphis’ FedEx Forum.

The Gators have now knocked UCLA out of the NCAA tournament in four of the Bruins’ last seven trips. Full game story here.

At a glance: No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin

NCAA Tournament, South Region
Round of 64:
No. 4 UCLA (27-8) vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin (32-2)
When: Sunday, 4:10 p.m. PT, Viejas Arena (San Diego State)
TV: TBS (Andrew Catalon, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston)
Radio: AM 570 (Chris Roberts, Tracy Murray)

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN LUMBERJACKS
RPI/Pomeroy ranking: 52 / 44

Best wins: Friday night’s 77-75 overtime upset of Virginia Commonwealth, by far. VCU — which had a No. 13 RPI — was only Stephen F. Austin’s second top-100 RPI opponent this season, and probably deserved to win until it fouled on a 3-point attempt while up four points. A 29-win streak usually requires some breaks, and the Lumberjacks benefited from the Rams’ bone-headed play.

Besides that, SFA’s Southland Conference schedule didn’t really offer anyone of note. Its 10-point win over Towson (RPI 100) in December would be the next bullet point on the resume. Continue reading “At a glance: No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin” »

Basketball roundup: The Wooden family, coaching parallels, and 1994

The NCAA tournament’s round of 64 officially starts today, so hopefully you all filled out your brackets for a chance at Warren Buffett’s $1 billion. UCLA doesn’t tip off until Friday at around 7 p.m., but in the meantime, here’s a roundup of some of the coverage so far in this week’s Daily News:

— The Woodens are working to make sure their family legacy lives on.
— Danny Manning and Steve Alford’s careers have a few curious parallels.
— Tyus Edney reflects on UCLA’s 1994 loss to Tulsa, a game he ranks as the most disappointing of his college career.

VIDEO: Steve Alford talks to media before UCLA heads to NCAA tournament

UCLA left for San Diego on Tuesday afternoon, but head coach Steve Alford spoke to the media about the NCAA tournament beforehand. He talked about Tulsa’s defense, its leading scorer James Woodard, and Wanaah Bail’s injury.

At a glance: No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 13 Tulsa

NCAA Tournament, South Region
Round of 64:
No. 4 UCLA (26-8) vs. No. 13 Tulsa (21-12)
When: Friday, 6:57 p.m. PT, Viejas Arena (San Diego State)
TV: truTV

TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE
RPI/Pomeroy ranking: 73 / 68

Best wins: A 69-60 victory over Louisiana Tech (27-7) to seize the C-USA tournament on Saturday, as well as wins over Middle Tennessee State (24-9) on Friday and in January. Continue reading “At a glance: No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 13 Tulsa” »