UCLA faces St. Bonaventure in NCAA First Four Game

UCLA faces St. Bonaventure in NCAA First Four Game

The Bruins have lost in the Sweet 16 in 2014, 2015 and 2017 under Alford, who has not survived past that round in his 22 years of coaching at the Division I level.

That source said on Saturday that Stockard might well have played against the Wildcats had Bona felt it absolutely needed a win to secure its place in the NCAA Tournament. This may appear like a David vs. Goliath matchup on paper, but St. Bonaventure might actually be the favorite here. Freshman Kris Wilkes and Jaylen Hands have stepped in and been major factors to getting the Bruins to a fourth Dance in five years under Steve Alford. The Bruins first beat Stanford in the 4/5 game.

The Bruins open the tournament in Dayton today at the bottom of the bracket looking up, an unexpected development for a team that started the season with an worldwide controversy and ended it with another spot in the tournament - albeit one of the least desirable.

"On" Selection Monday" as it was dubbed, it was finally revealed where the Bruins would be seeded, where and when they will play and who they will face. UCLA's 9.4 three-pointers made per game rank second in the Pac-12. The Bruins are playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 49th time. "And now we're in the NCAA Tournament, and that's a very good accomplishment".

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Radford ended the season on a 7-0 SU run that includes a 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS run through the Big South tournament to win the conference championship.

UCLA needs Holiday to shine in the tournament much like the Oklahoma Sooners are going to be dependent on Trae Young when it's their turn to take the court. To stop this, it is critical that Aaron Holiday show up and that he does plenty damage to the Bonnies and gets UCLA into the next round where a date with Florida awaits.

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is set to begin tonight with the First Four at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. If it remains where it is at - UCLA -3, then bet the Bruins. Their biggest outright win from their schedule, in my opinion, was their win over Buffalo while they also split two games they played against Rhode Island, winning one in which Rhode Island was ranked in the top 25.

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