UCLA's storied NCAA Tournament history includes 18 Final Four appearances. The other reason is obviously the Bruins official invite to the tournament.
No. 11 UCLA plays No. 11 St. Bonaventure in a play-in game on Tuesday. The Bruins finished the season ranked 9th nationally, but fell in the Pac-12 Tournament championship to Oregon. LiAngelo Ball also was suspended and withdrew from school.
Louisville vacated its 2013 national title in response to a sex scandal that led to Rick Pitino's ouster.
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UCLA gained its footing and got in position for the NCAA tournament - though just barely - by closing with eight wins in 12 games. If they beat St. Bonaventure the Bruins will face Florida in Dallas on Thursday.
Some things to watch Tuesday.
Saint Bonaventure (+3½) over UCLA: First off, the St. needs to be spelled out now, following the cruel scare thrown into the good people of Olean, N.Y. - so Mike Vaccaro says - because of TBS' infuriating decision to mess with one of the few universally beloved American traditions, and reveal the teams in alphabetical order, only to screw up and list Seton Hall before Saint Bonaventure. Kinneston also earned recognition as a First Team All-Patriot League selection, while junior forward Cecily Carl earned a spot on the All-Patriot League Second Team and senior guard Maria Liddane was named to the Third Team All-Patriot League and All-Defensive Team. LIU Brooklyn (18-16) will open against Radford (22-12) in a matchup of No. 16 seeds that have never won an NCAA Tournament game. He got the Blackbirds to the NCAA tournament in his first season and will be playing in an arena that was a regular A-10 stop during his nine seasons with UMass.
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St. Bonaventure, who has had a roller coaster of a season, fell in the A-10 semifinals to Davidson on Saturday afternoon.
"Man, my heart was beating fast; I couldn't control it", Wilkes said. Their basketball future looks very murky as a pay to play scheme might knock out the Trojans from the tournament for years to come. Besides his team, his oldest son, Nate, is a guard at Bucknell, which plays Michigan State in Detroit on Friday. On the season, he averaed 12.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
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He was hit with the franchise tag the past two years, but this season the Redskins chose to let him go. At least two teams are prepared to offer the quarterback a three-year, fully guaranteed contract.