Fresh off the heels of their Pac-12 Tournament championship game win over the Arizona Wildcats, the UCLA Bruins on Selection Sunday were placed as the fourth seed in the South bracket of the NCAA tournament.
The Bruins on Friday will face the 13th seeded Tulsa Golden Hurricane (21-11), who made the big dance by winning the Conference USA tournament. Tulsa is a hot team heading into the tournament as they have won 11 straight games and 13 out of their last 15 games.
As for UCLA they finished the season in second place in the Pac-12 with a 12-6 record in conference play and a 26-8 overall record, and won three straight games to win their conference tournament. They also finished the season strong as they won five out of their last six games.
The Bruins have a tough matchup ahead of them as they will have to contain Tulsa’s two-man punch in guard James Woodard (15.7 points per game) and Rashad Smith (12.4 ppg). UCLA will need to get off to strong as they will need Wooden Award finalist point guard Kyle Anderson (14.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, and 6.6 apg) and All-Pac-12 first team player in shooting guard Jordan Adams (17.2 ppg) to help lead their fifth-ranked offense past the Golden Hurricane.
Although it is a tough second round matchup, the Bruins should be able to pull out the victory over Tulsa. As for the rest of the South bracket it features the No.1 overall seed in the Florida Gators, Kansas at No.2, and Syracuse placed as the No.3 seed.
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Here are highlights from UCLA’s win in the Pac-12 tournament championship: