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March 17, 2013 | By Chris Foster
No. 6 UCLA (25-9) vs. No. 11 Minnesota (20-12) Friday, Erwin Center, Austin, Texas How they got here: UCLA was the Pac-12 regular-season champion and reached the conference tournament final. Minnesota finished tied for seventh in the Big Ten and lost in the first round of the conference tournament. Last 10 games: UCLA 7-3, Minnesota 3-7. Record vs. NCAA tournament teams: UCLA 6-4; Minnesota 6-7. Best wins/worst losses: UCLA defeated Arizona three times, including a 66-64 victory in the Pac-12 tournament, but the Bruins lost to Cal Poly at home, 70-68.
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March 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
It takes only one word to describe the extra touch of lunacy in this year's March Madness. That word is: Gonzaga. With the NCAA men's basketball tournament set to begin this week, the small Jesuit university is the nation's No. 1-ranked team, ahead of traditional powerhouses Duke, Indiana and Kansas. The Bulldogs' lofty status epitomizes a season that has produced no clear-cut favorites. A dozen or more teams have a solid chance to win the championship. Lesser names such as St. Louis and Virginia Commonwealth rank as legitimate dark horses.
SPORTS
March 17, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Ben Howland was envious. "I'm jealous of California," Howland said. Shabazz Muhammad looked on the bright side. "At least it's not Philadelphia," Muhammad said. And Larry Drew II, the one guy on the Bruins' roster who has gone wire to wire in the NCAA tournament, was accepting. "It's weird, but I really don't understand it all," Drew said. The Bruins will open NCAA tournament play Friday against Minnesota in Austin, Texas. UCLA, the Pac-12 regular-season champion, is the sixth-seeded team in the South Regional and will be traveling the farthest of any conference team the first weekend of the tournament.
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March 17, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Kentucky is the top-seeded team entering this year's NCAA tournament that tips off Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio, and ends on a Monday in Atlanta. Check that: A team from Kentucky, coached by a former Kentucky coach, is top-seeded entering the NCAA tournament. Sorry, it's easy to mix that up. Louisville deservedly and emphatically garnered this year's top overall seeding after elbowing its way to the Big East tournament title. Kentucky, the defending national champion, didn't make the cut. But the Wildcats did get a No. 1 seeding for the NIT. We will dearly miss the in-tournament dynamic of a rivalry that last year produced a fan fight in a dialysis center before the Final Four matchup won by Kentucky.
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March 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
Seven months into his college basketball career, Shabazz Muhammad is glad he waited to turn pro. The UCLA freshman has used his time in Westwood to improve on defense and make a few All-Star teams. He has learned a thing or two about living on his own. "I'm giving it a thumbs-up," he said. "The college experience is good. " That doesn't mean it will last much longer. Muhammad is expected to leave school for the NBA draft this summer, joining the ranks of the "one-and-dones.
SPORTS
March 16, 2013 | By Chris Foster
LAS VEGAS -- Jordan Adams wasn't the only person being pushed through the MGM Grand casino in a wheelchair Saturday morning. He was just the youngest. The Bruins plowed ahead, marching in formation - Coach Ben Howland at point and Adams rolling in the back - past the slot machines and gaming tables on their way to pregame practice. It captured the moment: Everything's a crapshoot for the Bruins from here on out. The first step into that unknown was later Saturday evening, and Oregon's 78-69 victory at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the Pac-12 tournament final left the Bruins at the whim of the NCAA tournament selection committee.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Survive and Advance," which premieres Sunday on ESPN as part of its excellent "30 for 30" series of sports documentaries, is a sweet and moving depiction of the sweet and moving story of the 1983 North Carolina State men's basketball team, the Wolfpack, and its colorful coach, Jim Valvano. You will need a handkerchief or two to get through it, unless you are some sort of soulless, inhuman monster. Directed by Jonathan Hock ("Unguarded"), it is a tale of great deeds, inspiring speeches, comical sound bites and big, long hugs in what was a legendary time for college basketball - the days when Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing were still in school and players tended to stick around for three or even four years of play rather than taking off early for the pros: "The games were better," says University of North Carolina Coach Roy Williams.
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March 15, 2013 | Wire reports
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - With All-CCAA guard DeRonn Scott out because of a foot injury, the call came from the Cal Poly Pomona coaches for someone to step up. Terrence Drisdom answered the call and scored a career-high 26 points Friday, leading the Broncos to a 69-61 first-round NCAA Division II victory over Chico State. Chico State took an early 17-9 lead, but Cal Poly Pomona closed out the first half on a 20-4 run. "This just shows how tough we are," Drisdom said "When we're down like that, we don't hang our heads and go through the motions, we just try to keep playing tough.
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March 14, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
LAS VEGAS - A UCLA basketball team that has sleepwalked through parts of the season has taken the metaphor to an entirely new level. On Thursday, the Bruins won a basketball game in their pajamas. In their 80-75 comeback victory over Arizona State in the second round of the Pac-12 tournament, the Bruins were resourceful, resilient, and just so darn cute. Thanks to new uniforms provided by Adidas - the athletic department's owner, er, sponsor - the Bruins looked like Care Bears.
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March 14, 2013 | By Chris Foster
LAS VEGAS - Come on down and see the UCLA circus. The Bruins have pitched the big tent at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this week, turning their part of the Pac-12 tournament into a "step right up and see the show" event. Thursday brought a first-half vanishing act, followed by a walk along the high wire. And after the No. 21 Bruins had rallied from a 15-point deficit for an 80-75 victory over Arizona State, the grand finale included harsh words, technical fouls and a chuckle from Bruins guard Kyle Anderson.
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