UCLA (21-11) faces St. Bonaventure (25-7) at University of Dayton Arena.
FAMILIAR ARENA: LIU Brooklyn Coach Derek Kellogg was sacked by MA last season after losing to St. Bonaventure in the A-10 tournament. The Bonnies are led by a pair of high-scoring guards, while UCLA relies on junior guard Aaron Holliday for a big chunk of the offense.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - No. 11 seed St. Bonaventure (25-7) vs. Tip-off is set for around 9 p.m. on Tuesday.
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St. Bonaventure is heading back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. The Bruins lost to Kentucky in a regional semi-final last season.
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.
BONNIES BELONG: St. Bonaventure is driven by the guard play of seniors Jaylen Adams (19.8 points per game) and Matt Mobley (18.5). Get past them and the Bruins will take on the victor of #3 Texas Tech/#14 Stephen F. Austin.
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Alford said he was surprised to see his team make it to the tournament as part of the Last Four given how the Bruins finished - beating USC and then going 1-1 at the Pac-12 Tournament.
The Bruins have never beaten the Florida Gators, in four games in the NCAA tournament.
The 6-foot-6 forward had been playing his best basketball of the season before suffering the injury, averaging 23 points and nine rebounds while shooting 58 percent (33-of-57) from the field over his previous four games, including the Richmond contest.
How they falter: The Bonnies get overwhelmed with a size mismatch, and Adams and Mobley can not convert enough 3-pointers to get out of its play-in game. Holiday a first team selection on the All-PAC-12 and All-defensive teams will have the national spotlight to showcase his game.More news: Singer Aditya Narayan arrested for rash driving, released on bail