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UCLA basketball 2021 Alabama basketball vs. UCLA in Sweet 16. Scouting report. analysis .

UCLA basketball 2021 Alabama basketball vs. UCLA in Sweet 16. Scouting report. analysis .

UCLA basketball 2021 Alabama basketball vs. UCLA in Sweet 16. Scouting report. analysis .

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Tue, 23 Mar 2021 06:00:00 -0700

Alabama will play UCLA in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament

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Here's analysis, a scouting report and Cecil Hurt's prediction for the game

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INDIANAPOLIS — No.

2 seed Alabama, playing in its first NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 since 2004, will face No.

11 seed UCLA (20-9) on Sunday.

The Bruins lost their last three regular-season games, then dropped their opening game in the Pac-12 Tournament, pushing UCLA to one of the “Last Four In” for the NCAA field.

The Bruins then snapped their losing streak by defeating Michigan State in an overtime play-in game before advancing easily through first-round (BYU) and second-round (Abilene Christian) games.

Alabama has faced UCLA once before in NCAA play.

The Bruins eliminated the Crimson Tide in the 2006 West Regional second round in San Diego. 

How Alabama Can Win: Run and rebound.

Rebound and run.

Recognize that the UCLA on the opponent’s jersey doesn’t carry the weight of history.

Get solid, low-turnover play from the hybrid point guard Herbert Jones/Jahvon Quinerly combination.

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How UCLA Can Win: Like Maryland, UCLA plays at one of the nation’s slowest tempos (337th of the 353 Division I teams), a trademark of Mick Cronin-coached teams.

If the Bruins can gum up the tempo and get enough 3-point production from Kentucky transfer Johnny Juzang, they can pull off an upset. 

One Key Factor: Help for Herbert.

The SEC Player of the Year has taken on more of the scoring burden for Alabama in the postseason but can’t be expected to do everything.

In this game, his defense will be critical. 

Prediction: Alabama 77, UCLA 69

Reach Cecil Hurt at cecil@tidesports.com or via Twitter @cecilhurt 

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NCAA Tournament Sweet 16: (2) Alabama (26-6) vs (11) UCLA (20-9) prediction and college basketball game preview

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NCAA Tournament Sweet 16: (2) Alabama (26-6) vs (11) UCLA (20-9) prediction and college basketball game preview.

Date: Sunday, March 28
Game Time: 7:15 pm ET
Venue: Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Network: TBS

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If you’re in the Sweet 16 you’re doing something right.

UCLA had to win three games to get here – beating Michigan State, BYU, and getting a monster break with 14-seed Abilene Christian beating Texas – and it’s all working.

The Bruin defense was fantastic against the ACU shooters in the 67-47 win, the team was excellent from the start offensively, and the rebounding has been there.

Alabama shoots a whole lot of threes, but UCLA has been okay against the Pac-12 teams that bomb way, it’s a better shooting team from the outside, and it’s going to roll on the free throw line.

The Tide limited the fouls in the 96-77 win over Maryland, but it’s usually putting teams on the line at least ten times, and UCLA should pounce.

The Bruins are a whole lot stronger from the line than they showed against Abilene Christian.

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Yeah, UCLA has been able to get here with three wins, but Michigan State, BYU, Abilene Christian … meh.

The Pac-12 has more than proven itself in the tournament with the Bruins playing a huge part of that, but let’s not start preparing to throw another national title on the school’s pile just yet.

Alabama didn’t have any issues against Iona – at least after the first half – and Maryland, it’s on a run of 11 wins in 12 games including the SEC Championship, and it’s playing like a team that’s comfortable in its style.

Attack with the D, shoot threes, rebound the misses – the Tide have ten or more offensive rebounds in the last ten games and in 12 of the last 13 – repeat.

UCLA’s defense has been tough in the tournament, but it’s just okay overall from three and it doesn’t force a whole lot of mistakes.

Alabama is too solid in too many phases.

The defense is strong enough inside and out to keep UCLA from grinding for points like it’s been doing through the tournament, the offense is too explosive on the outside and stronger at moving the ball around, and the threes will be there in the second half to push on.

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Alabama 80, UCLA 73
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