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The UCLA Men's basketball team continued to build on their early tournament momentum but toppling No

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14-seeded Abilene Christian in the Round of 32 by a 

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UCLA will face a stout Alabama team this Saturday.

The UCLA Men’s basketball team continued to build on their early tournament momentum but toppling No.

14-seeded Abilene Christian in the Round of 32 by a score of 67-47 on Monday afternoon.

The Bruins seemingly handed the Wildcats from start finish, holding at one point a 24-point lead late in the second half.

THE BRUINS KEEP ON ROLLING

(11) UCLA takes care of (14) Abilene Christian 67-47 to move on to the #Sweet16! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/4WmeoIkopx

UCLA was led offensively by sophomore guard Johnny Juzang, who finished with a game-high 17 points.

Junior forward Cody Riley and sophomore guard Jaime Jaquez Jr.

also chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Riley also brought down 12 rebounds, nothing the team’s only double-double of the game.

The Bruins’ executed a stifling defense all game, relegating the Wildcats’ starters to a combined 29 points.

Reserve guard Mahki Morris led the team with 14 points off the bench while starters Kolton Kohl and Coryon Mason each had eight.

Senior guard Reggie Miller (no relation) led the team in both rebounds (seven) and assists (eight).

The Wildcats’ biggest lead of the night came early at four points just five minutes into the game.

Abilene Chrisitian’s offense proceeded to go through a rough patch of missed layups and frustrating turnovers which led to the Bruins going on a 15-0 run during a nine-minute scoreless streak for ACU.

UCLA will go from facing a bottom-seeded team to one of the tournament’s best in No.

2-seed Alabama.

The game is scheduled for Sunday, March 28 at 4:15 p.m.

PT in Indianapolis.

Still dancin’.

UCLA is headed to the Sweet 16.

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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.

Special supporter:‘They love him.

That’s amazing’: Alabama basketball team draws inspiration from Kingston Pettway, assistant coach’s son with autism

High praise:Former Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson credits Nate Oats for ‘magnificent job’ | Hurt

Inside recruiting:How Alabama basketball built a team capable of winning March Madness

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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– March 23, 2021

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