Charles Barkley wears Kent State jersey before NCAA tournament game against UCLA

  • Charles Barkley wears Kent State jersey before NCAA tournament game against UCLA

Charles Barkley wears Kent State jersey before NCAA tournament game against UCLA

The first obstacle that UCLA needed to overcome was the Kent State Golden Flashes.

"It looked like they hit a lot of shots that were contested", said Rob Senderoff, the Kent State coach, "and then as the game went on those shots weren't contested as much".

Ball's injury could be another blow to third-seeded UCLA's already short roster.

Cincinnati practically handled eleventh seeded Kansas State easily.

Junior forward Kyle Washington finished with 16 points in his first NCAA Tournament game as a Bearcat.

"That's all he says, 'It's going to be a hell of a story.' We have sort of kept that". He has pulled down six rebounds each in the two games since Boucher got hurt.

Cronin said in a press conference Tuesday that he would like to have a player, senior guard Troy Caupain specifically, get on fire during the tournament. Aaron Holliday added 15 points and 11 assists for the Bruins, who face No. 6 seed Cincinnati in the second round on Sunday in what should be a pressure-packed and entertaining game. "I'm good", he said. "I just wanted him to get up".

Shockingly, Bruins fans have LaVar Ball, father of team star Lonzo, to blame.

This season Caupain is No. 5 in country in assist turnover ratio, according to the NCAA's official site.

Earlier in the week, Ball said, "If Charles thought like me, maybe he'd win a championship.I don't know what his basketball career was, but I'd put mine up against his". On the other hand, UCLA has 11.5 turnovers per game, good for an NCAA leading assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.86 per game.

Ball's ten points in the first half were very promising, he was showing his explosive, dynamic, playmaking ability that makes him so valuable. The Golden Flashes were just fourth in the MAC East this season, but won four straight games to take the title and get to 22-13 on the season. Lonza plays for UCLA.

"We've had a successful year". He could have one of the legendary runs during this tournament that people could talk about for the next 10 years. "We're going to do everything we can to try to win this tournament", Cronin said.

The Bruins struggled mightily on defense against a heavy underdog, allowing Kent State to hang around until an fantastic run of accuracy carried third-seeded UCLA to a 97-80 victory over the 14th-seeded Golden Flashes in an NCAA tournament first-round game at the Golden 1 Center.