NCAA Tournament UCLA vs. St. Bonaventure

Credits Sean Lynch

Credits Sean Lynch

Two of four ESPN experts picked the Kansas City Regional as the easiest in the field, although all four have Mississippi State winning the regional title and advancing to the Final Four. Arizona's Sean Miller missed one game and three practices after ESPN reported he discussed a $100,000 payment to star Deandre Ayton, which the coach has denied.

Saint Bonaventure (+3½) over UCLA: First off, the St. needs to be spelled out now, following the cruel scare thrown into the good people of Olean, N.Y. - so Mike Vaccaro says - because of TBS' infuriating decision to mess with one of the few universally beloved American traditions, and reveal the teams in alphabetical order, only to screw up and list Seton Hall before Saint Bonaventure. Mobley made 14 shots from long-range in the A-10 Tournament and boasts 102 of 292 career triples this season while averaging 18.5 points in his second season with the Bonnies. The victor of that game will take on No. 6-seed Florida (20-12) in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday. Production in the paint will be needed to open up the perimeter and Courtney Stockard (12.9 points, 6.4 rebounds) along with fellow junior forward LaDarien Griffin (8.7, team-best 6.5 boards) can provide that. This may appear like a David vs. Goliath matchup on paper, but St. Bonaventure might actually be the favorite here.

UCLA must take the longest route possible for coach Steve Alford to finally go past the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament after reaching that point in three of his first four years as Bruins coach. The Bonnies lost their opening game in their last three NCAA Tournament appearances in 1978, 2000 and 2012.

"This would be the first time that we won't get booed", Schmidt said. "But I think we feel really confident that we're able to play with anyone in the country, and that is really about preparation and process and taking things one game at a time". He got the Blackbirds to the NCAA Tournament in his first season and will be playing in an arena that was a regular A-10 stop during his nine seasons with UMass.

"To me, surpassing the Sweet 16 would definitely be a plus to this year", senior guard Kelli Hayes said of how she hoped to end her UCLA career. "And this is such a tough place to come in and play". Nate Jones averages 11 minutes and 2.2 points per game.

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