UCLA surprised to be part of First Four

UCLA coach Steve Alford watches the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Utah in Salt Lake City. Alford who has led the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons said

Should the Bonnies win, they will advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament in Dallas to face Florida.

Steve Alford and his UCLA Bruins come into the game after losing to Arizona in the conference tournament.

It will be UCLA's first appearance in a play-in game.

On Tuesday, March 13, two games will be played at the University of Dayton Arena and they are both available on TruTV and streaming live online.

St. Bonaventure has made the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history and twice under Schmidt. 14 Rhode Island last month - before falling to Davidson in an Atlantic 10 Conference tournament semifinal on Saturday. 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. They have such notable wins against Maryland and Syracuse.

BONNIES BELONG: St. Bonaventure is driven by the guard play of seniors Jaylen Adams (19.8 points per game) and Matt Mobley (18.5).

Crosstown rival USC did not receive an at-large bid, despite its second-place showing at the Pac-12 Tournament.

UCLA surprised to be part of First Four
UCLA surprised to be part of First Four

The Bruins had an early and worldwide role in college basketball's season of scandal.

UCLA gained its footing after its early challenges and got in position for the NCAA Tournament - though just barely - by closing with eight wins in 12 games. The Bruins are playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 49th time.

The Bruins and the Trojans aren't the only teams in Southern California to make the NCAA tournament. UCLA has a little more experience, and a little more talent.

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.

The Bruins weren't alone in dealing with off-court issues.

This also means that if the Bruins want to get back to the Sweet Sixteen, they will have to win three-consecutive games in one week. Bet the Bruins -3 over the Bonnies on Tuesday. Get your 100% signup bonus today.

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