NCAA tournament preview: No. 11 St. Bonaventure

NCAA tournament preview: No. 11 St. Bonaventure

The first of these play-in games features UCLA vs. St. Bonaventure.

Louisville vacated its 2013 national title in response to a sex scandal that led to Rick Pitino's ouster.

BREAKING THROUGH: The tournament's first game matches two teams that have yet to win in the NCAA Tournament: LIU Brooklyn is 0-6, Radford 0-2.

The victor of the St. Bonaventure vs UCLA game will take on No 6 Florida at 9:55pm ET on Thursday, March 15.

The Bonnies won 13 straight before falling to Davidson in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament. The college basketball odds for the game have the Bruins favored to pick up the win.

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In the second game of 2018 NCAA Tournament First Four action on Tuesday, March 13, the St. Bonaventure Bonnies knocked off the UCLA Bruins 65-58.

But if the Bruins get the Aaron Holiday who went 5 of 20 from the floor and 3 of 12 from the three in an overtime loss to Arizona in the PAC-12 tournament, then the Bruins March will end early. The Sooners may have deserved to get into the Big Dance based on their sensational play during the non-conference schedule but they did not deserve a better placement than the Bonnies.

UCLA finished with an RPI of 36, which helped the Bruins make the field. "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". The Bruins should win this game, and then move to the first round, where they will have a chance against the Florida Gators. Combined with Holiday and Goloman, the Bruins shouldn't be overwhelmed by the moment, even if they had to fly to southwestern OH to face an unfamiliar opponent in an unfamiliar arena.

The Bruins participation in the tournament means their players will miss at least three days of classes in the final week of instruction in the winter quarter. Steve Alford himself has a 10-9 career record in the NCAA Tournament and for his team to win this one, they're going to have to be more consistent than they've been at times this season. They are led by the veteran backcourt of Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley.

Although this was the first time Wilkes ever watched the selection show, it was the last time Thomas Welsh got to take in selection Sunday as a Bruin.

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