Bonaventure gets NCAA Tourney at large bid

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UCLA's storied NCAA Tournament history includes 18 Final Four appearances. Both are looking for their first NCAA Tournament victories.

The 11th-seeded Bruins (22-11) will play fellow No. 11 seed St. Bonaventure (25-7) on Tuesday in the East Regional as part of the First Four in Dayton, Ohio.

No 16 seed has ever upset a No. 1 seed, but the victor of Tuesday's game between the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and the Radford Highlanders will keep its dream of being the first to do so alive.

Before jumping into their matchup with the Bruins, though, I want to mention how much of a shame it is that the Bonnies are being forced to play in the First Four.

"It's a tough time for us", Alford said.

"Hopefully we can have him play", the 11th-year coach said. "All of a sudden the selection show is over and we're like, 'We're probably leaving in the morning'". The Bruins have not won a national title since the 1995 season.

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

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The Bruins ended the season 24-7, 14-4, so it was not a question of whether they were making the tournament, but where they would be placed. "You'll get my best game". 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. The victor will be the No. 11 seed in the East Region and face No. 6 Florida (20-12) on Thursday in Dallas.

Welcome back to the NCAA Tournament, St. Bonaventure! One of the Bonnies' biggest concerns is Courtney Stockard, who suffered a hamstring injury during the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

For the season, he's third on the team in scoring (13 points) and second in rebounds (six), shooting 49 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range.

He sat out two years with a broken foot before emerging this year. St. Bonaventure also has a long tournament drought, failing to win since 1970.

The Bruins have won eight of their past 12 games. The Bonnies are familiar with the arena and hoping for support from Flyers fans. "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".

FAMILIAR ARENA PART 2: LIU Brooklyn coach Derek Kellogg was sacked by MA last season after losing to St. Bonaventure in the A-10 tournament. The Atlantic 10 regular-season victor has victories this season over Maryland, Syracuse and Rhode Island.

"I've had some, I'd say, OK memories here", Kellogg said. Nate Jones averages 11 minutes and 2.2 points per game.

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