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30-6, 2nd in American

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Is there a team that's been more consistent in our mind's eye this season than UCLA? Ever since the Bruins won at Kentucky in December, Steve Alford's team has been fixed in our minds as an extraordinarily dangerous offense. Tonight UCLA scored 79 points in 63 possessions against a Cincinnati D that rates as one of the best such units in D-I. In an otherwise chaotic season it's been easy to be right about the Bruins.

7d

Ball lifts UCLA to victory over Cincinnati

Lonzo Ball scored 19 points and ignited UCLA's rally from a poor start with nine assists, lifting the third-seeded Bruins to a 79-67 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday in the South Regional.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Time to get excited for UCLA-Kentucky, Round 2. The Bruins rode a huge second half to a 79-67 win over Cincinnati, even playing solid defense after trailing by three at halftime. Their rematch with the Wildcats, whom they beat in Rupp Arena in December, is the glamor matchup of the Sweet 16.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

This second half has been UCLA at its devastating best. The Bruins are shooting 64 percent overall, are 7-for-13 on threes and have 13 assists on 18 made field goals. Lonzo Ball has turned in a masterpiece: 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Bryce Alford was 3-for-11 from the floor in his first three halves of this NCAA Tournament. He's hit three three-pointers in the second half against Cincinnati so far. UCLA hits another level when he's on.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Stymied in the first half, UCLA's shooting has one alive now. Three consecutive threes, two of them by Lonzo Ball, have given the Bruins their largest lead of eight points. They're shooting 66.7 percent this half.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Stymied in the first half, UCLA's shooting has one alive now. Three consecutive threes, two of them by Lonzo Ball, have given the Bruins their largest lead of eight points. They're shooting 66.7 percent this half.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

A Bryce Alford three, some powerful dunks by T.J. Leaf and Thomas Welsh and an Isaac Hamilton trey have given UCLA the lead -- and, finally, a lot of emotion. The Bruins have been pretty stoic most of their time in Sacramento, but they exploded off the bench bumping chests and celebrating as Cincinnati called timeout.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cincinnati has played very well and has done yeoman's work in holding the nation's best shooting team to just 37.9 percent from the floor so far. Yet a little UCLA spurt has given the Bruins the lead late in the first half. That illustrates the challenge the Bearcats have in this one.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Two fouls on UCLA's T.J. Leaf midway through the first half. With no sign yet of Ike Anigbogu, who is expected to play but not be 100 percent with a foot injury, the Bruins' depth could be tested here.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Appropriate that a guy named Kevin Johnson is lighting it up in Sacramento. The Cincinnati guard has eight early points as the Bearcats have jumped out to the lead over UCLA. Cincinnati's defense has also done a good job of making the Bruins' shooters a little more uncomfortable than they're used to being. Lonzo Ball, Bryce Alford and T.J. Leaf are all scoreless through nearly nine minutes.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Final game of the first weekend about to tip off. UCLA averages 90 points per game. Cincinnati allows only 60. Bearcats coach Mick Cronin said he'd like to see the game be in the 70s to give his team a chance.

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Ball practicing a good sign for UCLA (0:38)
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7dJohn Gasaway

Bearcats should have a 'Ball' trying to slow UCLA

Cincy coach Mick Cronin has been effusive in his praise for UCLA's Lonzo Ball, who should provide one of the most formidable challenges of the season for one of the nation's best defenses.

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Cincinnati coach compares Ball to Kidd, Magic (0:33)

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin called UCLA's Lonzo Ball "the best passer since Jason Kidd or Magic Johnson."

ESPN Stats and Information  

UCLA had a little more trouble than expected with 14th-seeded Kent State on Friday and now face a tougher matchup in 6th-seeded Cincinnati. The Bruins are a 60 percent favorite per ESPN's BPI.

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What problems could Cincinnati give UCLA? (1:06)

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Unique setup at Golden 1 Center, where fans can watch team press conferences through windows. Sound is piped in through a loudspeaker. Here some fans are watching Cincinnati's post game comments.

9d

Cincinnati has touch in handling Kansas State

Troy Caupain scored 23 points, Kyle Washington added 16 and defensive-minded Cincinnati shot it way past Kansas State 75-61 Friday night in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cincinnati sounded like a confident bunch going into the first round, and it's easy to see why. The Bearcats were terrific in all phases in beating Kansas State 75-61 to salvage a little respect for the No. 6 seeds in this tournament. Mick Cronin's team has now won 30 games for just the second time in program history, and it will be a tough out in the second round.

Team Stats

Points Per Game74.3151st
Rebounds Per Game36.9112th
Assists Per Game15.554th
Points Allowed61.39th

Tournament History

Final Fours6
Tournament Record44-29
Championship Seasons1961, 1962
Tournament Appearances30