NCAA tournament: UCLA back in Sweet 16 for first time since 2008


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So far, so good for Steve Alford in his first year as coach of UCLA.

The Bruins cruised over 12th-seeded Stephen F. Austin on Sunday evening in a 77-60 win, earning a spot in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008.

A return to NCAA tournament success is exactly what UCLA wanted when it fired Ben Howland — who, after taking the Bruins to three straight Final Fours from 2006 to 2008, failed to lead them past the tournament’s first weekend in three subsequent appearances — and hired Alford away from New Mexico. He’s delivered the turnaround Bruins fans hoped for, with hopes of keeping it going against overall No. 1 seed Florida, the Bruins’ Sweet 16 opponent.

Jordan Adams led UCLA with 19 points and point guard Kyle Anderson chipped in 15 points and five assists.

 

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Chelsea Janes covers the Nationals for The Washington Post.

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Chelsea Janes · March 23, 2014