Sunday, March 12, 2006

UCLA No.2 Seed In NCAA Tournament

By Bruin Basketball Report

The Pac-10 Champions UCLA Bruins (27-6, 14-4) were named the No.2 seed in the Oakland Region of the Men's Basketball NCAA tournament.

UCLA will meet the No.15 seed Belmont Bruins (20-10, 15-5) of the Atlantic Sun Conference in a first round game in San Diego, California.

When asked if he was surprised by the No. 2 seed in the tournament UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland said, "I'm not surprised at all, we're playing our best ball of the year right now."

Howland continued, "Not only were we the No.2 seed, we were the fifth overall team based upon the order of selection." With Memphis as the fourth No.1 seed in the tournament, the selection committee picks teams in a serpentine fashion which indicates UCLA was the first No.2 seed team selected by the committee.

Belmont was the co-conference champion and tournament conference champion of the Atlantic Sun. The university is located in Nashville, Tennessee.

The four No.1 seeds in the NCAA tournament are as follows: Duke in the Atlantic Region, Connecticut in the Washington D.C. Region, Villanova in the Minnesota Region, and Memphis in the Oakland Region.

Four Pac-10 teams made the NCAA tournament: UCLA No.2 Region in Oakland; Washington No.5 seed in Washington D.C. Region; California No.7 seed in Atlanta Region; and Arizona No.8 seed in Minneapolis Region.

Complete NCAA Men's Basketball Bracket: Link

Oakland Region

At Dallas, TX
No. 1 Memphis vs. No. 16 Oral Roberts
No. 8 Arkansas vs. No. 9 Bucknell

At Auburn Hills, MI
No. 5 Pittsburgh vs. No. 12 Kent State
No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 13 Bradley

At Salt Lake City, UT
No. 3 Gonzaga vs. No. 14 Xavier
No. 6 Indiana vs. No. 11 San Diego State

At San Diego, CA
No. 7 Marquette vs. No. 10 Alabama
No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 15 Belmont

Atlanta Region

At Greensboro, NC
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 Southern
No. 8 George Washington vs. No. 9 UNC-Wilmington

At Jacksonville, FL
No. 5 Syracuse vs. No. 12 Texas A&M
No. 4 LSU vs. No. 13 Iona

At Auburn Hills, MI
No. 3 Iowa vs. No. 14 Northwestern State
No. 6 West Virginia vs. No. 11 Southern Illinois

At Dallas, TX
No. 7 California vs. No. 10 NC State
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 15 Penn

Washington, D.C. Region

At Philadelphia, PA
No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 16 Albany
No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 9 UAB

At San Diego, CA
No. 5 Washington vs. No. 12 Utah State
No. 4 Illinois vs. No. 13 Air Force

At Dayton, OH
No. 3 North Carolina vs. No. 14 Murray State
No. 6 Michigan State vs. No. 11 George Mason

At Greensboro, NC
No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 10 Seton Hall
No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 15 Winthrop

Minneapolis Region

At Philadelphia, PA
No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 (Monmouth/Hampton)
No. 8 Arizona vs. No. 9 Wisconsin

At Salt Lake City, UT
No. 5 Nevada vs. No. 12 Montana
No. 4 Boston College vs. No. 13 Pacific

At Jacksonville, FL
No. 3 Florida vs. No. 14 South Alabama
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Wisconsin-Milwaukee

At Dayton, OH
No. 7 Georgetown vs. No. 10 Northern Iowa
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Davidson



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