No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Kent State preview: Game time, broadcast, betting line, prediction
The UCLA Bruins (29-4) are the No. 3 seed in the South Region, and will take on the No. 14 seed Kent State Golden Flashes (22-13). The game will be played at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA on Friday, March 17.
Preview: UCLA clinched the No. 3 seed with big wins over Kentucky, Oregon, Arizona. They are led by freshman sensation guard Lonzo Ball, who averages 14.6 points per game.
Kent State reached the tournament by defeating Akron in the MAC Tournament. They are led by Jimmy Hall, who averages 18.9 points per game. You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. You can also see how the committee ranked the teams 1-68 here.
Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 9:57 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: truTV
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Announcers: Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore, and Ros Gold-Onwude
Opening Betting Line: UCLA -17, via OddsShark
UCLA's last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2015. As a No. 11 seed, the Bruins made it to the Sweet 16, where they lost to No. 2 Gonzaga by a score of 74-62.
Kent State's last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2008. The No. 9 Eagles lost in the opening round to UNLV by a score of 71-58.
Prediction: Kent State doesn't belong in the same conversation as UCLA, but that's what the NCAA Tournament is about — anything can happen. However, what will happen here is simple, UCLA will dominate from the opening whistle en route to a 20 plus-point win.
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