NCAA Men's Basketball

Kent State Golden Flashes (22-14)


Mon. 3/6 Thu. 3/9 Fri. 3/10 Sat. 3/11 Fri. 3/17
vs. CentMi 
W 116-106
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@ Buff 
W 68-65
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@ Ohio 
W 68-66
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@ Akron 
W 70-65
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@ UCLA 
L 80-97
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UCLA advances past Kent State

(TSX / STATS) -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- At one point, the score was almost as scary as the sight of Lonzo Ball crashing to the floor, but UCLA overcame both to beat Kent State 97-80 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night at the Golden 1 Center.

TJ Leaf scored 23 points for the third-seeded Bruins (30-4), who will play sixth-seeded Cincinnati in a second-round South Regional game on Sunday.

Thomas Welsh had 16 points and eight rebounds for UCLA. Aaron Holiday came off the bench to post 15 points and 11 assists. Ball also scored 15 points and broke UCLA's single-season assist record. Isaac Hamilton added 14 points.

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Leaders
Points: J. Hall19.0
Rebounds: J. Hall10.6
Assists: J. Hall2.5
FG%: J. Hall52.0%
FT%: J. Hall77.7%
3P%: J. Walker33.3%
Steals: D. Edwin1.3
Blocks: J. Hall1.3
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Mid-American Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
East
Akron 14-4 27-9
Ohio 11-7 20-11
Buffalo 11-7 17-15
Kent State 10-8 22-14
Bowling Green 7-11 13-19
Miami (OH) 4-14 11-21
West
Ball State 11-7 21-13
Western Michigan 11-7 16-16
Toledo 9-9 17-17
Eastern Michigan 7-11 16-17
Northern Illinois 7-11 15-17
Central Michigan 6-12 16-16
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