The No. 11 UCLA Bruins are headed to the Sweet 16 as a double-digit seed, but things get much more difficult. They will face off against No. 2 Alabama who crushed Maryland to advance to the second weekend.
Game date: Sunday, March 28th
Game time: 7:15 p.m.
TV channel: TBS
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse
March Madness Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook
Point Spread: Alabama -7
Moneyline: Alabama -295, UCLA +235
KenPom rating: 26 Overall, 13 Offense, 63 Defense
NET ranking: 46, (4-6 VS Quad 1)
Leading scorer: Johnny Juzang (15.0 ppg)
UCLA has coasted to the Sweet 16 with two double-digit victories. The Bruins surprisingly bear BYU by 11 before blowing Abilene Christian away by 20 points in the round of 32. Johnny Juzang powered the Bruins to victory with a game-high 17 points. Alabama has also won two games by more than 10 points, so Juzang and UCLA will have to keep playing at its best to stand a chance.
No. 2 Alabama: 26-6 (16-2 SEC)
KenPom rating: 10 Overall, 37 Offense, 2 Defense
NET ranking: 7 (9-4 VS Quad 1)
Leading scorer: Jaden Shackelford (14.1 ppg)
Jaden Shackelford was underwhelming in round one but found his shooting stroke against Maryland. He poured in a team-high 21 points in the Crimson Tide’s victory and was accompanied by John Pettry Jr., who also had a bounce-back game and scored 17 points. Aaron Wigins set the nets ablaze with a game-high 25 points, but Eric Ayala wasn’t solid enough to give the Terrapins a fighting chance.