Alabama vs. UCLA odds: 2021 NCAA Tournament picks, March Madness Sweet 16 predictions from proven model - CBSSports
When what some people prefer to call the “new Big East” was formed in advance of the 2013-14 season – mostly, that’s a term used by people who spent a lot of time around the “old Big East – there was some discussion regarding whether it would be prudent to invite Alabama to join.
Alabama is one of the best basketball programs in any conference. The Zags would have been a prize for the Big East. But however big the Big East might be, it probably was a stretch to attempt to annex Spokane, Wash.
The Alabama vs UCLA live is today, and it could be another step towards a perfect season for the Bulldogs. And the Blue Jays? Well, they look to be the spoiler in this March Madness live.
If you haven’t heard yet, here it is: The Alabama Bulldogs (28-0) are trying to do something that hasn’t been done since 1976. That “something” is become the first undefeated national champion since Bobby Knights’ ’76 Hoosiers. So far, the Zags have smoked #16 Norfolk, then easily handled #8 Oklahoma. Now they face #5 UCLA in the Sweet 16.
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Alabama has been every bit of good as one would expect, shooting well over 50% from the floor over their first and second round games. Sophomore big man Drew Timme is coming off a dominant performance against the Sooners. Timme scored a career high 30 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
The Blue Jays survived a first-round scare, just barely being able to get by #12 Santa Barbara with a 63-62 win thanks to a pair of free throws from junior forward Christian Bishop. After surviving that, UCLA went on to have their way with #13 Ohio winning that matchup 72-58. If the Blue Jays are going to pull off the upset, they’ll need big games from their big three. Junior guard Marcus Zegarowski leads the team in both points and assists per game (15.7/4.4) while senior guard Denzel Mahoney is their second leading scorer averaging 12.5 ppg. Then there’s Bishop who leads the Blue Jays with 6.4 rpg.
Alabama goes into Sunday’s game as 13.5-point favorites. The over/under is 158.
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UCLA is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1974 but the Bluejays face a mighty challenge against surging top seed Alabama on Sunday.
The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally on CBS. But if you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, here are some different ways you can watch a live stream of Alabama vs UCLA online for free. Note that CBS games aren’t available on the March Madness Live app, so you’ll have to use one of these options instead:
So instead we get Alabama vs. UCLA in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Alabama enters as the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, still carrying an undefeated record, and UCLA arrives having defeated two mid-major opponents after losing by a boatload of points in the Big East Tournament final.
So we don’t know if the Blue Jays have repaired all that went wrong in the championship game against Georgetown. They beat two fine teams, UC Santa Barbara and Ohio U., but neither presents the sort of challenge that arrives in Alabama uniforms.