Tulsa Looks To Repeat History Against UCLA

Sunday, March 16th 2014, 9:42 pm
By: News On 6

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane capped a fantastic close to the regular season with a Conference USA tournament championship on Saturday. Now, they'll have a chance to repeat history in the NCAA tournament.

Tulsa received the No. 13 seed in the South region and will face the No. 4 seed UCLA on Friday in San Diego.

The winner of the Tulsa-UCLA game will play the winner of No. 5 seed VCU and No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin on Sunday.

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UCLA, winners of the Pac-12 Conference with a victory over No. 4 Arizona on Saturday, posted a 26-8 overall record this year. Tulsa enters the NCAA tournament on an 11-game winning streak and posted an overall 21-12 record. Tulsa is making its 15th NCAA tournament appearance and first since the 2002-03 season.

"UCLA is a very talented team," Tulsa coach Danny Manning said. "This is Steve's (Alford) first year there. They ended up winning the tournament title. They played very well in that game and they've got really good players that I've seen and watched for a very long time. We've got our hands full, but I like the matchup."

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The Golden Hurricane won the Conference USA Championship after finishing in a four-way tie for the league's regular season title. Tulsa won the C-USA tournament on Saturday with a 69-60 win over Louisiana Tech.

The Golden Hurricane facing off the Bruins is a nod to history, as Tulsa pulled off a major upset win of UCLA in the 1994 NCAA tournament. Tulsa will certainly be looking to do that once again, as the Golden Hurricane will come in with nothing to lose and an obvious underdog.

Could history repeat itself? We'll find out on Friday.