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UNLV v. UCLA, the BIGGEST game so far

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A battle of bigs will likely determine whether UCLA leaves Maui with a wiinning record.

If Steve Alford does not do his job tonight, UCLA may be playing his old team on Wednesday.
If Steve Alford does not do his job tonight, UCLA may be playing his old team on Wednesday.
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

One coach is facing questions about his ability and is on the hot seat. His very talented teams arguably regularly underachieve. I am, of course, talking about Coach Rice of UNLV, UCLA's opponent tonight. This is the game of the tournament for UCLA. The one they should and need to win. If they win a date with #5 Kansas whoh won their game earlier. Followed by a likely winnable game against upset winner Wake Forest in the 3rd place game. If they lose a likely game Wednesday with #13 Indiana who was upset earlier today. A loss today means UCLA could come out of the tournament 0-2 (with a win that does not count over division II Chaminade who lost to Kansas.)

The quick BN Preview is here. The official game notes are here. How to watch notes here and live stats are here. (H/t to gbruin for the idea for the lead and turs 12 for the comment on rice)

Go Bruins!