Let’s talk about the good news first. In a Sacramento press conference yesterday, UCLA Coach Steve Alford said that Lonzo’s thumb and TJ’s ankle are “as near to 100%”. So, there’s that.
But, he did mentioned that Ike sprained his foot on Monday and he’s listed as “day-to-day” right now. Alford did go into a little more detail during the Q&A portion of the press conference. Alford said:
It's up in the air. It's day-to-day. He's got a sprained foot and we're just...each day, it's gotten better since Tuesday but it'll probably be a game day decision. We don't play until seven so we’ll have to see how things go today and tomorrow.
That was the biggest news from his press conference yesterday from a team standpoint.
Of course, there was another elephant in the room and that’s the speculation about what will happen with respect to Alford and the opening in Indiana. To his credit, Alford had this say:
Obviously, that was 30 years ago. I was a part of that. I stood on stage with a great group of guys and won a national championship. It's my home state I played there so obviously all that comes up but I love UCLA. I love Los Angeles. You're talking about arguably the greatest brand anywhere on the planet and we got things going at a very high level now and we're very excited about it and we're excited about being in this tournament and seeing what we can do in this tournament.
At least, it’s good to see him trying to keep the focus on the tournament.
UCLA opens play in the NCAA Tournament tonight against Kent State. For more detailed info on Kent State, check out our Kent State preview.
Here’s how to watch, listen and stream tonight’s game:
UCLA Bruins (#3 seed, South Region, 29-4)
Opponent: Kent State Golden Flashes (#14 seed, South Region, 22-13)
When: Friday, March 17, 2017, 6:57 pm PT
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
TV: TruTV with Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore and Ros Gold-Onwude
Stream: NCAA.com and the NCAA March Madness app
- 1150 AM in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray
- Sirius Channel 145/XM Channel 206 (National feed)
- And, of course, the Bruins Nation Game Thread!