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The March Madness starts today and for the fifth time under Dan Guerrero as UCLA AD, UCLA is not dancing.

Today, March Madness starts for real, but the UCLA madness has not ended. Since 1948, UCLA has had four losing seasons in basketball. What do those four seasons have in common? Dan Guerrero. Of course, if Dan cared, he could deal with the current problem and fire Steve Alford.

You as Bruin fans can do your part by emailing Dan and asking him to fire Steve Alford. Email him at Dan Guerrero: dguerrero@athletics.ucla.edu. I don't think this is over yet.

But, back to the madness. Under Guerrero, we have missed the tournament 5 times. In the 14 years before that, we never missed once.

Did I mention yet we should fire Steve Alford? The picture above is the shirt of one enterprising UCLA fan. Before the season he looked at the talent and figured we would definitely be in the tournament so he bought seats for the West Regional. If you told me the Pac-12 would have seven teams in the tournament, I certainly would have said UCLA is lock. Sigh.

All right, I will stop being a Debbie Downer. It is the tournament and Saint Patrick's Day, a great day to have an adult beverage ( remember, green is just blue and gold together) and watch some college basketball.

GO Bruins err, Pac-12, except JustSC. Schedule below.

Thursday March 17: Round of 64 Games

TIP (ET) NETWORK SITE Region GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST//REPORTER
12:15 p.m. CBS Providence West (4) Duke Blue Devils vs. (13) NC-Wilmington Seahawks Ian Eagle/Chris Webber/Len Elmore//Evan Washburn
12:40 p.m. truTV Raleigh Midwest (8) Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. (9) Butler Bulldogs Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//Lewis Johnson
1:30 p.m. TNT Des Moines South (8) Colorado Buffaloesvs. (9) Connecticut Huskies Jim Nantz/Grant Hill/Bill Raftery//Tracy Wolfson
2:00 p.m. TBS Denver Midwest (4) Iowa State Cyclonesvs. (13) Iona Gaels Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas//Jamie Erdahl
After conc. I CBS Providence West (5) Baylor Bears vs. (12)Yale Bulldogs Eagle/ Webber/Elmore//Washburn
After conc. I truTV Raleigh Midwest (1) Virginia Cavaliers vs. (16) Hampton Pirates Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Johnson
After conc. I TNT Des Moines South (1) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (16) Austin Peay Governors Nantz/Hill/Raftery//Wolfson
After conc. I TBS Denver Midwest (5) Purdue Boilermakersvs. (12) Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans Catalon/ Lappas// Erdahl
6:50 p.m. TNT Providence South (3) Miami-Florida Hurricanes vs. (14)Buffalo Bulls Eagle/ Webber/Elmore//Washburn
7:10 p.m. CBS Des Moines East (5) Indiana Hoosiers vs.(12) Chattanooga Mocs Nantz/Hill/Raftery//Wolfson
7:20 p.m. TBS Raleigh East (1) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. (16) Florida Gulf Coast/Fairleigh Dickinson Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Johnson
7:27 p.m. truTV Denver Midwest (3) Utah Utes vs. (14)Fresno State Bulldogs Catalon/ Lappas// Erdahl
After conc. III TNT Providence South (6) Arizona Wildcats vs. (11) Vanderbilt/Wichita State Eagle/ Webber/Elmore//Washburn
After conc. III CBS Des Moines East (4) Kentucky Wildcats vs. (13) Stony Brook Seawolves Nantz/Hill/Raftery//Wolfson
After conc. III TBS Raleigh East (8) USC Trojans vs. (9)Providence Friars Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Johnson
After conc. III truTV Denver Midwest (6) Seton Hall Pirates vs. (11) Gonzaga Bulldogs Catalon/ Lappas// Erdahl