Charles Barkley wears Kent State jersey before NCAA tournament game against UCLA

However, seven days made for ample time to reboot. “It’s real humbling to be apart of this”, Senderoff said.

Ball fired back, poking fun at Barley’s weight. Les and senior Darius Graham provided one of the more emotional moments of the game, however, when the two embraced for almost a minute after Graham exited the game with 1:45 remaining.

The single-season assist record for a Pac-12 freshman was not enough. The Bruins had little difficulty shooting over 60 percent from the field, displaying their elite-level offense. Forget their 90-point average, they barely scratched out 76. But UCLA will start off with the Golden Flashes of Kent State. Despite the light dressing of tape on his left hand, he said he can easily play through the sprain this weekend.

LaVar Ball played the 1987-88 season at Washington State, in which he averaged 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 26 games.

Lonzo Ball netted 15 points, including two momentum-busting three-pointers that halted Kent State runs. Alford said. “That means you’ve had a really good year and I appreciate the efforts that our players have gone through, and that’s where we should be”.

Bryce Alford, Isaac Hamilton and Thomas Welsh were part of the UCLA team that reached the Sweet 16 two years ago. Let’s find out as we watch NCAA March Madness 2017! “We’re a goofy team in the locker room”. The Bruins will come out and dominate the game and send a message to the other teams in their region with a 95-78 victory over the Golden Flashes.

Lonzo Ball UCLA’s third-leading scorer at 14.6 points per game, yet plays more with a pass-first, do-whatever-it-takes mentality. Young fans called for him to try a dunk from the free throw line. He finished with three assists to give him 257 this season. They knocked off the No. 6 Creighton Bluejays, who were also widely seen as overseeded, in an 84-72 win.

All night long, Kent State was able to hold its own with UCLA on the boards, and they certainly did a great job of cleaning up their own misses. Yet nobody in the Bruins’ camp seemed concerned.

Said Alford: “He went down hard, obviously”.

Key UCLA defensive presence and inside dominator Ike Anigbogu was in a walking boot after a foot injury suffered in practice on Tuesday. “Who averaged 2 whole points a game”. Both fully participated in Thursday’s practice.

College basketball: Just a freshman, but Ball knows what he's doing for UCLA