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UCLA opens NCAA tournament against Tulsa in San Diego

UCLA opens NCAA tournament against Tulsa in San Diego
Tulsa's Rashad Ray puts up a shot in front of UAB's Denzell Watts during a Jan. 25 game. Tulsa will play UCLA in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday. (James Gibbard / Associated Press)

UCLA will open the NCAA tournament Friday against Tulsa in a South Regional game at Viejas Arena in San Diego.

The fourth-seeded Bruins would play either fifth-seeded Virginia Commonwealth and 12th-seeded Stephen F. Austin on Sunday. UCLA would play in Memphis in the regional semifinals, where it could face top-seeded Florida, the tournament's No. 1 overall seed.

Tulsa, seeded 13th, won the Conference USA tournament. The Golden Hurricane (21-12) is led by 6-foot-3 guard James Woodward, who averages 15.7 points, and 6-7 forward Rashad Smith, who averages 12.1.

The Bruins (26-8) lost to Tulsa in the first round of the 1994 NCAA tournament.

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