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UCLA bracketology: Bruins need an end run

UCLA bracketology: Bruins need an end run

Before practice Monday, UCLA Coach Steve Alford met with his players to discuss scenarios for the rest of the season. According to senior guard Norman Powell, the coach talked about how the Bruins' RPI had improved. And he talked about where they could sit by the end of the year.

The message, Powell said, was that they controlled their own destiny.

This season has been a fitful one for the Bruins, but with seven games to go in the regular season they are still in the NCAA tournament mix.

Joe Lunardi, ESPN's NCAA tournament expert, projects UCLA as the second team out of the 68-team tournament field, one spot behind St....

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