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UCLA was a lock for NCAA tournament, if only for entertainment value

UCLA was a lock for NCAA tournament, if only for entertainment value

Amid all the forehead slaps and fainting spells surrounding UCLA’s invitation to this year’s NCAA basketball tournament, everyone seems to be forgetting something. As long it wins 20 games and keeps that little pyramid sewn to its jerseys, UCLA will always receive a tournament bid based not on RPI or BPI, but an equally important analytic known as SOE — Strength of Entertainment. Since UCLA won its last championship 20 years ago, few can match the Bruins for consistent tournament entertainment, both unreal and unsightly. The title drought has been awash with a flood of memorable moments. It hasn’t been all Edney and roses, the wizardry has sometimes been dark, but...

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