The free throw dropped through the net and Bryce Alford pounded his chest with his hand, UCLA’s lead having grown to an insurmountable four points with only 1.2 seconds left.
It was all about heart for the Bruins on Saturday night.
The heart to continue the defensive improvement that has carried them to a perfect February. The heart to vanquish another team that had beaten it earlier in the season. The heart to show that despite the doubts of those projecting NCAA tournament brackets, they might just deserve one of the top seedings.
Fifth-ranked UCLA emerged upright from one of college basketball’s most raucous environments for a second time this season, a 77-72...