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Kent State, foe of UCLA in NCAA first round, is fresh from a startling tournament run

Kent State, foe of UCLA in NCAA first round, is fresh from a startling tournament run

Kent State’s countdown to the NCAA tournament went three, two, one. It was anything but clockwork.

The Golden Flashes beat the teams with the top three seedings in the Mid-American Conference in succession last week to earn their first NCAA tournament berth since 2008. They will play UCLA in the first round Friday evening at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

The Bruins (29-4) will be seeded third and the Golden Flashes (22-13) 14th, but the gap in confidence won’t be nearly as wide. Kent State has won nine of its last 10 games, and believes its magical run may not be ending.

“March is about incredible stories; March is about special plays and special times,” Kent...

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