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No. 3 hasn't been a charm for UCLA Coach Steve Alford in NCAA tournaments

No. 3 hasn't been a charm for UCLA Coach Steve Alford in NCAA tournaments

History has repeated itself in the cruelest way for Steve Alford as a heavy favorite in the NCAA tournament.

The teams he’s coached have been awarded a No. 3 seeding on three previous occasions. They’ve lost in the first round twice. And that’s not even counting the time Alford played for Indiana and his third-seeded Hoosiers lost to Cleveland State, a flop chronicled in the book “A Season on the Brink.”

Could the early exits be an uh-oh omen for Alford’s third-seeded UCLA Bruins heading into their first-round game against Kent State on Friday at the Golden 1 Center? Not necessarily.

“It’s different circumstances. It’s different teams,” Alford said. “I know what I’ve got...

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