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UCLA has tuned out the noise and continues to dance
UCLA has tuned out the noise and continues to dance

The statement was made a week ago by a television analyst on the home network of the NCAA Basketball tournament. It was announced that UCLA had been given a bid. Then, with millions watching, it was announced that they did not belong. "UCLA safely in is a joke to me," said CBS' Doug Gottlieb. "It makes absolutely no sense. UCLA does not belong in this field." Official words. Fightin' words. A week later, the perceived last team to qualify for the tournament became the first to advance to its Sweet 16 with a 92-75 win over Alabama Birmingham, and the voices have changed. Norman Powell cradled his head in his sweaty hands. "Never doubted it,"...

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