No NBA player turned up at Pauley Pavilion when UCLA made its appearance on “This Is Madness” on the CBS College Sports Network the weekend of Feb. 6. The top story on Twitter was about how many pairs of basketball shoes the players on the UCLA men’s basketball team were wearing. Some insisted they were No. 26. The news website called it “the shoes controversy.”

Tiny shoes that squeak.

After the recent “This Is Madness” show, the two big stories have been star freshman big man Prince Ali’s departure after being left out of the rotation for the past few games and the latest program-rocking controversy involving Coach Steve Alford regarding post player Aaron Holiday.

Considering where UCLA is in the Pac-12 Conference, it’s no surprise to hear why the Bruins don’t have much going for them. And then there’s the defense. But let’s not forget what UCLA needs to do to make the NCAA tournament.

Sports Illustrated’s college basketball writer Andrew Keh, a wise man, has his data and the bracketologist data.

Keh developed an NCAA Tournament simulator.

It starts out with a super 32. There is no bracketology special teams committee. The games include the league race, the ping pong knockout, the ACC tournament, the Big 12, the SEC, the ACC and the Big Ten. The only way UCLA (10-9) can get in is as the No. 11 seed. Keh figures UCLA will need a win against USC on Saturday and a loss against Arizona on March 2.

Here are the mathematical results, according to Sports Illustrated:

Bracketology +50,000

P.S.: From his searches, the usual 74 percent bracketology fan is still stubbornly sticking with the king of All-22 bracketology, Bill Hancock of the NCAA. Hancock has UCLA and Kentucky in the Final Four, with Villanova as the No. 1 seed. It would take a classic upset for UCLA to get in.

Keh’s selections include No. 12 seed Cincinnati over No. 5 Kansas (with the winner advancing to the Final Four), No. 5 seed Florida over No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 3 seed Michigan State over No. 14 Wright State, No. 12 Cincinnati over No. 5 Kansas, No. 6 Xavier over No. 11 Seton Hall, No. 4 Michigan over No. 13 Seton Hall, No. 2 Virginia over No. 15 William & Mary, No. 12 UAB over No. 5 Ohio State, No. 7 Saint Mary’s over No. 10 Tennessee, No. 2 Kansas over No. 15 William & Mary, No. 12 UAB over No. 5 Xavier.

Keh does not look that kindly on the American Athletic Conference, predicting 10 losses for Louisville, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Louisville, South Florida, Memphis, Temple, Tulsa, UCF, SMU and UConn. If the field is expanded to 64, Keh’s projected bracketology teams go 13-9.


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