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TIDE WILL ROLL

By Marc Lawrence — A quick tale of the tape in today’s Sweet 16 round matchup between Alabama and UCLA produces these numbers:

Alabama has technically appeared in nine Sweet 16s, however, the 1987 Sweet 16 was vacated due to NCAA sanctions. Despite reaching eight official regional semifinals, Alabama has reached only one Elite Eight and owns a record of 1-7 in Sweet 16 games.

Alabama boasts four seniors who have played more than 100 games.

UA leads the country with 341 made threes and 961 threes attempted this season. Those marks are both Alabama program records.

The Tide has gone 20-3 over its last 23 games, with all three losses coming on the road to teams ranked in the top 25.

UCLA has compiled a record of 111-42 (.725) in NCAA Tournament play with a nation-leading 11 NCAA Championships.

As a team, the Bruins are outscoring the competition by 5.2 points a contest (73.1-67.9), while shooting 46.3 percent from the field, 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the charity strip.

UCLA’s Achilles heel is on the glass The Bruins are being outrebounded by an average of 4.3 boards per game (35.3-31.0).

To read more on this matchup click here.

The Godfather Checks Out

What Howard Schnellenberger did at Miami remains one of the greatest transformations in college football history.

Before his arrival in 1979, Miami administrators considered dropping the sport as the losses mounted and morale dipped.

But after he helped deliver the 1983 national championship, Miami won three more national titles over the next six seasons.

Though he was only there for the ’83 title, the speed and athleticism the Hurricanes first displayed under Schnellenberger became a blueprint for programs across the country.

With the Hurricanes, he coached Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar and Vinny Testaverde, the foundation for the “Quarterback U” moniker Miami once owned.

The legendary Schnellenberger passed away yesterday at the age of 83. Here’s hoping his baritone voice, bushy mustache and ever-present pipe travels well with him.

Grinding Out The Profits

From the Playbook Sweet 16 Tourney Guide: UCLA 1-8 SU and 2-7 ATS head coach Mick Cronin in the NCAA tourney versus .790 or greater opponents.

Alabama head coach Nate Oats is 16-4 SU and 14-6 ATs in the postseason, including 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS versus sub .690 opponents.

It’s almost appears as if the ebb is near for UCLA, if you know what I mean.

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