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Alford, UCLA Draw Tulsa In NCAA Opener

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Travis Wear #24 of the UCLA Bruins high fives head coach Steve Alford after they took the lead against the Arizona Wildcats during the championship game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 15, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UCLA won 75-71. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Travis Wear #24 of the UCLA Bruins high fives head coach Steve Alford after they took the lead against the Arizona Wildcats during the championship game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 15, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UCLA won 75-71. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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 LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA will open the NCAA tournament as a No. 4 seed against Tulsa in San Diego on Friday.

The Bruins (26-8), in their first season under coach Steve Alford, upset No. 4 Arizona 75-71 in the Pac-12 tournament championship on Saturday to earn the league’s automatic berth. UCLA is the fourth seed in the South, and Tulsa is the 13th seed.

Tulsa (21-12) closed with 11 consecutive victories under second-year coach Danny Manning. The Golden Hurricane secured their berth by winning the Conference USA tournament as the second seed to earn its first NCAA tournament berth since 2003.

Manning played on a national championship winning team at Kansas in 1988.

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