LOS ANGELES—UCLA, Stanford,
In the 2014 NCAA Tournament, two teams (UCLA, SDSU) gained automatic bids with conference titles, while Stanford and Cal Poly were bubble teams that had been selected due to their Rating Percentage Index (RPI), which ranks teams by their season records.
The Mustangs of San Luis Obispo in their first tournament appearance ever, still need to make the round of 64 as they face Texas Southern University to determine who will play number one seeded Wichita State. Neither team has a serious chance against the Shockers, but making it this far is a privilege not seen by many teams. Their record of 13-19 against TSU’s 19-14 looks to be a big challenge despite winning the Big West tournament.
The Aztecs of San Diego State look to have a better run through the tourney after winning the Mountain West Title with a season full of huge upsets to teams like Creighton,
The Stanford Cardinals have been a number one seed in the past, but their 10th rank in the south region spells big hurdles for them to jump over. The team has not been to the tourney since 2008, the Cardinals sits in an area with huge names like
The one team that has a great shot at immortality is the UCLA Bruins who are very familiar with March Madness. The Bruins have made it to the NCAA tournament 48 times throughout history and their chances of overcoming their opposition are bright with their first match against
UCLA has a roster that has grown into a highly talented group of players this year and could go all the way to a national title. With first year coach Steve Alford leading the team to a 26-8 record and their first PAC-12 title since 2008, a good run can be assured from the Bruins who will fight hard to bring a title to Westwood for the first time since 1995.
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