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5 Reasons Why UCLA Will Win The 2014 NCAA Tournament

5 Reasons Why UCLA Will Win the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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The UCLA Bruins finished the 2013–14 college basketball season by winning the PAC-12 Championship and sealing their place in the big dance. Not expected to be a major threat for the national championship, UCLA is actually very dangerous. Here are five reasons why the Bruins could win the 2014 NCAA tournament.

5. They're Underrated

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5. They're Underrated

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The PAC-12 may have six teams in the 2014 NCAA tournament, but most of those teams aren’t favored to advanced. The Bruins are a great team that deserves more credit.

4. Steve Alford

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4. Steve Alford

Steve Alford
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I said it before, and I’ll say it again. Alford reminds me of Billy Donovan. He’s able to turn a great team into an elite team over time.

3. Big Wins

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3. Big Wins

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UCLA won the PAC-12 championship over Arizona. Anyone that can beat Arizona is a national championship contender.

2. Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams

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2. Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams

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Not many teams in college basketball have a duo as talented as Adams and Anderson. Expect big things from these two.

1. Consistently Getting Better

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1. Consistently Getting Better

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UCLA didn’t beat any top teams in the non-conference portion of its schedule, but it continuously got better during conference play. One or two wins, and the Bruins could ride confidence to the Final Four.