Charles Barkley picks Kent State over UCLA because of LaVar Ball

Five editors five different predictions on how the Bruins will do in the NCAA Tournament. UCLA will tip off Friday night against Kent State in Sacramento

UCLA vs. Kent State live score updates, TV channel: NCAA Tournament first round

Junior forward Kyle Washington finished with 16 points in his first NCAA Tournament game as a Bearcat.

If any team was built to exploit this weakness, it's Kent State, which is second in the nation in offensive rebounds, with 15 per game, and Hall coming in fifth in the nation individually, with 4.1 per game.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, UCLA is the clear favorite today, as the Bruins are getting odds of -18.5 points against Kent State. UCLA went more than 12 minutes between missed field-goal attempts at one point. The Bruins tried only 14 three-pointers. Gary Clark had 15 points and seven rebounds.

Ball played with tape on his sprained left thumb and Leaf wore a brace on his sprained left ankle, but neither seemed to be bothered by their injuries.

USC will play No. 3 seed Baylor on Sunday, their third game in five days. They are returning after losing in the first round to Saint Joseph's University in 2016.

"We didn't know how they were going to defend us".

There is just a 16 percent chance that UCLA is ousted by Kent State in the first round, and by all accounts, the Bruins should be moving on to the second round. But UCLA will start off with the Golden Flashes of Kent State.

The Bruins had a scare in the first half when Lonzo Ball landed hard on his hip trying to grab a rebound. Ball clutched his right hip, was helped to his feet and had a noticeable limp in the final minute of the half, but he appeared to be moving freely in the second half.

Ball, father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball, has been a media sensation as he continues to hype up his son's talents, as well as his own. "I'm good", he said. "They accomplished a lot of wonderful feats, and I don't want this game to take away from (that)".

Alford said he was concerned when he saw Ball hit the floor.

Smith: I'm just asking.

Regardless, Kent State's Jimmy Hall had a terrific individual performance.

"Once I found out he averaged two points a game in college... listen, you need to slow your roll", Barkley said.

Cronin said in a press conference Tuesday that he would like to have a player, senior guard Troy Caupain specifically, get on fire during the tournament.

"I thought for the most part we guarded pretty well". It can also be streamed via the March Madness Live app, which can be downloaded from Apple's App store or the Google Play store.

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