Lakers beat UCLA, win NCAA tournament
UCLA basketball is no stranger to the NCAA tournament.
Last year, the Bruins earned their first NCAA title and first Final Four since 2001.
And this year’s team has played well in all three tournaments, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance last weekend.
But there’s still much work to do.
Here’s a look at the 2017 NCAA tournament teams and how they’ll fare.
UCLA Bruins: 1.
Anthony Davis, point guard, Louisville: Davis is one of the most explosive and versatile players in the country, and he’s also one of college basketball’s most underrated players.
He led the Bruins to a 17-8 record and a Final Four berth.
Davis scored 20 points and added eight assists in the victory over Texas A&M on Friday night.
Marcus Paige, forward, Louisville, point guards: Paige is one the best scorers in the nation at 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, but he’s not just a scorer.
He can also defend the perimeter, score and create.
He finished with 22 points and eight rebounds in Louisville’s win over the Aggies on Friday.
Paige was named to the first-team All-ACC team.
Alex Len, guard, Villanova: Len is one part of a big Villanova team that also includes Joel Embiid, Jalen Brunson and Aaron Gordon.
Len had 24 points and six rebounds as the Wildcats beat Gonzaga on Friday in their third NCAA tournament appearance.
Ryan Kelly, forward/center, Oregon: Kelly is one half of the Oregon offense that’s scoring at a top-10 level.
He has 16.7 points per game on 61.3 percent shooting.
The 6-5 guard is averaging 11.3 points on 38.3% shooting.
Marcus Morris, guard/center/forward, Missouri: Morris is averaging 12.6 points per contest as Missouri improves to 10-1 overall and 8-0 in the Big 12.
He’s also averaging 10.3 rebounds per game.
Austin Nichols, guard-forward, Louisville (first round): Nichols, who was a member of the 2014 UConn team that upset No. 2 seed Duke, is averaging 10 points per outing for Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.
Jaylen Brown, forward-center, UCLA: Brown has been a major part of UCLA’s resurgence, averaging 18.4 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest.
He leads the Bruins with seven steals and five blocks per game, and the 6-9 guard has been an integral part of the Bruins’ turnaround.
Anthony Gill, forward (first) and guard, Michigan State: Gill has been one of three Spartans to average at least 14 points per night, and that includes a triple-double against No. 12 seed Indiana.
He is averaging 13.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists in his two games in the tournament.
Josh Richardson, guard (second round): Richardson, a 6-8 guard, is one reason why the Spartans have been so successful this year.
He scored 12 points against No, 3 seed Iowa on Friday, and has scored 16.3 per contest on 51.5 percent shooting in his past four games.
Tyler Zeller, guard and forward (second), North Carolina: Zeller is a freshman who has emerged as one of North Carolina’s most promising young players.
The 5-9 center is averaging 14.5 and 11.7 boards per game in his three appearances.
Markelle Fultz, guard & forward, Washington: Fultz is averaging 16.6 and 13.4 ppg, but is shooting 44.6 percent overall from the field in the D-League.
Devin Booker, forward & forward (third round): Booker is one point shy of tying Karl-Anthony Towns for the NCAA’s lead in assists per game (13.2).
He has been sensational in North Carolina.
Aaron Gordon, forward (& second) and forward, Maryland: Gordon has scored 19.2 points per day on 61 percent shooting and has averaged 8.8 rebounds per day.
Nick Bjugstad, forward&forward, Kentucky: Bjugster is averaging a double-double in the ACC Tournament, but has played very little basketball this year because of injuries.
He was forced to sit out the season finale with a sore back.
Malik Monk, forward and forward¢er, Florida: Monk is a two-time NCAA champion and the only player in the Atlantic 10 Conference to be selected first-round by the New York Knicks.
He shot 44.7 percent from the floor and is averaging 8.9 rebounds per night.
Kyle Kuzma, guard&forward&forward &forward, Villaga: Kuzmah has been the focal point of Villaga’s recent success.
The 10-year veteran is averaging 15.8