Tulsa to face UCLA in NCAA tournament

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The No. 13-seed Hurricane goes to San Diego to face the No. 4 Bruins

ncaa2014 Tulsa received a No. 13-seed and will face the No. 4-seed UCLA Bruins on Friday, March 21st in a South Region game from San Diego, California. The time of the game will be announced either late Sunday or Monday.

For NCAA tickets, the TU Athletic Ticket Office will be open for ticket requests on Sunday, March 16th from 8:00-10:00 p.m. and on Monday March 17th from 8 a.m.-12 noon. Ticket requests for the NCAA Tournament are limited to two tickets per person. The ticket office number is 918.631.GoTU (4688). There will be no online ordering for NCAA tickets.

The University of Tulsa will not be offering official travel packages for NCAA 2nd and 3rd round tournament games. Check www.tulsahurricane.com for the latest fan updates on the NCAA Tournament.

The winner of the Tulsa-UCLA game will play the winner of No. 5-seed VCU vs. No. 12-seed Stephen F. Austin on Sunday.

UCLA, winners of the PAC-12 Conference with a victory over No. 4-ranked Arizona on Saturday, has posted a 26-8 overall record this year. Tulsa enters the NCAA tournament on an 11-game winning streak and has posted an overall 21-12 record. Tulsa is making its 15th NCAA tournament appearance and first since the 2002-03 season.

"UCLA is a very talented team. This is Steve's (Alford) first year there," said Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning. "They ended up winning the tournament title. They played very well in that game and they've got really good players that I've seen and watched for a very long time. We've got our hands full, but I like the matchup."

The Golden Hurricane won the Conference USA Championship after finishing in a four-way tie for the league's regular season title. Tulsa won the C-USA tournament on Saturday with a 69-60 win over LA Tech, and received C-USA's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Tulsa and UCLA has played five times before as the Bruins hold a 3-2 series advantage. The Hurricane has won the last two meetings, including a 112-102 victory against the #17-ranked Bruins in a 1994 NCAA Tournament first round game, and a 77-76 overtime game in the 1996 season opener as a part of the preseason NIT.

Donald Tomkalski