Selection Sunday Quotes
UCLA head coach Steve Alford
March 16, 2014

on facing Tulsa this Friday
“[Head coach Danny Manning] He has been around winning, both as a player and as a coach, his whole life. And now he’s taken over the Tulsa program and he’s just done a tremendous job. Other than Stephen F. Austin and Wichita [State], they’re probably the hottest team in the country. They’ve won 11 in a row. They’ve played against the likes of Wichita [State] and Creighton in the non-conference. I know they’re very well-coached and they will be ready for us.”

on being able to play in San Diego this weekend
“It’s good for us, for at least a couple of reasons. One, we are in finals. Our guys have had to go to the conference tournament on Wednesday, and they’ve been gone all week leading into finals. Finals are Monday and Tuesday. Had we played on a Thursday and had to travel to Buffalo or wherever, it would have been really demanding on our guys from an academic standpoint. Now, playing on a Friday, after playing three games in three days, we were able to give our guys off today, have Monday off, and they can really concentrate on finishing finals. We’ll meet them at 3 o’clock on Tuesday once finals are over, so that’s just a huge positive.”

on having Tulsa, VCU and Stephen F. Austin in the South Region
“That’s what is neat about March Madness now. You look at any bracket, and it’s hard. It’s one game. You’ve got to take one game at a time. You try to survive and advance. Being in San Diego, you’ve got guys like Norman [Powell] who is from San Diego. You’ve got guys like the Wears being from Orange County. We’ve got some local guys. And then with our fans, our fans will be able to get there. It’s an exciting time for us. We’ve made a really good push in the last two weeks. I feel like we have been playing our best basketball, and you want to be playing your best basketball in March. We feel very good going into the tournament, but with that being said, you’ve got to play well, you’ve got to make shots, you’ve got to defend. If there is any indication from what happened this weekend, I think that our guys are ready for it.”

on whether this was a best-case scenario with regard to seeds
“I don’t know where we were, if you are talking seeding, from a seed standpoint. But to be one of the top four seeds in this region, that’s important for our first year and building a foundation and winning a Pac-12 Championship and getting one of the top four seeds. And then being able to play fairly local, that’s a great opportunity and now we have got to make the most of it.”

on whether UCLA’s win over Arizona helped the Bruins’ NCAA Tournament seed
“I have no idea. I don’t know if it was enhanced. Arizona was a one [seed] going into the tournament, and they lost in the championship game. That wasn’t going to affect them. With regard to Oregon, Stanford, Arizona State, ourselves, I have no idea, Colorado, where they had us. I have no idea where they had us, but that had to have enhanced our resume.”


UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 77
Sunday, Dec 06
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 76
Saturday, Dec 12
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
W, 71 - 66
Tuesday, Dec 15
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
W, 89 - 80
Saturday, Dec 19
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
L, 76 - 89
Tuesday, Dec 22
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 67 - 53
Friday, Jan 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 93 - 96 (2OT)
Sunday, Jan 03
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 78 - 85
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 84
Saturday, Jan 09
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 74
Wednesday, Jan 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 75 - 89
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
W, 82 - 73
Saturday, Jan 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 72 - 86
Thursday, Jan 28
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 84 - 86
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 50
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
Friday, Feb 12
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 75 - 81
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 09 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Thursday, Mar 10 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 8:30 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, Mar 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, Mar 15 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Four
Dayton, OH
Thursday, Mar 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Mar 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Thursday, Mar 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Mar 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Apr 02 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
Monday, Apr 04 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX