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Report: Steve Alford to UCLA

New Mexico v Harvard

After leading New Mexico to a disappointing *second round exit in this year’s tournament, Steve Alford is going to be rewarded with a new job and more money. What a world.

ESPN’s Andy Katz reports the Indiana alum and current Lobos head coach will take the head coaching position at UCLA. Alford began his coaching career at Manchester in 1991. He hasn’t taken a team to the sweet 16 since 1999, when he was the coach at Southwest Missouri State.

Alford signed a 10-year contract extension with New Mexico ten days ago that included a $240,000 raise and a $1 million buyout if he were to leave before April 1, 2015. We repeat, what a world.

*they lost to Harvard in the round of 64, which is no longer the first round because semantics are slowly killing us all.

Arizona v UCLA - Pac-12 Semifinals

There’s a reason No. 6 UCLA was immediately picked as the team most vulnerable to an early round upset when the bracket was unveiled, as with Jordan Adams’ season ending injury in the Pac-12 tournament, the team’s horrible rebounding numbers and the minor scandal revolving around Shabazz Muhammad being a year older than the basketball world had been led to believe, there was just a ton of negativity surrounding the Bruins heading into their opening matchup agains No. 11 Minnesota.

With the Bruins then being trounced and quickly disposed of by the Golden Gophers in that game, the expected firing of Howland seems a fitting end to a trying season for the storied program.

Pac 12 Basketball Tournament - Semifinals - Arizona v UCLA

One of the most intriguing parts of the NCAA Tournament is watching how NBA prospects alter their draft stock – both good and bad – in games that are magnified like no games they’ve played before. One of the players to watch in this year’s tourney is UCLA swingman Shabazz Muhammad, who is currently expected to be selected in the 5-8 range come June.

However, after some odd news emerging out of a Los Angeles Times report on Friday morning, Muhammad may have more questions to answer this March than just ones about basketball.

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Big East Basketball Tournament - Syracuse v Georgetown

No. 4 seed Syracuse will begin their quest for the school’s first national title in 10 years just before 10:00 p.m. ET tonight in San Jose, but the Orange will be playing in the shadow of another reported NCAA investigation.

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