LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – UCLA defied expectations by making it to Sweet Sixteen, but now they face the Alabama powerhouse on Sunday, and manager Mick Cronin is not saying anything about what his players are facing.
“They are a team with a high octane rating. They really can, really do it, burn their own net, ”Cronin said during a chat with CBS 2’s Jim Hill and KCAL 9 Sports, KCAL 9’s sporting director. in which they have made 14, 15 three-point shots in one match. And they can fire in any position, and they can shoot all your lights.
Cronin said they had faced other agile sports teams before, specifically Oregon in Pac-12.
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“Alabama – they bounce better than Oregon. So that’s a big concern for me, ”said Cronin. “Not only do they shoot their guns, I think we’ll do it well, but their resilience will probably be my biggest concern, limiting their firing efforts.”
UCLA entered the NCAA tournament with a series of 4 losses, but survived 3 matches after 5 days. Cronin said it will be a difficult week of being stuck in a hotel, working to prepare for the match against Alabama.
“I think after we met those defeats, it only took us a while to get the others to speed up and really get the formula for success, but we actually won as be a team, ”he said.