UCLA beats UAB Blazers 92-75 to advance to South semifinal

Mar 21, 2015 5:51 PM by Ross Field

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Tony Parker led five Bruins in double figures with a career-high 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as 11th-seeded UCLA beat 14th-seeded UAB 92-75 on Saturday to advance to its second straight Sweet 16.

The Bruins (22-13), the team many thought shouldn't had even been in the field of 68, have won six of their last seven games in earning their first consecutive Sweet 16 berths since reaching the Final Four three straight seasons between 2006 and 2008. They will play either Gonzaga or Iowa on Friday in the South Regional semifinal in Houston.

UCLA improved No. 11 seeds to a perfect 5-0 against 14 seeds in the NCAA Tournament, and the Bruins didn't need any questionable calls to win the program's second game as a double-digit seed.

This time, they just dominated inside and shot the ball as well as they have all season.

The Blazers (20-16) missed out on their first regional semifinal since 2004.

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