(4) UCLA Bruins

Record: 26-8 How they got here: Won Pac-12 Tournament Strengths: UCLA leans on a potent offensive attack, entering the final week of the week of the regular season ranked No. 5 nationally in assists (17.2 apg), No. 9 in field-goal percentage (.492) and No. 10 in scoring (82.0 ppg). The team also is opportunistic, ranking No. 4 nationally in steals (9.5 spg). Guard Jordan Adams and forward Kyle Anderson are key leaders for the Bruins and helped them upset Arizona in the Pac-12 title game. UCLA is making its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and seeks its first Final Four appearance since 2008. Weaknesses: UCLA's team defense isn't especially strong and it faltered in its biggest nonconference matchups against Duke and Missouri. Coach Steve Alford has had trouble leading his previous teams deep in the NCAA Tournament, with the No. 3 seed New Mexico squad he coached last year upset by then-No. 14 seed Harvard.
Joe Nicholson, USA Today Sports
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