Sunday, March 30, 2008

NEWS FLASH: KEVIN LOVE IS REALLY GOOD

UCLA 76, XAVIER 57

Hey, we don’t pay much attention to PAC 10 basketball – we don’t stay up that late too often and when we do, we ain’t watchin’ hoop from out west. None the less, we are aware of the fact that UCLA’s superfrosh Kevin Love is good – really good. Last night, he put on a show that confirmed his elite status.

After reaching the Final Four for the third straight time, UCLA coach Ben Howland called these Bruins "by far the best" of the three.

The other two didn't have Love, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the top-seeded Bruins blitzed Xavier 76-57 Saturday to earn their record 18th overall trip to the Final Four. Love was picked as the most outstanding player of the West Regional.

The Bruins (35-3, also undefeated in March) lost in the Final Four the last two years. But they go to San Antonio with Love, who has given them a formidable inside presence and has raised his game in this tournament.

UCLA plays the Memphis-Texas winner in the national semifinal in San Antonio on April 5.

Love made 7-of-11 shots from the floor, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. Half of his rebounds came at the offensive end and he added four assists for good measure.
The Musketeers (30-7) had no answer for Love on a day they shot 36.2 percent from the floor -- a credit to UCLA's relentless man-to-man defense.

UCLA forward Kevin Love, center, shoots between Xavier players C.J. Anderson, bottom, B.J. Raymond, center left, Derrick Brown, top left, and Josh Duncan, right, during the second half of the NCAA West Regional men's basketball final. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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