Charles Barkley openly rooting against UCLA because of LaVar Ball

"I believe in life you have to be confident no matter what the situation", said forward Kyle Washington.

Sunday's game begins at 9:40 p.m. ET on TBS, with full streaming details available below.

So, with all that said, is it any shocking that UCLA looked so listless in a game that they ultimately won by 17?

The Bruins received a scar when Ball crashed to the floor after trying to catch a lob late in the first half.

TJ Leaf led the Bruins with 23 points.

This is the first time since 2008 that the Kent State's men's basketball team has made it to the NCAA tournament. UCLA almost reached the century mark for the eighth time this season, and the Bruins shot a blistering 62 percent from the field, including going 7 for 14 from three-point range.

It looks like Charles Barkley isn't letting his beef with basketball dad LaVar Ball go as he promised to wear UCLA's opponents jersey until the team loses.

While Mick Cronin's teams are always going to be more known for stingy defense, the Bearcats turned in an ultra-efficient performance on the offensive end in the win over the Wildcats.

"Once I found out he averaged two points a game in college... listen, you need to slow your roll", Barkley said.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, UCLA is the slight favorite in this game, as the Bruins are getting odds of -4 points against the Bearcats.

A 16-2 hole to start the game was a ditch Kent State could never escape. As for the Bearcats their offense is solid if not spectacular but in the opening round of the tournament they shot the lights out, putting more than 60% of their shots in, including more than 45% from beyond the arc. "Got a lot of hype around them, so it'll be good to face another good team and prove what we can do". There were games filled with whistles - a combined 56 fouls and 75 free throws vs. Buffalo in the MAC Tournament - countered by the combined 26 assist, 15 turnover gem delivered in the Akron-Kent State title game.

The 6-foot-6 point guard is averaging 14.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game for the third-seeded Bruins. He has pulled down six rebounds each in the two games since Boucher got hurt. He was electric early, helping to push the Bruins to an early 15-point lead at about the 13-minute mark.

The Bruins started out on a tear, at one point leading 20-5 a little less than seven minutes into the action. As Duane Broussard said after the game, Cincinnati is Kent State on steroids.

Update: UCLA wants to vroom its way to a regional semifinal.

  • Julie Sanders