News

Sweet 16 tips off today on KPUG

Sweet 16 tips off today on KPUG

The Florida Gator Dazzlers perform during a break in a second-round game between Penn State and Florida in the NCAA college basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in State College, Pa. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

UNDATED (AP) — The run to the Final Four continues tonight with the start of the NCAA tournament’s regional semifinals.

No. 1 overall seed Florida heads into tonight’s South Regional game against UCLA in Memphis riding a 28-game winning streak. The 34-2 Gators have one of the nation’s stingiest defenses, allowing an average of 57.5 points a game. They’ve held 26 opponents to 61 or fewer points.

UCLA is averaging 81.5 points a game, led by 6-foot-9 guard Kyle Anderson. The sophomore leads the 28-8 Bruins in scoring, rebounding and assists.

UCLA guard Norman Powell works out during practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. UCLA plays Florida in a regional semifinal on Thursday.

UCLA guard Norman Powell works out during practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. UCLA plays Florida in a regional semifinal on Thursday. AP Photo/John Bazemore

One of UCLA’s losses came against Stanford, which takes on Dayton in the first half of the Memphis doubleheader. That’s a battle of double-digit seeds. The 23-12 Cardinal are No. 10 while 25-10 Dayton is seeded 11th. The Flyers have won 12 of their last 14.

Top West Regional seed Arizona takes on San Diego State in a rematch of an early season meeting. The 32-4 Wildcats beat the Aztecs 69-60 in San Diego on Nov. 14. That was the third of Arizona’s 21 straight wins to open the season. San Diego State went on to win 20 straight after that on the way to a 31-4 mark.

Regional semifinal regulars Wisconsin and Baylor open up the doubleheader in Anaheim. The Badgers are there for the third time in four years, the Bears for the third time in five.

Sweet 16 East and Midwest regional action goes on in New York and Indianapolis, respectively, on Friday.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Sheriff fined for refusing judge’s order on sex offender

Fresh
police lights

A judge has fined the Franklin County sheriff $100 for refusing to follow an order to allow a sex offender out on work release.

in Local

18 indicted on federal drug trafficking charges

Fresh
drugs

A two-year investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement partners has led to 18 arrests.

in Local

Man gets 90 years for shooting that killed teen girl

Fresh
prison

A Snohomish County Superior Court judge has sentenced the man who shot and killed a 15-year-old girl as she walked down the street with her friends

in Local

Increased screening planned for airline, airport employees

Fresh
In this photo taken Tuesday, March 24, 2015, an Alaska Airlines jet moves past others already parked at a terminal at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash.

Officials are tightening security for airline and airport employees at Sea-Tac Airport

in Local

Washington Legislature going into special session

Fresh
A sidewalk outside the Legislative building is bustling with people on the first day of the 2014 session of the Washington state Legislature, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.

The House's budget chair says Washington lawmakers will not finish their work by Sunday's deadline