UCLA Rumbles Into Final Four

Bruins return for the third straight year
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 29, 2008 8:57 PM CDT
Xavier's Stanley Burrell, left, passes around UCLA's Lorenzo Mata-Real (14) during the second half of their NCAA men's basketball tournament West Regional final, Saturday, March 29, 2008, in Phoenix.    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – UCLA is back in the Final Four for the third straight year. In Thursday's win over Western Kentucky, Bruins fans chanted "Keeeeeff" as James Keefe led the charge. Today, they were back to "Loooooc" as Luc Richard Mbah a Moute shook off a bad ankle to help spark the Bruins past Xavier 76-57, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Kevin Love finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for UCLA. Mbah a Moute had only 9 points and 8 rebounds, but his defense helped lead the Bruins to a 33-24 halftime lead. He scored 5 of the Bruins last 8 points leading into the break. The Bruins (35-3) join Duke and Michigan State as the only schools to reach the Final Four three straight years since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.