Kentucky started it with a touchdown and extra point in the opening 90 seconds. The lead grew to 24-0 before UCLA could finally muster up a basket. Eventually, in the second half, the Wildcats led 46-10, bringing back memories of the ’85 Bears and Super Bowl XX.
Michael Frazier II hit five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points as Florida beat UCLA 79-68 to reach its fourth consecutive NCAA regional final.
Ben Howland allowed an influx of talented but immature recruits to undermine team discipline and morale as the once-proud program has struggled to live up to its storied history.
The former Bears offensive coordinator was on the open market after his contract expired, but apparently didn’t receive many offers.
Terry Hawthorne returned an interception 39 yards for Illinois’ first touchdown late in the third quarter and the Illini snapped a six-game losing streak by beating UCLA 20-14 in the Fight Hunger Bowl.
Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz is reportedly interested in the head coaching vacancy at UCLA.
UCLA fired coach Rick Neuheisel on Monday after four disappointing seasons in charge of his alma mater.