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By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
Topic - Norman Powell
UCLA had a chance to beat Florida. When the Bruins got close, they bogged down.
UCLA is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time in six seasons, a big step in the right direction for a program whose tradition was tarnished in recent seasons.
This is what UCLA is supposed to do in the NCAA tournament.
Eventually, the pain of losing to UCLA in the NCAA tournament will go away for Danny Manning and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
UCLA stepped on the gas after yet another mediocre first half, and Utah had no answer for the Bruins' pressure at both ends of the court in the final 20 minutes. As a result, the Utes left Pauley Pavilion questioning themselves following a belated rally that came up short.
UCLA coach Steve Alford channeled his inner Bobby Knight and gave his team the kind of stern halftime lecture he used to hear himself numerous times during his playing days at Indiana.
Travis Wear didn't really have time to think.
Colorado had a rough time in its first game without star guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
While many of his UCLA teammates struggled with their shooting touch, Norman Powell had little problem getting his shots to fall.
Steve Alford walked into Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday for the first time since the 1984 Summer Olympics, took his place under the 11 national championship banners and called his new job as UCLA basketball coach "a challenge."
"We weren't able to knock down some wide open shots," UCLA guard Norman Powell said. "We had shots we've been knocking down all season long, and they weren't going in. That's what happened. The difference was at the 3-point line. We made (3 of 18), and they were knocking it down."