Sport: New Cinderella at the Ball

Once mighty U.C.L.A. is the surprise of the NCAA tournament

Remember how it used to be at the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball championships? Coach John Wooden and his U.C.L.A. Bruins would arrive each year carrying an empty suitcase to be used for toting home the trophy and championship banner. From 1963-64 to 1974-75, the likes of Walt Hazzard, Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton won the NCAA title ten times, including a miraculous string of seven straight championships, ending in 1973.

In those days the Final Four of the NCAA tourney, the survivors of three...

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