Photo by Andy Lyons, © Getty Images - Jordan Farmar #1 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates after scoring a basket against the LSU Tigers in the second half during the semifinal game of the NCAA Men's Final Four on April 1, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Now THAT is an "Ugly Sports Face" ... a well earned one at that!
This from AP via Yahoo Sports -
(2) UCLA 59, (4) LSU 45
By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer
April 1, 2006 AP - Apr 1, 11:10 pm EST
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Oh, Baby, can UCLA play defense.
Throw some offense in there on the same night and not even LSU and its gigantic star, Glen "Big Baby" Davis, had a chance. The Bruins shut him down Saturday en route to a 59-45 victory over the Tigers that put them one win away from their 12th national title.
The last step in the quest to hang another banner at Pauley Pavilion comes Monday in the final against Florida, a 73-58 winner over George Mason in the first semifinal.
Luc Richard Mbah A Moute was UCLA's top performer in this one, finishing with 17 points on 5-for-9 shooting, to go with nine rebounds. But he got plenty of help.
And this from the Rocky Mountian News -
Bruins' defense shuts down Tigers
By Randy Holtz, Rocky Mountain News April 1, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS – Hey, isn’t this the Final Four?
Isn’t this supposed to be the most riveting, compelling, dramatic basketball on the planet? No one seemed to get that memo on Saturday, fans streaming out of the RCA Dome halfway through the second of two nondescript games on an unusually forgettable day of hoops on the college game’s grandest stage.
After Florida led nearly from start to finish in Game 1 to dispatch George Mason, UCLA followed suit with a surprising 59-45 thrashing of Louisiana State, the Bruins using their defense to harass the abysmally shooting Tigers into easy submission.
The Bruins, a No. 2 seed, and the Gators, a No. 3, will hook up on Monday night in what fans hope will be a far more entertaining game than the ones they saw Saturday. UCLA will try to extend its record number of NCAA titles to 12, while Florida will be going for its first. Tipoff is 7:17 p.m. MDT on CBS 4.