SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Arron Afflalo (AHF'-uh-loh) hit ten of 15 shots for a game-high 24 points in leading second-seed U-C-L-A past top-seeded Kansas 68-to-55 in the West Regional championship. It means an N-C-A-A record 17th trip to the Final Four for U-C-L-A.
The Bruins, who lost to Florida in last season's national title game, could be in for a rematch. They'll meet Sunday's winner of the Gators' regional final against Oregon. Brandon Rush scored 18 points for the Jayhawks, the first number-one seed to be eliminated from the tournament. U-C-L-A has never lost to Kansas in five N-C-A-A tournament meetings.
U-C-L-A also has back-to-back 30-win seasons for the first time since 1972-73, when two of John Wooden's ten championship-winning teams each went 30-and-0. U-C-L-A is aiming for its 12th national title, and first since 1995.