March Madness: 5 Reasons No. 14 Kent State Can Upset No. 3 UCLA

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Ready for some March Madness and looking for 5 reasons the No. 14 Kent State Golden Flashes can upset the No. 3 UCLA Bruins in the NCAA Tournament. Here you go…

It’s been 15 years since Antonio Gates and Trevor Huffman put glass slippers on Flash all the way to the Elite 8.

Now the current Flashes, seeded 14th, will try to do the impossible and knock off No. 3 UCLA, a team lead by potential NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball.

The two teams play Friday, March 17 at 10 p.m.. If the previous game finishes early, the Kent/UCLA game will commence 30 minutes after the final whistle.

The game will be broadcast on truTV.

This NCAA Tournament will mark the sixth appearance in the Big Dance for the Golden Flashes. The program hasn’t won a tournament game since that memorable tourney run in 2002. The Flashes boast a 4-5 record in the tournament since 1999.

To earn its fifth tournament win, the program faces a tough test, with UCLA–owners of the highest scoring offense in the country–waiting in the first round.

Does Kent State have a shot? You’re probably not picking the Flashes in your bracket, but hey, this is March Madness. There wouldn’t be Cinderella without upsets of this magnitude. Plus keep in mind, 21 No. 14 seeds have knocked off No. 3 seeds since the tourney expanded to 64 teams in 1984-1985.

With that in mind, here’s five reasons Kent State can upset UCLA.