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UCLA coach Steve Alford is focused on the NCAA Tournament, not what job is open _ even if it is at Indiana.
Alford played four seasons in Bloomington and led the Hoosiers to the 1987 NCAA title, so his name was one of the first to come up when Indiana coach Tom Crean was fired on Thursday.
"I love UCLA. I love Los Angeles. You're talking about arguably the greatest `brand' anywhere on the planet, and we got things going at a very high level now and we're very excited about it," Alford said before the Bruins' NCAA Tournament game against Kent State. "We're excited about being in this tournament and seeing what we can do in this tournament."
Alford played at Indiana from 1983-87 and left as the school's all-time leading scorer, steals and 3-point shooting. After a brief stint in the NBA, he went into coaching, making stops at Southwest Missouri State, Iowa and New Mexico before becoming UCLA's coach in 2013.
Alford was thought to be on the hot seat heading into this season after the Bruins failed to make the NCAA Tournament a year ago, but has turned the program around with a strong recruiting class headed by point guard Lonzo Ball.
UCLA enters the NCAA Tournament 29-4 and expected to make a deep run into March.