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UCLA vs. Michigan State at a glance

How the No. 7-seeded Bruins match up with the No. 10-seeded Spartans.

March 13, 2011|By Ben Bolch
  • Michigan State guard Kalin Lucas has helped the Spartans reach the Final Four each of the last two seasons.
Michigan State guard Kalin Lucas has helped the Spartans reach the Final… (Michael Hickey / US Presswire )

No. 7 UCLA (22-10)

vs. No. 10 Michigan State (19-14)

THURSDAY, AT TAMPA, FLA.

How they got here: UCLA received an at-large berth after finishing second in the Pacific 10 Conference regular-season standings and losing in the conference tournament quarterfinals; Michigan State received an at-large berth after finishing in a four-way tie for fourth in the Big Ten Conference regular-season and advancing to the conference semifinals.

Last 10 games: UCLA, 7-3; Michigan State, 6-4.

Best wins/worst losses: UCLA defeated Brigham Young, 86-79, and Arizona, 71-49, but lost to Montana, 66-57, and Oregon, 76-59. Michigan State defeated Minnesota twice and Wisconsin, 64-61, but lost to Iowa, 72-52.

Common opponent: Washington. UCLA lost to the Huskies twice, 74-63, on Dec. 31 and 70-63 on March 3. Michigan State defeated the Huskies, 76-71, on Nov. 24.

UCLA lineup: Starters — F Reeves Nelson (13.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg); F Tyler Honeycutt (12.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg); C Anthony Stover (0.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg); G Malcolm Lee (13.0 ppg); G Lazeric Jones (9.4 ppg, 3.7 apg). Top reserves — C Joshua Smith (10.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg); G Jerime Anderson (5.3 ppg); F Brendan Lane (2.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg).

Michigan State lineup: Starters — G Kalin Lucas (17.2 ppg, 3.3 apg); F Draymond Green (12.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg); G Durrell Summers (11.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg); C Adreian Payne (2.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg); G Mike Kebler (1.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg). Top reserves — G Keith Appling (6.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg); F Delvon Roe (6.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg); C Garrick Sherman (3.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg).

Stat watch: UCLA led the Pac-10 with an average of 4.7 more rebounds than its opponents, and Michigan State ranked second in the Big Ten with an average of 4.2 more rebounds than its opponents. The Bruins led the Pac-10 with 5.8 blocked shots per game; the Spartans ranked second in the Big Ten with 4.8.

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