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NCAA matchup: UCLA vs. Minnesota

Bruins have more momentum than Gophers, but is a loss to Cal Poly worse than a loss to Northwestern?

March 17, 2013|By Chris Foster
  • Minnesota guard Andre Hollins drives past Nebraska guard Ray Gallegos in the second half of a game earlier this month.
Minnesota guard Andre Hollins drives past Nebraska guard Ray Gallegos… (Nati Harnik / Associated…)

No. 6 UCLA (25-9) vs. No. 11 Minnesota (20-12)

Friday, Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

How they got here: UCLA was the Pac-12 regular-season champion and reached the conference tournament final. Minnesota finished tied for seventh in the Big Ten and lost in the first round of the conference tournament.

Last 10 games: UCLA 7-3, Minnesota 3-7.

Record vs. NCAA tournament teams: UCLA 6-4; Minnesota 6-7.

Best wins/worst losses: UCLA defeated Arizona three times, including a 66-64 victory in the Pac-12 tournament, but the Bruins lost to Cal Poly at home, 70-68. Minnesota defeated Indiana, 77-73, and Michigan State, 76-63, but lost to Northwestern, 55-48.

Common opponent: UCLA split with USC, losing 75-71 in overtime on Jan. 30, and winning, 75-59, on Feb. 24. Minnesota defeated USC, 71-57, on Dec. 8.

UCLA lineup: Starters — F Travis Wear (11.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg), F Kyle Anderson (9.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg), G Shabazz Muhammad (17.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg), G Norman Powell (5.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg), G Larry Drew II (7.6 ppg, 7.4 apg). Top reserves — F David Wear (7.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg), C Tony Parker (2.2 ppg, 1.1 rpg).

Minnesota lineup: Starters —- F Rodney Williams (10.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg), F Trevor Mbakwe (10,0 ppg, 8.7 rpg), G Joe Coleman (8.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg), G Austin Hollins (10.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg), G Andre Hollins (13.9 ppg, 3.4 apg). Top reserves — G Julian Welch (3.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg), C Elliott Eliason (2.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg).

It's a fact: The bloodlines are good, with sons of former NBA stars on both teams. Larry Drew II is the son of Larry Drew, who played with four NBA teams, including the Lakers from 1989-91. Austin Hollins is the son of Lionel Hollins, who won an NBA title with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977. Both are currently NBA head coaches — Drew with the Atlanta Hawks and Hollins with the Memphis Grizzlies.

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