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UCLA will open with Minnesota in NCAA tournament

March 17, 2013|By Chris Foster
  • Bruins point guard Larry Drew II is fouled trying to drive past Ducks point guard Johnathan Loyd in the second half Saturday night.
Bruins point guard Larry Drew II is fouled trying to drive past Ducks point… (Jeff Gross / Getty Images )

UCLA will play Minnesota on Friday in Austin, Texas, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The Bruins (25-9), who finished second in the Pac-12 Conference tournament, are the sixth-seeded team in the South Regional.

If UCLA beats the Gophers (20-12), it would play the winner of third-seeded Florida and No. 14 Northwestern State in the third round. The Sweet 16 in the South Regional will be held in Arlington, Texas.

The Bruins have a 5-1 record against Minnesota. The Gophers have four players averaging double figures, led by guard Andre Hill at 13.9 points. But Minnesota has a 5-11 record in its last 16 games.

Also in UCLA's portion of the South Regional bracket vying for spots in the Sweet 16 are second-seeded Georgetown, which plays No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast, and seventh-seeded San Diego State, which opens with No. 10 Oklahoma.

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