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UCLA falls to Minnesota in NCAA tournament opener

March 22, 2013|By Mike Hiserman

UCLA's basketball season is over.

Is Ben Howland's tenure as Bruins coach?

Minnesota knocked off UCLA, 83-63, Friday night in a second-round South Regional game at Austin, Texas.

The Bruins (25-10) went out with a whimper, shooting poorly and obviously outmanned by an athletic team with far more depth.

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Andre Hollins led the rout, scoring 28 points for Minnesota. Austin Hollins (no relation) added 16 points. The guards were a combined nine of 14 from three-point range.

Minnesota (21-12), which came in with a record of 5-11 in its previous 16 games, shot 50%, making 31 of 62.

UCLA was led by Shabazz Muhammad, who scored 20 points in what was probably his last college game.

It was a quiet 20. He was six-of-18 shooting, finishing up by missing a contested layup while a wide-open Norman Powell stood by the basket watching, as time expired.

Eight of Muhammad's points came at the free-throw line. He did not make a field goal attempt in the first half.

UCLA shot 31.7% against a Minnesota zone, including four for 22 from three-point range.

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Minnesota has pulled away to a 79-56 lead with about four minutes left to play by scoring in 10 of 11 possessions.

The exception: a missed alley-oop dunk.

Shabazz Muhammad leads UCLA with 18 points -- about his average -- but it's been a very quiet game.

That extra year seems to have cost him a step.

Muhammad is six-of-16 shooting and has just three rebounds and one assist. He also doesn't have a foul, even though UCLA has played man-to-man all game.

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Minnesota leads UCLA, 69-54, with 6:48 left in regulation.

Comparing the backcourts:

Minnesota has Andre Hollins with 24 points, six rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers, and Austin Hollins with 14 points, eight assists, four steals and one turnover.

UCLA has Larry Drew II with two points, one rebound, three assists and four turnovers, and Norman Powell with 10 points, two rebounds, four steals and one turnover.

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Minnesota guards Andre and Austin Hollins aren't related, but they have this in common:

Both are killing UCLA.

The Hollins backcourt has scored Minnesota's last 16 points, and the Golden Gophers lead, 60-49, with less than nine minutes left in regulation.

Andre Hollins has 21 points and has made four of seven three-point shots.

Austin Hollins has 14 points and is four of five from three-point range.

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Turnovers have been a problem for Minnesota, which came into tonight's game against UCLA having lost 11 of its last 16 games.

But the Golden Gophers have just five turnovers and are shooting 51.2% against UCLA's man-to-man defense.

Meanwhile, UCLA has 10 turnovers and is shooting 34.1% against Minnesota's zone.

Minnesota leads, 54-43, with 11:54 left in regulation.

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A questionable foul call against Tony Parker really has UCLA in trouble.

Parker was fouled by Minnesota's Oto Osenieks as Parker went up for a shot, then was called for a dead-ball technical -- which counts as his fourth personal foul -- for throwing up his arms and brushing the side of Osenieks' head.

The play took place with 13:24 remaining in the game. Parker and Travis Wear each have four fouls.

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The pace is picking up in the UCLA-Minnesota game.

Really, it didn't have a choice.

UCLA cut the Golden Gophers lead to 44-39 on a three-pointer by Norman Powell.

But Minnesota answered with back-to-back threes by Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins (no relation).

Minnesota now leads, 50-41, with 13:24 remaining in regulation.

UCLA has been a second-half team, coming back from larger deficits than this several times this season.

Do the Bruins have aother comeback in them?

Andre Hollins leads all scorers with 14 ponts. Austin has 11.

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One key UCLA player is now heating up.

Shabazz Muhammad is three for three shooting in the second half after going zero for seven in the first half.

Muhammad suddenly leads all scorers with 12 points.

Now the Bruins need senior Larry Drew II to pull it together. Drew, UCLA's single-season assist leader, has one assist and four turnovers. He's also one for six shooting.

Minnesota leads, 44-36, with 15:35 remaining in regulation.

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Good news and bad news for the UCLA in the first three minutes of the second half against Minnesota:

The Bruins' first possession of the half, trailing by 10, was a shot-clock violation. Great for momentum. He is now two for nine shooting.

But...

Travis Wear UCLA's second-leading scorer available in this game, picked up his fourth foul.

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This just in on David Brown: he sprained an ankle in practice the other day and can't play.

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If you are a UCLA fan, you may be asking a natural question:

With David Wear and Tony Parker each with three fouls at halftime, if a UCLA player fouls out, who is next in the rotation?

Guard Jordan Adams has a broken foot, meaning UCLA took only six players who had played much into Friday night's game against Minnesota.

So, which Bruin is behind Tony Parker for playing time?

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