Minnesota vs. UCLA: Full Game Preview

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Minnesota vs. UCLA: Full Game Preview
Minnesota
(20-12, 3-9 away)
(24) UCLA
(25-9, 17-5 home)
Venue: Erwin Center
9:57PM ET / 6:57PM PT, March 22, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Minnesota A Hollins 13.9 T Mbakwe 8.7 A Hollins 3.4
UCLA S Muhammad 17.8 K Anderson 8.6 L Drew II 7.4

11th-seeded Minnesota battles No. 6-seeded UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Erwin Center on Friday. The game gets underway at 9:57 p.m. ET and you can catch it on truTV. The Golden Gophers have not played the Bruins since the 1996-97 season, when they won 80-72.

In their last game on Mar. 14, Austin Hollins put up 16 points and six rebounds for the Golden Gophers in a loss to Illinois, 51-49. On top of a team-high 1.7 steals per game, he also scores 10.6 points per game. For the Bruins, Travis Wear finished with 13 points and seven rebounds in the 78-69 loss to Oregon on Mar. 16. He averages 11.2 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.0 blocks per game. From a tempo-free perspective, UCLA is strong in turnover percentage at 15.7. This is good enough for first in the conference and seventh in the nation.

UCLA StatSmack

  • UCLA has to pay up to win. The coach for Minnesota has a much lower base salary than UCLA ($1,861,000 vs. $2,040,000).
  • Minnesota has a stronger schedule than UCLA this season (SOS Rank: No. 2 vs. No. 37).
  • The Minnesota three-point leader (Andre Hollins, 67 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the UCLA three-point leader (Jordan Adams, 43 three-pointers).
  • Trevor Mbakwe is ranked 44th nationally in rebounds.
  • Minnesota beat UCLA by 8 points the last time they played (Mar 22, 1997).
  • Minnesota has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than UCLA ($20,977 vs. $27,210).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Minnesota currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (954 to 942) than UCLA, per the NCAA.
  • Minnesota has a better scoring defense (62.0 allowed per game vs. 68.8 allowed per game) than UCLA this season.
  • The Minnesota blocks leader (Trevor Mbakwe, 46 blocks) has more blocks than the UCLA blocks leader (Travis Wear, 30 blocks).
  • Minnesota players are more experienced than UCLA players (16,569 minutes played vs. 13,823 minutes played).
MINN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Andre Hollins 30 14 3 3 1 0 2
B+ Trevor Mbakwe 25 10 9 1 1 1 2
B Austin Hollins 30 10 3 2 2 0 1
B Rodney Williams 28 10 5 2 1 1 2
B- Joe Coleman 27 9 4 1 1 0 2
C Eliott Eliason 14 2 4 1 0 1 1
C- Julian Welch 13 3 1 2 1 0 1
C- M. Ahanmisi 11 4 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Oto Osenieks 9 2 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Andre Ingram 10 2 2 0 1 0 1
D+ Maurice Walker 7 2 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Wally Ellenson 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Kendal Shell 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chris Halvorsen 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
UCLA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- S. Muhammad 31 18 5 1 1 0 2
B+ Jordan Adams 30 15 4 2 2 0 1
B+ Kyle Anderson 30 10 9 4 2 1 2
B Larry Drew II 0 8 3 8 1 0 2
B Travis Wear 29 11 5 1 1 1 1
C+ David Wear 23 7 5 1 1 0 1
C Norman Powell 21 6 2 1 1 1 1
C- Tyler Lamb 14 4 3 2 2 0 1
D+ Joshua Smith 14 5 4 0 1 1 2
D+ Tony Parker 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ S. Derboghosian 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D K. McCaskill 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D David Brown 3 1 0 1 0 0 1
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