Minnesota vs. UCLA: Full Game Preview
|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|
No. 6-seeded UCLA meets 11th-seeded Minnesota in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Erwin Center on Friday. It gets started at 9:57 p.m. ET and you can catch it on truTV. The Bruins have not played the Golden Gophers since the 1996-97 season, when they lost 80-72.
The Bruins were defeated by Oregon 78-69 on Mar. 16 despite 14 points and six assists from Larry Drew II. He is averaging 7.6 points per game while also contributing a team-high 7.4 assists per game. For the Golden Gophers, Austin Hollins put up 16 points and six rebounds in the 51-49 loss to Illinois on Mar. 14. He is averaging 10.6 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.7 steals per game. When considering the Four Factors, Minnesota performs well in offensive rebounding percentage at 44.3. This ranks first in the conference and third in the country.
- UCLA has a much better NCSA Power Ranking than Minnesota (No. 33 vs. No. 81).
- UCLA is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on UCLA is 226 lbs compared to 209 lbs for Minnesota.
- UCLA has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Minnesota ($16,824 vs. $26,516).
- UCLA has a better record in close games than Minnesota this season (9-2 vs. 4-3).
- The Pac-12 has had 25 more NBA Draft picks than the Big Ten over the past 10 years.
- Even computers respect UCLA more. UCLA has a better RPI this season than Minnesota (RPI: No. 26 vs. No. 29).
- UCLA has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Minnesota according to Kiplinger (67 percent vs. 41 percent).
- It's only wins and losses, but UCLA has a better overall record than Minnesota this season (24-8 vs. 20-12).
- The Pac-12 has 2 teams - Utah (75.2 percent) and Arizona (74.7 percent) - that shoot a better free throw percentage than the Big Ten leader, Indiana (74.3 percent).
- UCLA is ranked higher than Minnesota in their conference (No. 1 vs. No. 7).
- UCLA has more wins over the last 5 years than Minnesota (141 vs. 123).
|B||Larry Drew II||0||8||3||8||1||0||2|