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

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.

Minnesota StatSmack

  • 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).
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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