March 15, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Ben Howland (left) instructs guard Larry Drew II (10) against the Arizona Wildcats during the second half in the semifinal round of the Pac 12 tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. UCLA defeated Arizona 66-64. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

March Madness: What you need to know about UCLA


The No. 11 seeded Gophers will face the No. 6 seeded UCLA Bruins Friday night at 9 p.m. CT on TruTV.

While the Gophers are dwarfed by UCLA’s success in the NCAA Tournament historically, Minnesota will be favorites heading into Friday.

The Bobby Jackson led Gophers beat UCLA en route to a Final Four appearance in 1997 but that season was vacated because of academic fraud.

Minneapolis/St. Paul City Los Angeles
51,853 Students 39,945
Big Ten Conference Pac-12
Kevin McHale, Kris Humphries Alumni Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love
68.4 Points Per Game 74.7
Andre Hollins, 13.9 Leading Scorer Shabazz Muhammad, 17.8
38.8 Rebounds Per Game 36.3
Trevor Mbakwe, 8.7 Leading Rebounder Kyle Anderson, 8.6
14.8 Assists Per Game 16.1
.442 Field Goal Pct .455
20-12 Overall Record 25-9
8-10 Conference Record 13-5
3-7 Last 10 7-3
33 (.599) RPI 27 (.604)
31 (90.4) BPI 29 (78.6)
1 Final Fours 18
12-11 Tournament Record 99-37
0 Championships 11
11 Tounament Appearances 44

 

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