Friday, March 22, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Minnesota 83, UCLA 63
By Peter Yoon
The Minnesota Golden Gophers blew out the UCLA Bruins, 83-63, in the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament on Friday night in Austin, Texas. A quick breakdown:
How it happened: The Bruins cut the Gophers' 14-point lead to five points with 15:02 to play but could not rekindle the magic that led to double-digit comebacks twice in the Pac-12 tournament last week.
Minnesota guard Andre Hollins scored 10 consecutive points and 13 total over the next six minutes as the Gophers opened a 62-49 lead with 8:35 to play and cruised home for the victory.
Player of the game: Hollins scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half, including 4 of 5 on 3-point shots. He was also 7-for-7 from the free throw line in the second half.
Stat of the game: The Bruins, playing without second-leading scorer Jordan Adams, shot 31.7 percent from the field. It was the worst shooting performance of the season for the Bruins.
What it means: UCLA's season is over and the Bruins community will now wait on word about coach Ben Howland's future. Howland has been on the hot seat all season, and an embarrassing loss on such a big stage will not help his chances of being brought back. Shabazz Muhammad, a projected first-round NBA pick, will also have to make an announcement about his future.
What's next: Minnesota moves on to the round of 32 to face Florida on Sunday. UCLA will return to Westwood.