10:21 PM ET, March 22, 2013
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas -- Minnesota coach Tubby Smith got the win he needed to calm down his critics at home. UCLA's Ben Howland took a loss that will only ignite a new round of howling for his job out west.Andre Hollins scored 28 points, and Minnesota rolled past punchless UCLA 83-63 on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament, giving Smith his first tournament win in six seasons with the Gophers.Austin Hollins scored 16 for the 11th-seeded Gophers (21-12), who earned their first win since March 2 and advanced to Sunday's third round against No. 3 seed Florida in the South Regional.
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MVP: Minnesota's Andre Hollins took over the game when UCLA tried to make it close in the second half. The guard, who led all scorers with 28 points, hit back to back 3s after the Bruins had closed to within five, 44-39. Hollins also had 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
X Factor: With its length and ability to get into the lane and create, there was the thought UCLA might be able to dominate the paint. That proved not to be the case. Minnesota was able to outscore UCLA 34-24 in the middle despite giving up 17 offensive rebounds. The constant effort inside forced UCLA into easy foul trouble as starting post player Travis Wear picked up three early fouls and a fourth two minutes into the second half. Tony Parker, his replacement, fouled out.
That was...quite possibly the last time anyone will see Ben Howland on the UCLA sideline: The 10-year Bruin coach has been at the center of much job speculation lately and did not help his chances at all with the lopsided loss to Minnesota. In the last four seasons, Howland's team has only twice made it to the NCAA tournament and has not advanced past the second round. He has two years left on his current contract and a buyout of $2.3 million.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||31-61 (.508)||20-63 (.317)|
|3P Made-Attempted||9-16 (.563)||4-22 (.182)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-19 (.632)||19-25 (.760)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|
|» Mar 22, 2013||MINN 83, @UCLA 63||Recap|
To replace Ben Howland, maybe the Bruins should look no further than the coach who ended their 2012-13 season. Tubby Smith has faced UCLA 3 times in the NCAA Tournament -- with 3 different teams -- and is 3-0, winning by a margin of nearly 20 PPG. And in 1998, Kentucky went on to win the national title after cruising past UCLA in the Regional Semifinals.[+]
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