Friday, March 22, 2013

UCLA - Minnesota Tournament Facts

Here are some NCAA Tournament facts about UCLA and Minnesota:

Minnesota wins their first tournament game in 16 years.  Their last two tournament victories are over UCLA.  They are only the 6th team in tournament history to beat UCLA twice.  Florida has defeated them 3 times.
  • Brigham Young (1950 Regional Third Place, 1981 Round of 32)
  • Duke (1990 Sweet Sixteen, 2001 Sweet Sixteen)
  • Florida (2006 National Championship, 2007 National Semifinals, 2011 Round of 32)
  • Indiana (1976 National Semifinals, 1992 Elite Eight)
  • Minnesota (1997 Elite Eight, 2013 Round of 64)
  • San Francisco (1956 Sweet Sixteen, 1963 Regional Third Place)
Big Ten is now 19-18 vs. the Pacific Twelve including 2-0 this year.

Minnesota is 2-0 vs. the Pacific Twelve.

Tubby Smith has now won a tournament game for four different schools (Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota).  He is the 4th coach to record tournament wins at 4 different schools.  The other 3 are Lon Kruger, Jim Harrick and Eddie Sutton.

UCLA loses a game in the Round of 64 for the first time since 2005.  They had won their last 5.

The 20-point loss was UCLA's worst loss in the Round of 64 in tournament history.  Their previous high was 12 in 2005 vs. Texas Tech.

UCLA and Minnesota played each other in the 1997 tournament.  Minnesota defeated UCLA 80-72 in the Elite Eight.

Minnesota's last win was that 1997 game vs. UCLA.  They have lost their last 5 tournament games.

Ben Howland is second in school history in tournament wins with 15 behind John Wooden who has 47.

UCLA is 9-4 vs. Big Ten opponents.

UCLA is 3-2 and Minnesota is 2-0 when playing in the state of Texas.

Minnesota is 4-5 in the Round of 64, but have lost their last 4.

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