In what was his first tournament win since his days in the Bluegrass, Tubby Smith led his Gophers into what some may consider an upset– others might consider it a beatdown. 11th seeded Minnesota dominated UCLA from the start and defeated the 6th seeded Bruins, 83-63. For those underestimating the Big 10, the Gophers proved that they can score; they had 48 points in the second half.
After the Gophers led by 10 at the half, UCLA closed in at 44-39. But Minnesota’s Andre Hollins made back-to-back threes, and the Gophers took over from there. Hollins led all players with 28 points. In what was likely the last game for Shabazz Muhammad, he led the Bruins with 20 points. It was also probably the last game for UCLA coach Ben Howland, who led the Bruins to three Final Fours but was unable to sustain that success.