UCLA and Minnesota battle for a right to the Round of 32. Minnesota has been a popular upset pick heading into this game. Check out the NCAA Tournament odds at Bovada sportsbook.
The UCLA Bruins (25-9) were inconsistent at times this season but were easily the best team out west in the Pac-12. They lost in the conference tournament in the final to Oregon, who has now won their first game in the tournament. UCLA is playing without one of their more important players in Jordan Adams, who is averaging over 15 points per game. Freshman Shabazz Muhammad will have to pick up the slack as he is already averaging just under 18 points per game. UCLA’s biggest wins were three against Arizona.
Minnesota (20-12) started very strong in probably the toughest conference in college basketball, the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers won their first three against Michigan State, Northwestern and Illinois. However, they lost 11 of their last 15 games. Much of them were against stiff competition but also dropped games to Iowa and Northwestern. They finished the season with wins against Wisconsin and Indiana but definitely struggled down the stretch. Minnesota lost in their first game to Illinois in the conference tournament.
UCLA is 15-18 against the spread and Minnesota is 15-14-1. After a loss, UCLA is 4-4 and Minnesota is 4-6-1 after the same situation.
With Adams out for UCLA, I really like Minnesota in this matchup. They struggled a lot during the end of the season but Tubby Smith can coach and can get it done in March. Minnesota moves on so to take them Click Here.