March 17, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's basketball team earned a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday and will face No. 11 seed Minnesota (20-12, 8-10 Big Ten) on Friday, March 22.
Selected to the South Region, the Bruins (25-9, 13-5 Pac-12) will play their second-round tournament game at the Frank Erwin Events Center on the campus of the University of Texas.
UCLA won the 2013 Pac-12 Conference regular-season title and advanced to the Pac-12 Tournament championship game on Saturday, dropping a 78-69 decision to Oregon at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
This marks UCLA's 45th NCAA Tournament berth and the program's seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 10 seasons under head coach Ben Howland. The Bruins have engineered a 5-1 record in their opening NCAA Tournament game under Howland's guidance.
The winner of Friday's contest will play the winner of No. 3-seed Florida vs. No. 14-seed Northwestern State on Sunday, March 24, in Austin, Texas.
Howland has led UCLA to a 15-6 record (.714) in six previous trips to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins advanced to the NCAA Tournament in five consecutive seasons (2005-09) and had a string of three straight Final Four appearances from 2006-08.
UCLA last advanced to the NCAA Tournament in March 2011, defeating Michigan State in a second-round matchup before losing to Florida in a third-round contest.