LOS ANGELES, Calif.–UCLA received the sixth seed in the South Region and will play 11th-seeded Minnesota Friday in Austin, Texas, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
“We had hoped that we were going to go to San Jose,” Bruin coach Ben Howland said today after the tournament bracket was announced. “That was obviously our first choice cause it’s closest to home, best for our fans to be able to support their team.”
Two Pacific-12 Conference will play in San Jose–California and Oregon. Another Pac-12 team, Arizona, will play in Salt Lake City.
“They have the opportunity for their fans to get to their games a lot easier than ours,” Howland said.
If UCLA defeats the Golden Gophers, it would face the winner of Friday’s game between third-seeded Florida and 14th-seeded Northwestern St. next Sunday.