Minnesota Vs. UCLA Features Streaks & Coaches In Trouble

Ben Howland to be firedFriday night, the number 11 seed Minnesota Golden Gophers (20-12) play the number 6 seed UCLA Bruins (25-9), in a South Region first round NCAA Tournament matchup at Austin, Texas.

The Gophers struggled at the end of the season, losing 7 of their final 10 games, with 1 of those victories coming in a 77-73 triumph over the Indiana Hoosiers, the nation's top ranked team at the time.

UCLA enters this contest winning 7 of their final 10, including the capturing of the Pac-12 regular season championship. However, the Bruins are at a major disadvantage without their second best scorer, Jordan Adams, who is lost for the year with a broken foot.

One more intriguing storyline involves the tenuous status of both big name head coaches, with Tubby Smith and Ben Howland each finding themselves on the hot seat.