MINNEAPOLIS Since the matchup was announced on Sunday, the Minnesota men's basketball team liked the draw it received in its first NCAA tournament game against UCLA.
The absence of Jordan Adams for the Bruins might have something to do with that.
Adams, a 6-foot-5 freshman guard, suffered a broken foot in the Pac-12 semifinal game Friday against Arizona. It happened on the final play of the game a 66-64 win for the Bruins but not before Adams scored 24 points and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals to help lead his team to victory.
Without Adams, UCLA lost the Pac-12 title game against Oregon the following day. Now, the Bruins must figure out a way to compensate for the loss of their second-leading scorer when they face the 11th-seeded Gophers in the NCAA tournament on Friday.
Gophers coach Tubby Smith said he's confident UCLA will still be competitive without Adams.
"They have other people that can step in and have done a good job," Smith said Tuesda...