MINNEAPOLIS Trevor Mbakwe has NCAA tournament experience a whole minute of it. The same goes for fellow Gophers senior Rodney Williams, who was on the court for less than 60 seconds of Minnesota's game against Xavier in 2010.
Those two combined minutes make up the entirety of the Gophers' NCAA tournament experience as they head into Friday's matchup with UCLA in the Round of 64.
For Mbakwe, his brief moment under the bright lights of the big dance came in 2008 during his freshman season at Marquette. The St. Paul native didn't play at all in Marquette's first-round win against Kentucky, but got his chance one game later. The Golden Eagles were the No. 6 seed and faced No. 3 seed Stanford in the second round with a shot at the Sweet 16 on the line.
That 2007-08 Marquette squad was led by players such as Wesley Matthews and Lazar Hayward, who are both now in the NBA. Mbakwe was one of 11 Golden Eagles players to step on the court against Stanford. He didn't take a shot, nor did he g...