Minnesota outmuscles UCLA in 83-63 rout at NCAAs

Trevor Mbakwe (32) of Minnesota puts up a shot against David Wear (12) and Travis Wear (24) of UCLA in the first half of their game in the NCAA Tournament second round game on Friday, March 22, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (George Bridges/MCT)

AUSTIN, Texas — Andre Hollins scored 28 points and Minnesota rolled past punchless UCLA 83-63 on Friday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament, a game that could be Bruins freshman Shabazz Muhammad’s last in college and coach Ben Howland’s final one leading the program.

Austin Hollins scored 16 for the 11th-seeded Gophers (21-12), who advanced to Sunday’s third round against No. 3 seed Florida in the South Regional. The Gophers eased some pressure on coach Tubby Smith by giving him his first NCAA tournament win in six seasons.

Another early-round exit by the sixth-seeded Bruins (25-10) won’t help Howland, who is facing public speculation back home about his future despite winning the Pac-12 regular-season title this year.

Muhammad, expected to leave for the NBA, led the Bruins with 20 points.