NCAA tournament 2013: Harvard beat New Mexico? What 'Madness' might Friday bring?
The West region's 14th seeded Crimson shocked the third seeded Lobos late Thursday night. Another 16 games are scheduled to tip off Friday as the tournament field gets pared down 32 teams by the end of the day.
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Minnesota is led by head coach Tubby Smith, a man who took the University of Kentucky to an NCAA title in 1998. The Golden Gophers have a balanced scoring attack, paced by guard Andre Hollins and forwards Rodney Williams and Trevor Mbakwe.Skip to next paragraph
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Minnesota has had its share of highs and lows this year, but Mbakwe believes a new season starts now against UCLA.
"We know we've played one of the toughest schedules, we've played the best teams, the Dukes and Indianas of the world. We know we can compete with them. We have to get back to playing that way and actually believing," Mbakwe told the Associated Press Tuesday.
Out in the West region, seventh-seed Notre Dame plays 10th seed Iowa State Friday night in Dayton, Ohio. Both schools reached the semifinal round in their respective league post-season tournaments.
The Irish played in the rugged former Big East Conference as a basketball member. Notre Dame doesn't have a lot of stars, but they do feature all-Big East forward Jack Cooley and second-teamer Jerian Grant. Sophomore Pat Connaughton is one of those 'do everything' basketball players for head coach Mike Brey.
The Cyclones, coached by former Iowa State shooting star Fred Hoiberg, represent the Big 12 Conference. Iowa State likes to spread the scoring wealth around, with Will Clyburn, Tyrus McGee, freshman Georges Niang, and Melvin Ejim all averaging ten points or more per game. They are fourth in the nation in team scoring, averaging 79.6 points per game.
Also Friday, South top seed Kansas will take on 16th seed Western Kentucky in Kansas City. In the East region, top seed Indiana plays 16th seed James Madison in Dayton, Ohio.