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Minnesota outmuscles UCLA in 83-63 rout

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  • Minnesota's Rodney Williams (33) and Maurice Walker (15) celebrate during a timeout during the first half against UCLA in a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

      Minnesota's Rodney Williams (33) and Maurice Walker (15) celebrate during a timeout during the first half against UCLA in a second-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

 
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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.

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