UCLA earns 43rd trip to NCAA tournament

UCLA earns 43rd trip to NCAA tournament
UCLA head coach Ben Howland gestures in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona State in Los Angeles Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. UCLA won in overtime, 79-74. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some thought the loss of talented guard Jordan Adams to a broken foot would drop UCLA's stock when the NCAA Tournament selections were announced Sunday.

Turns out, they didn't drop far enough for UCLA coach Ben Howland.

UCLA drew a No. 6 seed and will face No. 11 Minnesota in the South Regional of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Austin, Texas. It's the 43rd trip to the tournament in school history for the Bruins (25-9), who missed out on the tournament in two of the previous three seasons, including last season. But Howland says he would have preferred a lower seed in order to play closer to home.

Making up for the loss of Adams will be a bigger challenge for the Bruins than where they'll be playing.

If UCLA beats Minnesota (20-12), they will play the winner of No. 3 Florida and No. 14 Northwestern State game.