Powell Talks Tournament

UCLA guard Norman Powell talks replacing Jordan Adams, what to expect from the Bruins versus Minnesota in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and more...

A few months ago, UCLA guard Norman Powell didn't expect to have such a big role on the Bruins' NCAA Tournament team.

Now, as Powell has filled in for injured guard Jordan Adams, the athlete is ready to make a name for himself on the court.

On Thursday, Powell spoke with the media about UCLA's contest versus Minnesota.

On Minnesota being discussed as the favorite in this match-up:

"We know there has been a lot of talk about how Minnesota is going to beat us and upset us, but we are not focused on that. It is more motivation for us to play our game. We are going to go out there and compete. They are a great rebounding team, and we know that we lack on rebounding.

"Our focus is going to be to win the battle of the boards and to just play our game from there. We have been focusing on rebounding, boxing out and just not letting them get second-chance opportunities, because we know they thrive on them. So we are trying to limit that and just play our game."

On starting in the place of the injured Jordan Adams:

"I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me. Jordan is a great player for us. He did a lot of things to help us win in key games this season, especially in the Pac-12 tournament. I feel like we don't lose that much with me coming in to fill his role.

"I know a lot of people feel there is lot of pressure on me right now, but I am not looking at is as pressure. I am going out there to play my game and help this team win and just play basketball like I've been doing. That is what I am going to continue to do. I don't feel pressure, and I don't feel like I have to go out there and prove anything. I just feel I need to go out there and help this team win."

On how the dynamic will change with Adams out of the lineup:

"There is a lot [that will change] especially with our rotations. We are already a short team with eight players in the rotation. Now that Jordan is our that causes seven [players rotating], which causes many people to play different roles and different positions that they are not accustomed to.

"This week we had to prepare for this game and it really helped us figure out what everyone has to do. Everyone is stepping up, playing in their roles and just being comfortable and going out there and keeping the chemistry that we had this whole season. We know that this team is going to go at us and it is going to be a battle and that's what we're ready for."

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