Open Practice: Shabazz Muhammad

UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad talks underdog label, adjusting to a new lineup, and more the night before the Bruins face Minnesota...

On Friday, UCLA will face off against Minnesota in the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

Earlier in the day, head coach Ben Howland, guard Larry Drew II, and forward Travis Wear took to the podium to give their insight on facing the Gophers.

Later, guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad spoke with the media about the latest on the Bruins the night before the big game.

On being the underdog against Minnesota:

"Everyone is saying that Minnesota is going to beat us because we have one player that is out [guard Jordan Adams]. That doesn't really matter and we are still a really good team. We are going to prove it."

On changing the team's dynamic with Adams out of the lineup:

"No, [we have not changed the dynamic]. Norman Powell is a really good player also, so we are going to look to run a lot. He is really athletic, so he can get out on the wing and that is something we are going to implement in our offense."

On Minnesota's team:

"They are really athletic and I know they can rebound the ball. I know if we really rebound the ball, it will be a good match-up. The challenge will be to box out. I know those guys are talented.

"We need to get up-and-down, and I'm sure those guys like to get up-and-down, so it should be a good match up. It is a game where we are really going to try and run and get out and see what happens."

On how playing well in close-decision games this season will help UCLA in the tournament:

"We did a really good job of that and we just have to keep playing hard. I know that if we have intensity, then we have the ability to beat anybody."

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