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."