Bruins Draw 7 Seed, Spartans
Tom Izzo
Tom Izzo

Posted Mar 13, 2011

UCLA will face Michigan State on Thursday in Tampa in Southeast Regional...

UCLA, who finished second in the Pac-10 in 2011, will take on Big Ten member Michigan State in their opening game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, in Tampa, Florida.

The Bruins were seeded seventh and will take on the 10th seeded Spartans, who've made the last two Final Fours.

In fact, between the Bruins and Spartans, the last six Final Fours have had either UCLA or Michigan State, with the Spartans going in 2005, UCLA in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and Michigan State in 2009 and 2010.

Should the Bruins win their second round game on Thursday, there is intrigue in their potential matchup.

Florida, who knocked UCLA out of the 2007 Final Four and topped the Bruins in the 2006 NCAA Championship Game, is the second seed. They will face UCSB, where Ben Howland was a longtime assistant coach.

The last time the Bruins and Spartans met was during the 2007-2008 season, when a Darren Collison-less Bruin squad topped the Spartans, 68-63 in the CBE Classic Finals in Kansas City.

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