NCAA tournament: Gophers' Smith, UCLA's Howland feeling pressure
AUSTIN, Texas — When Minnesota and UCLA meet Friday in the NCAA tournament, the winning coach just might put the loser out of his job.
Call it a Texas showdown that could be the ultimate one-and-done.
UCLA’s Ben Howland and Minnesota’s Tubby Smith are facing intense speculation back home, and some nationally, that anything but a deep postseason run could cost them their jobs. Beating the other guy could help cool down their courtside seats a bit.
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