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Gophers' Smith, UCLA's Howland feeling pressure

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- 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 that anything but a deep postseason run could cost them their jobs.

It might seem odd that two coaches with long resumes of success would be at this point, considering what their teams have accomplished this season. The Bruins (25-9) won the Pac-12 regular-season title to earn the No. 6 seed in the South Regional. The Gophers (20-12) are the No. 11 seed after earning just the 12th NCAA tournament berth in program history.

Both coaches are under pressure to produce big postseason success.

 

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