The seventh-seeded Bruins (22-10) open with 10th-seeded Michigan State (19-14) on Thursday in a Southeast Regional second-round game in which the experience factor tilts heavily in favor of the Spartans.
Michigan State is coming off consecutive trips to the Final Four and has eight players with 1,255 combined minutes of NCAA tournament experience; UCLA has two players with 32 combined minutes, and neither Anderson nor Malcolm Lee scored in the 2009 NCAA tournament.
"We can't look at it like that, that we're a young team," Bruins junior guard Lazeric Jones said. "Don't come in so wide-eyed that we get blown away. We just have to come in like we've been here before and stick to the game plan and go out and execute."
The experience has already been full of firsts for most of UCLA's players.