UCLA, UConn meet in a fast-lane final

March 25, 1995|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. -- UCLA guard Tyus Edney remembers watching on television the last time a West Regional final was held here, a contest that began as a basketball game and turned into a track meet.

"We'll be ready," O'Bannon added. "May the best team win."

No. 1 UCLA (28-2) vs. No. 2 Connecticut (28-4)

What: NCAA West Regional final

Where: Oakland (Calif.) Coliseum

When: Today, 3:40 p.m.

TV: Channels 13, 9

How they got here: UCLA defeated Mississippi State, 86-67, and Connecticut beat Maryland, 99-89, in the regional semifinals.

Outlook: This game will be won by the team that's in the best physical condition. Both like to run, as UConn showed in its win over Maryland, and as the Bruins showed by using their defense as a catapult in the win over Mississippi State. UCLA is led by senior F Ed O'Bannon (20.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg), but the key will be how G Tyus Edney (14.2 ppg, 6.9 apg) directs the team. Connecticut has scored at least 90 points in its first three tournament games. Connecticut made it to the Final Eight once before, losing in overtime to Duke in a classic East Regional final in East Rutherford. N.J., in 1990. The Huskies are led by Ray Allen (20.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and Donny Marshall (15.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg). As they did against Maryland, the Huskies will want to try to out-muscle UCLA, using 7-0 Travis Knight to bump the Bruins around early.

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