Midwest Regional final

March 22, 1997|By Don Markus

At San Antonio

No. 1 Minnesota (30-3) vs.

No. 2 UCLA (24-7)

Time: 3: 40 p.m. today

TV: Chs. 13, 9

Line: Minnesota by 2

How they got here: Minnesota beat Southwest Texas State, 78-46; Temple, 76-57; and Clemson, 90-84, in double overtime. UCLA beat Charleston Southern, 109-75; Xavier, 96-83; and Iowa State, 74-73, in overtime.

Conference records: Minnesota was 16-2 and won the Big Ten. UCLA was 15-3 and won the Pac-10.

Rankings: UCLA is No. 7 in the Associated Press poll, Minnesota No. 3.

NCAA tournament all-time records: UCLA is 77-25 with 11 national championships; Minnesota is 11-6.

Coaches: Steve Lavin is 24-7 in his first season at UCLA; Clem Haskins is 200-140 in 11 seasons at Minnesota, 301-213 in 17 seasons overall.

Key matchups: Cameron Dollar vs. Bobby Jackson at point guard, if Eric Harris can't play; otherwise, Toby Bailey vs. Jackson at shooting guard. Charles O'Bannon vs. Sam Jacobson at off-guard, small forward.

What UCLA needs to do to win: The Bruins can't get into a physical, half-court game with the Gophers. They need to get out of the break and they can't let Jackson and Jacobson get off to a fast start as Clemson did.

What Minnesota needs to do to win: The Gophers will have to slow the fast break of the Bruins. If Harris can't play, they will need to get someone other than Jackson to handle the ball.

Bottom line: If the Bruins don't let their minds wander, as they are wont to do, they should be able to dictate tempo. But with both teams tired coming in, Minnesota's depth and size could wear on UCLA.

Pub Date: 3/22/97

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