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March 22, 1997|TIM KAWAKAMI

No. 1 Minnesota (30-3) vs. No. 2 UCLA (24-7)--The Golden Gophers weren't quite buying the analogy, but, with their point guard, Eric Harris, iffy for this game because of a separated shoulder, couldn't it draw comparisons to the Bruins' 1995 national-title game victory over Arkansas when Cameron Dollar subbed for Tyus Edney, who tried gamely but unsuccessfully to play with an injured wrist? "Sometimes when you lose your floor leader, it makes you better for a game," UCLA's Charles O'Bannon said. "It makes you bond together as a team, because everybody knows you have to step up." If Harris is limited or sidelined, and Charles Thomas, an 11.3-point scorer in the tournament, moves into the starting lineup, look for Bobby Jackson to take most of the shots.

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