Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bruins Give Hogs Lesson in Grunt Work

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bruins Give Hogs Lesson in Grunt Work

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The Razorbacks no longer have to waste their time, and ours, by lobbying for respect. That's because Arkansas deserves none.

Admire Arkansas for the last two seasons, yes. But the Razorbacks disrespected themselves during Monday night's NCAA championship game at the Kingdome. Arkansas was embarrassingly outhustled, outworked, outplayed and outclassed by a shorthanded but joyous UCLA team which gave the nation a wonderful lesson on the value of extra effort.

Sweat produced UCLA's first national title since 1975, when John Wooden won his 10th championship before retiring. The Wizard of Westwood, 84, sat in the second row Monday and saw a performance that pleased him so much that he was able to leave his chair with 1 minute 25 seconds remaining.

This certainly was not the best or most glamorous team in UCLA's story-book index of champions, but none was more driven to succeed.

The final score, 89-78, was another setback for President Bill Clinton, Arkansas' No. 1 fan.

How did UCLA do this? How could UCLA disassemble Arkansas without the the services of their Little General, senior point guard Tyus Edney?

In a cruel sprain of fate, the same right wrist that flipped in the magic shot to crush Missouri was now wrapped in tape. Throbbing, immobile and useless. (The Curse of Norm Stewart?)

Edney sprained the wrist in Saturday's semifinal victory over Oklahoma State and tried to play a one-handed game Monday. But the nation discovered that he isn't ambidextrous. Edney lasted only 3 minutes 27 seconds. He couldn't handle the ball.

"I tried to do everything possible," Edney said, "but I didn't have the strength."

Bruins coach Jim Harrick had to make the change. Sophomore Cameron Dollar entered for Edney, who did not return.

"Arkansas is going for the kill now," front-runner Billy Packer announced on CBS.

Not so fast, Billy.

See, this is why they play 40 minutes. This is why the underdogs always get a chance. This is why kids put so many hours in to perfect their game. …

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