BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Usually, a tournament such as the Great Alaska Shootout would be loaded with prime programs and gifted players. This time, it comes down to Cincinnati vs. Duke.
There is no guarantee that game will happen, but if it does not, there won't be nearly as good a reason for fans to stay up past midnight for the Shootout title game Saturday.
"There's no way we're looking ahead to Duke," said UC freshman guard Steve Logan. "We're looking at Southern Utah."
The No. 15 Bearcats will open against Southern Utah (2-1) tonight at 10 at the Sullivan Arena. If they win, they will play the Iowa State-St. Mary's winner.
Top-ranked Duke, led by with eight McDonald's All-Americans and two potential player of the year candidates in center Elton Brand and guard Trajan Langdon, opens against Notre Dame. If the Blue Devils reach the second round, they get either Fresno State or Alaska-Anchorage.
At the Shootout, experimental rules are in effect. The shot clock will be 45 seconds, the first space on the foul lane will be 10 inches farther from the basket and timeouts will be 30 seconds.
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