Monday, March 19, 2001

UC Notebook

Stanford also faced second-round jinx

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SAN DIEGO — The University of Cincinnati wasn't the only program taking questions this past week about not getting by the second round of the NCAA Tournament in recent years. Stanford, the top seed in the West Region, was facing a similar scenario.

        The Cardinal, No. 1 seed in the South last year, lost in the second round to North Carolina (60-53). In 1999, Stanford was the No. 2 seed in the West and lost to Gonzaga (82-74) in the second round.

        After getting past St. Joseph's 90-83 late Saturday night, coach Mike Montgomery was asked about getting to the Sweet 16 for the third time in school history.

        “There's a long and short answer to that,” he said. “The short answer is, I'm relieved. ... It's tough because almost in every situation, when you get to this tournament, when you're good there's a "but' attached to your team. It gets old. It gets tiring, but you have to deal with it.”

        LOOKING AHEAD: The winner of Thursday's UC-Stanford game will meet the winner of Maryland-Georgetown on Saturday in the West Regional final.

        TEAM PLANS: Stanford flew back to northern California late Saturday night and was going to take off Sunday. The players have final exams today and Tuesday. Montgomery said they would have a short workout today, then go at it hard Tuesday before leaving for Anaheim.

        UC took off Sunday and will resume workouts today in San Diego.

        FUN FACT: Cincinnati will be facing a No. 1 seed for the first time since 1993, when it lost to North Carolina in overtime in the East Regional final.

        ABOUT STANFORD: Stanford has tied a school record with 30 victories; its 1997-98 team went 30-5 and advanced to the Final Four.

        SERIES: Cincinnati is 2-0 all-time against the Cardinal. UC won 80-76 in Cincinnati (Jan. 2, 1970) and 60-49 at Stanford (Dec. 20, 1968).

        BIG NIGHT: St. Joseph's guard Marvin O'Connor's 37 points Saturday night were the most against Stanford since Arizona's Damon Stoudamire scored 45 on Jan. 14, 1995. “An amazing performance by him,” Stanford guard Casey Jacobsen said.

        NOTABLE NUMBERS: St. Joseph's shot 57.4 percent from the field Saturday, the best against Stanford this season.

        • Stanford's 90 points set a school record for an NCAA Tournament game.

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