Monday, March 17, 2003

UC's road to the title



First round: Gonzaga (23-8): The Bulldogs, in their fifth straight tournament, are everybody's NCAA sweethearts. Just don't call them Cinderellas. The teams have squared off only once before - during the 1999 Rock-N-Roll Shootout in Cleveland (UC won 75-68).

Second round: Arizona (25-3): The Wildcats were most people's preseason pick to win the national championship, and they're going to be plenty of folks' choice now, as well. UC is 0-3 against Arizona.

Sweet 16: Illinois (24-6): The Illini will have a tough second-round game against Notre Dame in Indianapolis. The Bearcats have not played Illinois since 1984-85.

Elite Eight: Kansas (25-7): Never mind the Bearcats. The Jayhawks would have to beat Duke in the Sweet 16 to reach this game.

Semifinals: Kentucky (29-3): If only.

Final: Texas (22-6) or Oklahoma (24-6): Should UC get this far, nobody will care who the opponent is. But just in case, remember that Longhorns point guard T.J. Ford took a recruiting visit to UC and decided against the Bearcats.




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XU women's opponent: Cal Santa-Barbara
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UK, Louisville can't meet until final
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SEC Notebook: No upset this time

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Men's NCAA Overview
East Region Outlook
Midwest Region Outlook
South Region Outlook
West Region Outlook
Women's NCAA Overview

OTHER TOURNAMENT COVERAGE
NIT picks Ohio State, 6 Big East schools
NKU seeks Elite Eight without top forward

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