Monday, March 11, 2002

UK's road to title game

        (All matchups assume higher-seeded teams win earlier games)

        FIRST ROUND: Valparaiso (25-7, RPI 83): Crusaders won 14 of their last 15 games and earned their sixth NCAA bid. Reached the Sweet 16 in 1998.

        SECOND ROUND: Marquette (26-6, RPI 23): Victories against UC, Indiana and Gonzaga and guards Dwyane Wade and Cordell Henry prove C-USA has a team other than UC with a chance to make an NCAA run.

        SWEET 16: Maryland (26-4, RPI 3): Despite an ACC Tournament semifinal loss to North Carolina State, Maryland still earned a No.1 seed. That's how highly regarded the Terps are.

        ELITE EIGHT: Connecticut (24-6, RPI 8): UConn returns to the NCAA Tournament after missing last year. Sophomore forward Caron Butler is the leading scorer at 19.6 ppg.

        FINAL FOUR: Kansas (29-3, RPI 1): Jayhawks were upset in the Big 12 Tournament title game by Oklahoma, but they remain one of the favorites to get coach Roy Williams that first NCAA title. KU averaged 51.6-percent shooting and 93.0 points per game during the regular season.

        TITLE GAME: Duke (29-3, RPI 4) or UC (30-3, RPI 2): A Duke-Kentucky matchup would bring back those old memories of Christian Laettner's miracle shot again. But in Greater Cincinnati, could anything top a UC-UK national championship?


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