Monday, March 18, 2002

Indiana detects weakness in Duke




The Associated Press

        GREENVILLE, S.C. — A.J. Moye doesn't need a film session or a scouting report to break down the Hoosiers' opponent in the South Regional semifinals.

        “I think everybody in the world knows what Duke is and who their personnel are,” Indiana's sophomore guard said. “They're kind of like the college Globetrotters.”

MEN'S SWEET 16
  EAST REGIONAL
  Friday, Syracuse, N.Y.

  • Maryland (28-4) vs.
Kentucky (22-9)
  • Sou. Illinois (28-7) vs.
Connecticut (26-6)

  SOUTH REGIONAL
  Thursday, Lexington, Ky.

  • Duke (31-3) vs.
Indiana (22-11)
  • Kent State (29-5) vs.
Pittsburgh (29-5)

  MIDWEST REGIONAL
  Friday, Madison, Wis.

  • Kansas (31-3) vs.
Illinois (26-8)
  • Oregon (25-8) vs.
Texas (22-11)

  WEST REGIONAL
  Thursday, San Jose, Calif.

  • UCLA (21-11) vs.
Missouri (23-11)
  • Oklahoma (29-4) vs.
Arizona (24-9)

        Don't expect strains of “Sweet Georgia Brown” or buckets of confetti at Rupp Arena on Thursday, though, when top-seeded Duke (31-3) faces the No.5 Hoosiers (22-11) in the round of 16.

        Duke, the defending national champion, seems to win as often as basketball's Clown Princes. But Indiana coach Mike Davis thought he saw some vulnerability in the Blue Devils' 84-77 second-round victory over Notre Dame here Saturday.

        “Hopefully, they will play like they did today when we play them,” Davis said Saturday night.

        Duke trailed Notre Dame 71-64 with about six minutes left before outscoring the Irish 20-6 the rest of the way.

        All-American Jason Williams, sometimes a liability at the free throw line, made four pressure-packed foul shots down the stretch.

        “If anything, I think this toughens us up,” Williams said. “I think it's what we need.”

        That must be a scary thought for those in the way.

        The Hoosiers ended the upset run of 13th-seeded North Carolina Wilmington 76-67 in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday night to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 1994.

        It wasn't easy, though. Brett Blizzard and the Seahawks cut Indiana's 49-32 lead down to 64-61 near the end. Jared Jeffries kept the Hoosiers in front, scoring half his 22 points in the last six minutes.

        Indiana guard Tom Coverdale thinks his team matches up well with Duke.

        “Their athleticism is obviously better than ours,” Coverdale said. “We're just going to have to go in this week and see what we have to do to beat them.”

       



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