Sunday, March 23, 2003

NCAA Tournament at a glance



Opening round

(All Times EST)

Tuesday

N.C.-Asheville 92, Texas Southern 84, OT

EAST REGIONAL

First Round

Thursday

California 76, North Carolina State 74, OT

Oklahoma 70, South Carolina State 52

Friday

Syracuse 76, Manhattan 65

Oklahoma State 77, Pennsylvania 63

Auburn 65, Saint Joseph's 63, OT

Wake Forest 76, East Tennessee State 73

Louisville 86, Austin Peay 64

Butler 47, Mississippi State 46

Second Round

Saturday

At Oklahoma City

Oklahoma 74, California 65

Today

At Boston

Syracuse (25-5) vs. Oklahoma State (22-9), 2:40 p.m.

At Tampa, Fla.

Wake Forest (25-5) vs. Auburn (21-11), 4:30 p.m.

At Birmingham, Ala.

Louisville (25-6) vs. Butler (26-5), 2:20 p.m.

Semifinals

Friday, March 28

At Albany, N.Y.

Oklahoma (26-6) vs. Louisville/Butler winner

Syracuse/Oklahoma St. winner vs. Wake Forest/Auburn winner

Championship

At Albany, N.Y.

Sunday, March 30

Semifinal winners

SOUTH REGIONAL

First Round

Thursday

Connecticut 58, Brigham Young 53

Stanford 77, San Diego 69

Friday

Xavier 71, Troy State 59

Maryland 75, N.C.-Wilmington 73

Texas 82, North Carolina-Asheville 61

Purdue 80, LSU 56

Michigan State 79, Colorado 64

Florida 85, Sam Houston State 45

Second Round

Saturday

At Spokane, Wash.

Connecticut 85, Stanford 74

Today

At Nashville, Tenn.

Xavier (26-5) vs. Maryland (20-9),

4:40 p.m.

At Birmingham, Ala.

Texas (23-6) vs. Purdue (19-10), 4:50 p.m.

At Tampa, Fla.

Florida (25-7) vs. Michigan State (20-12),

7 p.m.

Semifinals

At San Antonio

Friday, March 28

Connecticut (23-9) vs. Texas/Purdue winner

Xavier/Maryland winner vs. Florida/Michigan St. winner

Championship

At San Antonio

Sunday, March 30

Semifinal winners

MIDWEST REGIONAL

First Round

Thursday

Marquette 72, Holy Cross 68

Missouri 72, Southern Illinois 71

Wisconsin 74, Weber State 74

Tulsa 84, Dayton 71

Friday

Pittsburgh 87, Wagner 61

Indiana 67, Alabama 62

Kentucky 95, Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis 64

Utah 60, Oregon 58

Second Round

Saturday

At The RCA Dome

Indianapolis

Marquette 101, Missouri 92, OT

At Spokane, Wash.

Wisconsin 61, Tulsa 60

Today

At Boston

Pittsburgh (27-4) vs. Indiana (21-12), 12:10 p.m.

At Nashville, Tenn.

Kentucky (30-3) vs. Utah (25-7), approx. 7:10 p.m.

Semifinals

At Minneapolis

Thursday, March 27

Wisconsin (24-7) vs. Kentucky/Utah winner

Marquette (25-5) vs. Pittsburgh/Indiana winner

Championship

At Minneapolis

Saturday, March 29

Semifinal winners

WEST REGIONAL

First Round

Thursday

Illinois 65, Western Kentucky 60

Notre Dame 70, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 69

Gonzaga 74, Cincinnati 69

Arizona 80, Vermont 51

Central Michigan 79, Creighton 73

Duke 67, Colorado State 57

Arizona State 84, Memphis 71

Kansas 64, Utah State 61

Second Round

Saturday

At Indianapolis

Notre Dame 68, Illinois 60

At Salt Lake City

Arizona 96, Gonzaga 95, 2 OT

Duke 86, Central Michigan 60

At Oklahoma City

Kansas 108, Arizona State 76

Semifinals

At Anaheim, Calif.

Thursday, March 27

Notre Dame (24-9) vs. Arizona (27-3)

Duke (26-6) vs. Kansas (27-7)

Championship

At Anaheim, Calif.

Saturday, March 29

Semifinal winners

FINAL FOUR

At Louisiana Superdome

New Orleans

Saturday, April 5

East champion vs. South champion

Midwest champion vs. West champion

Championship

Monday, April 7

Semifinal winners, 9:22 p.m.

Today's second round at a glance

MIDWEST REGIONAL

Pittsburgh (2) vs. Indiana (7)

• Ben Howland has the best defense to play for Pittsburgh since the Steel Curtain. Senior PG Brandin Knight runs one of the tournament's most efficient and balanced offenses (eight scorers had at least eight points vs. Wagner).

PittIU
Record27-421-12
Avg. Pts.75.070.4
Opp. Avg. Pts.58.966.8
Margin16.13.6
FG Pct..504.426
Opp. FG Pct..384.413
3-Pt. FG Pct..364.349
Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct..301.291
FT Pct..634.717
Rebound Margin6.60.7
TO Diff.1.4-1.0
Avg Steals8.34.3
Avg Blocks4.25.2
SOUTH REGIONAL

Florida (2) vs. Michigan State (7)

• So much for concerns about Florida's three-game March slide. Yeah, it was only Sam Houston State, but the Gators did enough things right Friday night (23 points from David Lee, 13-for-28 on 3s) to quiet their critics for at least a weekend.

UFMSU
Record25-720-12
Avg. Pts.76.267.6
Opp. Avg. Pts.64.459.3
Margin11.88.3
FG Pct..478.451
Opp. FG Pct..420.404
3-Pt. FG Pct..395.371
Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct..327.338
FT Pct..702.737
Rebound Margin1.46.1
TO Diff.1.9-0.7
Avg Steals7.76.3
Avg Blocks4.13.6
Texas (1) vs. Purdue (9)

• No 'Horn has ever made it beyond the Sweet 16 - including coach Rick Barnes. Extra incentive to play well today: A trip to nearby San Antonio would be next.

UTPU
Record23-619-10
Avg. Pts.79.072.0
Opp. Avg. Pts.68.464.9
Margin10.67.1
FG Pct..450.439
Opp. FG Pct..410.412
3-Pt. FG Pct..350.337
Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct..342.316
FT Pct..714.754
Rebound Margin7.8-0.3
TO Diff.0.62.6
Avg Steals6.47.2
Avg Blocks3.82.9
EAST REGIONAL

Wake Forest (2) vs. Auburn (10)

• Can Auburn's Marquis Daniels hang with Wake's Josh Howard? The Tigers are one of the sharpest-shooting teams, hitting 47 percent of their attempts.

WFAub
Record25-521-11
Avg. Pts.78.370.7
Opp. Avg. Pts.67.865.4
Margin10.55.3
FG Pct..455.468
Opp. FG Pct..396.418
3-Pt. FG Pct..341.346
Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct..338.326
FT Pct..749.651
Rebound Margin9.92.1
TO Diff.-1.60.1
Avg Steals6.58.0
Avg Blocks4.55.1
Louisville (4) vs. Butler (12)

• C Marvin Stone could have a field day inside against the Bulldogs, who have been exposed by teams with formidable frontlines. Three other things in the Cardinals' corner: a full-court press that's second to none, the 3-point shooting of Reece Gaines (17.7 ppg) and Francisco Garcia (11.0), and Rick Pitino's coaching (wins in 12 of his last 13 NCAA games, including the 1996 final with Kentucky).

ULBU
Record25-626-5
Avg. Pts.82.067.6
Opp. Avg. Pts.68.359.7
Margin13.77.9
FG Pct..461.474
Opp. FG Pct..404.440
3-Pt. FG Pct..360.386
Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct..296.335
FT Pct..695.724
Rebound Margin2.3-2.1
TO Diff.4.11.5
Avg Steals7.16.3
Avg Blocks4.71.8
Syracuse (3) vs. Oklahoma State (6)

• This could be your last chance to catch SF Carmelo Anthony in a college basketball game. Jim Boeheim's fabulous freshman, who'll go no lower than third in June's NBA draft, can do it all (22.5 points, 10 boards a game).

SUOSU
Record25-522-9
Avg. Pts.80.069.9
Opp. Avg. Pts.69.762.5
Margin10.37.4
FG Pct..473.452
Opp. FG Pct..389.392
3-Pt. FG Pct..331.376
Opp. 3-Pt. FG Pct..306.340
FT Pct..696.654
Rebound Margin3.40.7
TO Diff.0.92.2
Avg Steals8.29.0
Avg Blocks7.35.4




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