Monday, March 12, 2001

XU's road to title game




        (Matchups assume higher-seeded teams win earlier games)

        FIRST ROUND

        • Notre Dame (19-9, RPI 25): Irish knocked Musketeers out of NIT last year. Obviously stakes are higher now. Good news: XU beat Miami, which beat Notre Dame. Both teams beat Cincinnati.

        SECOND ROUND

        • Mississippi (25-7, RPI 7): Rebels have most wins in school history. Common opponent: Ole Miss beat Louisiana-Monroe by 14; XU beat 'em by 18.

        SWEET 16

        • Arizona (23-7, RPI 8): Preseason No.1 has come on strong after 8-5 start, including win over Stanford last week. Common opponent: Arizona beat Dayton 76-59; XU split with Flyers.

        ELITE EIGHT

        • Illinois (24-7, RPI 6): Illini got coveted Midwest No.1 seed instead of Big Ten rival Michigan State. That gives them first two games in Dayton. Illinois beat Wisconsin; XU didn't.

        FINAL FOUR

        • Michigan State (24-4, RPI 3): Wouldn't a Zach Randolph-David West matchup be fun?

        TITLE GAME

        • Duke (29-4, RPI 1) or Stanford (28-2, RPI 2): Two of the finest academic institutions in the land. Uh, and the basketball isn't bad, either.

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