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Round 3, Game 17 (L1/L9 vs L3/L10): UCLA vs Indiana
 
You can see it in the players faces...desperation. Desperation to get out of the all loss bracket and avoid playing for LAST place if they were to lose this game.

Both UCLA and Indiana played poorly in the first round and lost badly. But then they played well in round 2, with both teams being in the game until the last few minutes. Each team lost by 8 points in round 2.

UCLA’s inability to control the ball led to 7 turnovers in the first 5 minutes of play allowing Indiana to take an 11-6 lead. UCLA’s errant hands continued and led to 16 first half turnovers. Indiana wasn’t much better, turning the ball over 9 times. But the Hoosiers outshot the Bruins 57% to 42%, although UCLA hit 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. Indiana made just 1 of 8 from the free throw line. The half ended with Indiana up 35-28. Leading the Hoosiers offensively were PG Kadjo Branch with 9 points and C Christ Mitchell with 8 points. UCLA’s SF Ernest Blackmon was their top scorer with 7 points. C Dan Davis pulled down 8 rebounds for the Bruins.

Indiana extended their lead to 17 points early in the 2nd half as UCLA’s shooting went ice cold. But the Bruins made a run midway through the half and with 6:08 remaining trailed 58-53. With 1:31 to go, UCLA cut the lead to 67-63 and got the ball on an Indiana turnover. But UCLA’s poor shooting from the field kept them from making a final run. Indiana’s final margin of victory increased to 10 points, 76-66.

UCLA was +3 in rebounds but had 5 more turnovers than Indiana. Ultimately though, Indiana won the game by hitting 48% of their shots while UCLA could only manage to connect on 39% of theirs.

Indiana was led by PG Kwadjo Branch’s 24 points, C Chris Mitchells 15 points and 8 rebounds, and SF Neil Whitehead’s 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.

UCLA’s double digit scorers were PG Russ Eidson with 14, SG Ernest Blackmon with 12, and reserve PF/C Reginald Cox with 10. C Dan Davis scored 7 and grabbed 15 rebounds.


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Round 3, Game 18 (L2/W9 vs L4/W10): Syracuse vs North Carolina
 
Syracuse and North Carolina both had solid 2nd round wins after poor performances in round 1. North Carolina has packed Phillips Arena with their fans.

Tarheel fans rattled Syracuse and what the fans didn’t do, the refs did by calling nearly all fouls against the Orange. North Carolina used those advantages to build a 17-4 lead with 9:20 remaining in the first half. Syracuse got back into the game by knocking down 7 straight points. But the Tarheels immediately countered with 10 unanswered points to take a 27-11 lead. The half ended with Syracuse trailing 39-17.

North Carolina controlled every team stat, leading in rebounds 18-10, turnovers 12-9, FG% 56% to 25%, and scoring 6 more points at the line. Syracuse starters only scored 6 points while two reserves, John Cooper and Bill Reece combined for 11 points. North Carolina’s C Bryan Erwin popped in 15 points while hauling down 6 rebounds.

Syracuse seemed to turn things around by scoring the first points of the 2nd half. But the Orange couldn’t quiet Tarheel fans for long and North Carolina rode the crowd’s enthusiasm to open a 30 point lead with 4 minutes to go. North Carolina cruised to a 81-48 drubbing of Syracuse.

North Carolina finished the game by hitting 53% of their shots compared to Syracuse’s 32% shooting. The Tarheels out-rebounded the Orange 36-26, had a 19-13 turnover advantage, and scored 9 more points from the free throw line.

North Carolina was led by C Bryan Erwin who scored 27 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. SG Aaron Walton chipped in 14 points and PF Larry Purnell added 11 points.

For Syracuse PF Marcus Salvi, reserve SF John Cooper, and reserve PG/SG Bill Reece each scored 12 points.


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Round 3, Game 19 (W1/L11 vs W3/ L12): Louisville vs UConn
 
Connecticut hit their first 9 shots to take a 19-8 lead after about 5 minutes of play. The Huskies rode those hot hands (they hit an amazing 79% for the entire half) to romp to a 58-35 halftime lead. 

Reserve PF/C Brandon Erege was top scorer for UConn with 9 points. Louisville’s PF Travis Baily held high-point honors with 10 points.

Louisville resurrected their defense for the 2nd half. While they reduced UConn’s shooting to 60% for the entire half and caused the Huskies to turn the ball over frequently, Louisville’s offense was insufficient to cut the lead to less than 18 points. UConn walked off the court with a resounding 86-66 victory.

UConn’s reserve PF/C Brandon Erege scored 15 and had 5 rebounds, SF Nick Jarmon dropped in 14 points and handed out 4 assists, reserve SF Maurice Porter scored 12 points and had 4 assists, SG Edmond White scored 11 points, and PG Keith Williams added 9 points and dished out 8 assists.

PF Travis Baily led Louisville with 16 points, Eric Radl scored 10 while pulling down 6 rebounds and handing out 3 assists, PF Curtis Poindexter hit for 10 points, and PG Carlos Tompson scored 8 and had 9 assists. Reserve PF Andrew Bradley scored 8 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in just 9 minutes on the court.


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Round 3, Game 20 (W2/W11 vs W4/W12): Kentucky vs Florida
 
The winner of this game goes to the Championship game in the final round. 

Both Kentucky and Florida have won with ease in each of their first 2 games in the tournament. Kentucky’s PF Delawn Bond and Florida’s C David Jackson have been the big hosses for their teams thus far.

After falling behind in the early minutes of the game, Kentucky came back to tie the game 16-16 midway through the half. But Florida scored 13 of the next 15 points. Kentucky was unable to respond to that onslaught and trailed 39-25 at the half. 

While Kentucky controlled the board 20-14, Florida’s defense was relentless and forced the Wildcats to turn the ball over 15 times. SF Shaun Mason led the Florida offense with 12 points. PF Delawn Bond again was Kentucky’s rock, scoring 12 and pulling down 7 rebounds.

Kentucky whittled Florida’s lead to 51-44 with about 10 minutes to go. But again the Gators responded to the threat by scoring the next 6 points and holding a double-digit lead from there on. Florida finished by recording a 67-53 win to earn their way to the championship game.

The keys to victory for Florida were a tough defense that led to 26 turnovers by Kentucky and getting to the linen18 more times and scoring 16 more points on free throws than the Wildcats.

Even though Florida’s C David Jackson was limited to 4 points, SF Shaun Mason picked up the slack by popping in 19 points while reserve C Kenny Davis scored 12 and PG Steve Vinson added 10.

Again, Kentucky was led by PF Delawn Bond who scored 20 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and had an assists, 2 steals, and a block.


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Round 3, Game 21 (L5/L13 vs L7/L14): Georgetown vs Stanford
 
Georgetown hasn’t played well yet in this tournament. But even though Stanford has lost both of their games, led by C Grant Everett, they’ve been close in both games, including one overtime loss.

Stanford came out firing on all cylinders and ran off to a 20-8 lead in just over 5 minutes of play. They then went 4 minutes without scoring, missing 7 straight shots and turning the ball over twice. But Georgetown just hit 2 baskets during that period of play so the Cardinal still led by 8. Stanford then re-established control by scoring 11 unanswered points to go ahead 31-12 with 6 minutes to play in the half. The Cardinal rode a stingy defense (holding Georgetown’s shooting to 27% and forcing 11 turnovers) plus control of the boards (25-16) to take a 45-19 lead to the locker room.

C Grant Everett scored 19 and grabbed 7 rebounds while SF Clifford Kresse added 10 points and 5 boards for Stanford. Georgetown’s leading scorer was SF Stephan Garner with 6 points.

Georgetown cut the lead to 17 early in the 2nd half but midway through the half, Stanford went on a run that widened their lead to 29 and put the game out of reach for the Hoyas.Stanford went on to win easily 79-58.

For the game, Stanford outshot Georgetown 46% to 38%, had 39 rebounds to Georgetown’s 35, and turned by ball over just 12 times while the Hoyas had 17 turnovers.

Leading Stanford for the 3rd straight time in this tournament was C Grant Everett with 21 points and 10 rebounds plus blocking 3 shots. SG Anthony Brown scored 17 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out 8 assists plus having 1 steal and 2 blocks. SF Clifford Kresse scored 13 and reserve C Matt Edwards added 12 points.

Georgetown’s SF Stephan Garner and SG Morgan Bliss each scored 11 points for Georgetown with Bliss also yanking down 7 rebounds.


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Round 3, Game 22 (L6/W13 vs L8/W14): Oklahoma State vs LSU
 
Thus far in the tournament the stars for these two teams have been PF Jason Scott for Oklahoma State and SF Marvin Felder for LSU.

Early in the game, Oklahoma State out-muscled LSU on the boards and employed a 1-2-2 zone defense that kept the Tigers from getting anything going. With 13 minutes to play in the half, the Cowboys led 12-4. LSU eventually figured out the zone and closed to within a single point. But at the half, the score stood: Oklahoma State-32, LSU-28.

Oklahoma State’s advantage was primarily due to an 18-13 rebounding advantage as both teams hit 36% of their FG attempts. C Chris Benjamin scored 8 points for the Cowboys. SF Marvin Felder and reserve PG Tim Tonella each had 6 points for the Tigers.

The game remained close but LSU finally took a lead at 50-49 with 12:20 to play. Both teams exchanged razor-thin margins and with 1:37 left the score was tied 67-67. The Cowboy’s SF Matt Stinson drove into the key and put up a fall-away jumper that gave Oklahoma State a 69-67 edge with 55 seconds remaining. After a timeout by LSU, the Tigers were called for an offensive foul. PF Jason Scott put up a 15 footer over the outstretched arms of a defender that found its mark and gave the Cowboys a 71-67 lead with 37 seconds to go. LSU brought it up court and got of a quick shot that missed. LSU had to foul and Oklahoma State PG Ron Keyes calmly sunk both shots making it 73-67 with 22 seconds on the clock. LSU SG Herb Jenkins drilled a 3 to cut the lead to 73-70. LSU fouled with 7 ticks remaining, but Ron Keyes again swished both free throws to ice the game even though LSU’s SF Marvin Felder hit a last second 3. The final score was: Oklahoma State-75, LSU-73 in one of the most-thrilling 2nd halves of the tournament.

Oklahoma State had a small advantage in shooting and rebounding but turned the ball over 6 more times than the Tigers. The Cowboys real advantage was at the foul line where they got to the line 11 more times and scored 10 more points than the Tigers. 

Oklahoma State was led by SF Matt Stinson who scored 16, hauled down 6 boards, dished out 4 assists and had 2 steals and a block. PF Jason Scott and PG Ron Keys both scored 14 points.

LSU’s leading scorer was SF Marvin Felder with 16 points. He also grabbed 4 rebounds and had 5 assists and a steal. PF Willis Leis added 10 points.


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Round 3, Game 23 (W5/L15 vs W7/L16): Duke vs Michigan State
 
Following a strong win in round 1, Duke lost a squeaker to Arizona in round 2. Michigan State’s 1st round OT win was followed by a blowout loss to Kansas in round 2, but SF Michael Manning has had 2 big games thus far.

Duke scored the first 8 points in less than 2 minutes of play. But then Michigan State’s defense cranked into gear. In the next 14 minutes, Duke could only score 4 points and by then the Spartans led 16-12. At that point Duke caught fire again and finished the half with a 26-18 lead. 

Neither team shot well (Duke hit 35% and Michigan State hit just 24%). Duke’s P LeDarion Campbell and SG Dekker Evans both scored 6 points. For Michigan State, Tim Walker came off the bench to drop in 6 points.

Michigan State slowly chipped away at Duke’s lead in the 2nd half and with 12 minutes to go, regained the lead at 35-34. From there Michigan State took control and expanded their lead to win going away. The final score favored Michigan State 63-48.

The Spartans' strong 2nd half put them in control of all team stats, outshooting the Blue Devils 40% to 32%, out-rebounding Duke 30-24, scoring 13 more points from the foul line, and holding a 14-11 turnover advantage.

Michigan State’s SG Craig Durham popped in 16 points. SF Michael Manning scored 10 points, hauled down 9 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and accounted for 6 steals. PG Adam Betts added 10 points.

Duke’s top scorer was PG LeDarion Campbell scored 11 points and C Tim Emery grabbed 12 boards and had 4 blocks.


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Round 3, Game 24 (W6/W15 vs W8/W16): Arizona vs Kansas
 
The final battle to get into the Championship game. Thus far C Stromile Moore has been the star for Arizona and SG Jim Wilkerson has been the stand-out for Kansas.

The game was close in the first half until Kansas made a run just after the midpoint of the half and quickly opened a 12 point lead. Arizona cut into the lead in the last few minutes of the half and narrowed the gap to 41-34 at the break. 

The stars shone in the first half as SG Jim Wilkerson scored 19 for Kansas and C Stromile Moore dropped in 15 for Arizona.

Kansas ran away from the Wildcats to open a 24 point lead early in the 2nd half. Arizona fought back to cut the lead to 10 (64-54) midway through the half. The Jayhawks held the Wildcats at bay thereon though. Kansas put away Arizona 83-70 to advance to the championship game.

Kansas got to the line 14 more times and scored 11 more points on free throws than did Arizona.

For Kansas SG Jim Wilkerson blitzed the Wildcats for 46 points while hauling down 7 rebounds. PF Jarvis Holmer added 14 points.

Arizona’s C Stromile Moore scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and SF Brendan McIntosh added 20 points with 6 rebounds.


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Round 3 Recap
 
Gm 17: Indiana-76, UCLA-66

Gm 18: North Carolina-81, Syracuse-48

Gm 19: UConn-86, Louisville-66

Gm 20: Florida 67, Kentucky-53

Gm 21: Stanford-79, Georgetown-58

Gm 22: Oklahoma State-75, LSU-73

Gm 23: Michigan State-63, Duke-48

Gm 24: Kansas-83, Arizona-70


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Top Individual Performances in Round 3
 
Indiana PG Kwadjo Branch: 24 pts

North Carolina C Bryan Erwin: 27 pts, 9 reb

Kentucky PF Delawn Bond: 20 pts, 10 reb, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block

Stanford C Grant Everett: 21 pts, 10 reb, 3 blocks

Stanford SG Anthony Brown: 17 pts, 10 reb, 8 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks

Michigan State SF Michael Manning: 10 pts, 9 reb, 3 assists, 6 steals

Arizona C Stromile Moore: 21 pts, 7 reb, 2 assists, 2 blocks

Arizona SF Brendan McIntosh: 20 pts, 6 reb, 1 assist, 1 block

Kansas SG Jim Wilkerson: 46 pts, 7 reb, 1 assist, 2 steals


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Round 4 Matchups
 
Game 25: UCLA (L1/L9/L17) vs Georgetown (L5/L13/L21): Winner places 15th and Loser places 16th

Game 26: Indiana (L3/L10/W17) vs Stanford (L7/L14/W21): Winner places 11th and Loser places 14th 

Game 27: Syracuse (L2/W9/L18) vs LSU (L8/W14/L22): Winner places 10th and Loser places 13th 

Game 28: Louisville (W1/L11/L19) vs Duke (W5/L15/L23): Winner places 9th and Loser places 12th

Game 29: North Carolina (L4/W10/W18) vs Oklahoma State (L8/W14/W22): Winner places 5th and Loser places 8th

Game 30: UConn W3/L12/W19) vs Michigan State (W7/L16/W23): Winner places 4th and Loser places 7th 

Game 31: Kentucky (W2/W11/L20) vs Arizona (W6/W15/L24): Winner places 3rd and Loser places 6th 

Game 32: Florida (W4/W12/W20) vs Kansas (W8/W16/W24): Winner places 1st and Loser places 2nd


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Game 25: UCLA (L1/L9/L17) vs Georgetown (L5/L13/L21): Winner places 15th and Loser places 16th
 
Who will finish last in the tournament?  The answer is: whoever loses this game.

UCLA rode hot shooting to maintain a small 1-3 point lead throughout most of the first half. But Georgetown doggedly hung in and occasionally took a single point lead only to have UCLA strike back and retake the lead immediately. UCLA increased their lead to 6 points at one point late in the first half. But at the end of the half the score was close again, 36-33 in favor of the Bruins.

UCLA hit 63% of their shots. Their scoring was led by C Dan Davis with 10 points. While Georgetown didn’t shoot as well, they slammed in enough 2nd chance points to keep pace. PF Bryant Nooner was their top scorer with 8 points.

UCLA’s shooting failed them early in the 2nd half as they were unable to score for nearly the first 4 minutes of the half. Midway through the 2nd half, UCLA regained their momentum to build a 5 point lead only to see it evaporate when then turned the ball over repeatedly. Then with about 2 minutes to play, UCLA pulled ahead by 8 points forcing Georgetown to foul repeatedly to try to get the ball back. The Bruins converted their foul shots to expand their lead. UCLA escaped the cellar by beating Georgetown 70-57.

UCLA outshot Georgetown 50% to 41% and took control of the boards in the 2nd half to achieve a 35-29 rebounding advantage. 

For UCLA C Dan Davis scored 16, pulled down 9 boards, and had 1 assist, 4 steals and 1 block. PG Russ Eidson added 12 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. SF Ronnie Bailey and reserve PF Reginald Cox both scored 10 points.

Georgetown was led offensively by reserve PG Gene Ward with 11 points and C Byron Charity with 10 points.


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Game 26: Indiana (L3/L10/W17) vs Stanford (L7/L14/W21): Winner 11th & Loser 14th

 

Stanford jumped out to a 9-2 lead, but then just kept firing away unsuccessfully from beyond the arc which allowed Indiana to reel them back in. Midway through the first half, though, Stanford went on a run to go ahead 31-18 with 7-1/2 minutes left in the half. Stanford simply out-played Indiana in all aspects of the game to take a 45-31 halftime lead. 

Stanford hit 52% of their shots while holding Indiana’s shooting to 34%. C Grant Everett led Stanford with 12 points and 5 rebounds, while Indiana’s leading scorer was SG Tim Popp with 8 points.

Indiana roared back into contention in the 2nd half and trailed just 56-54 with 12 minutes to play. The Cardinal reignited their offense and re-opened a 12 point lead 3-1/2 minutes later. Stanford then maintained a double-digit lead and went on to win 88-75

Stanford outshot Indiana 49% to 43%, out-rebounded the Hoosiers 35-32, and had a 17-15 turnover advantage.

Stanford got standout performances from C Grant Everett (20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 blocks) and SG Anthony Brown (18 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block). Also scoring well for the Cardinal were SF Clifford Kresse with 12 points, reserve PF Matt Edwards with 11 points, and PG Antonio Smith who added 10 points.

Indiana’s scoring was led by PF Ian LaVasseur and SF Neil Whitehead, who both scored 14 points. SG Tim Popp dropped in 11 points, PG Kwadjo Branch hit for 10 points, and C Chris Mitchell who added 9 points plus pulled down 10 rebounds.



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Game 27: Syracuse (L2/W9/L18) vs LSU (L8/W14/L22): Winner,10th & Loser, 13th
 
The game was extremely close the first 5 minutes with LSU leading 10-9 at that point. But then the Tigers scored 13 unanswered points and it began to look like a blow-out. Even though Syracuse began getting the ball in the hole, they slipped further behind the high-flying Tigers and by the end of the half trailed 43-26.

LSU dominated the first half statistics, hitting 56% of their shots compared to Syracuse’s 37% shooting, outrebounding the Orange 19-9, getting to the line 12 more times where they scored 11 more points, getting to the line and turning the ball over less (7-4). LSU’s offense was ignited by C Marcus Sessom’s 17 points but PG Mark Nolan also had 10 points. Marcus Salvi of Syracuse scored 8 points to lead the Orange.

Syracuse scored the first 6 points of the half and fans on their side of the court took heart. But LSU held Syracuse at arms-length from thereon, maintaining a double-digit lead until the final minute of play. LSU came away with a 73-64 victory.

Although the Tigers outshot Syracuse 53% to 46%, their biggest advantage was a 33-21 drubbing on the boards. Ultimately LSU scoring 9 more points from the line was the difference in the score at the end of the game.

LSU’s C Marcus Sessums dominated inside, scoring 33 points, pulling down 8 rebounds, and blocking 3 of Syracuse’s shots. PG Mark Nolan chipped in 16 points. SF Marvin Felder only scored 6 points but grabbed 9 rebounds plus had 9 assists and 1 steal.

For Syracuse, both PG Chris Roberts and PF Marcus Salvi tossed in 17 points, but Salvi also had 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks. SG Keyon Frederick added 10 points for the Orange and reserve big man Stephen Sarchet had 9 points in 15 minutes of court time.


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Game 28: Louisville (W1/L11/L19) vs Duke (W5/L15/L23): Winner 9th & Loser 12th

 
Duke looked strong early, taking a 20-6 lead with a tight defense and good shooting. The large contingent of Duke backers was hooting and hollering. But the first 10 fouls in the game went against the Blue Devils. Could that portend problems for Duke? With 7 minutes still to play in the first half, Louisville had cut the lead to 26-21. No Louisville player picked up a foul until the 5:32 mark. But Louisville’s 13 turnovers in the half allowed Duke to pull away again and finish the half with a 45-33 lead.

Duke hit 61% of their shots while Louisville hit 48%. Duke PF Darryl Thomas scored 7 points. Louisville’s offense centered around SF Eric Radl and PF Baily Travis who both scored 10 points.

In the 2nd half, 8 of the first 9 fouls were called against Duke players. But Duke continued to scorch the nets and held onto a double digit lead. Duke cruised to a 84-72 win.

Duke outshot the Cardinals 57% to 46% and had a 19-12 turnover advantage. Louisville out-rebounded the Blue Devils 30-25 and scored 15 more points at the line.

Duke was led by C Tim Emery who scored 18 points, pulled down 6 rebounds and had 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. SG Dekker Evans dropped in 13 points while grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists. PF Jacobs Floyd came off the bench to score 12 points, PG LeDarion Campbell added 9 points and had 6 assists.

Louisville’s top scorer was PF Travis Baily who put in 16 points. PG Carlos Tompson, SG Eric Radl, and SF Curtis Poindexter each scored 12 points. Radl also had 6 rebounds and 4 assists.


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Game 29: No. Carolina (L4/W10/W18) vs Oklahoma St. (L8/W14/W22): Winner 5th;Loser 8th
 
Oklahoma State’s two big men (PF James Scott and C Chris Benjamin) scored all of the Cowboys’ first 14 points, giving the Cowboys a 5 point lead. At the half Oklahoma State led 38-34. 

Oklahoma had an 11-7 turnover advantage and a 15-11 rebounding advantage, but North Carolina hit 54% of their shots to stay in contention. PF Jason Scott held scoring honors for Oklahoma State with 13 points. North Carolina’s SF Erron Livas dropped in 9 points to lead the Tarheels scoring.

After trailing by a small amount throughout the first half, North Carolina tied the game in the first 1-1/2 minutes of the 2nd half. But then Oklahoma State went on a 10-0 run. The Tarheels slowly came back though and with 9-1/2 minutes to play, their PG Ray Cameron hit a long 3 to give them a 60-58 lead. North Carolina maintained a 1-4 point lead until the Cowboys recaptured the lead at 70-69 with just over 3 minutes remaining. Another 3 point shot put North Carolina back on top by 2 with 1:52 on the clock. The Tarheels then clamped down defensively and led 75-70 with 30 seconds to go. Oklahoma State cut the lead to 75-72 with 21 seconds remaining. The Cowboys decided not to foul, and North Carolina put up a shot with 9 seconds to go but missed. Oklahoma State rebounded, called a time out, and brought the ball up court quickly sending it to SG Michael Tice who drilled a 3 with 4 seconds to go to tie it at 75-75 and take the game to overtime.

In OT, North Carolina’s defense completely stymied the Cowboys for the first 4-1/2 minutes while North Carolina was scoring 11 points to go ahead 86-75. At that point Oklahoma scored 2 points on free throws for their only scoring in the overtime. North Carolina’s outstanding overtime play resulted in a 86-77 victory.

North Carolina’s slight edge in shooting (53% to 50%) and turnovers (24-21) were the only statistical differences between the two teams. 

North Carolina got a stellar performance from C Byran Erwin who had 22 points and 8 rebounds. SF Erron Livas scored 17 points and had 5 rebounds. Reserve SG Justin Croom lit a fuse for the Tarheels by dropping in 16 points. And PG Ray Cameron played great on both ends of the court with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals and a block.

Oklahoma State’s PF Jason Scott put in 25 points while pulling down 7 rebounds. SF Matt Stinson scored 14 and had 7 rebound and 4 assists. SG Michael Tice dropped in 13 points and had 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. C Chris Benjamin added 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block.


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Game 30: UConn W3/L12/W19) vs Michigan State (W7/L16/W23): Winner 4th and Loser 7th
 
The lead shifted back and forth in the first 6 minutes of play. Michigan State then moved out to a small lead which they never relinquished for the rest of the half. In the last few minutes of the half the Spartans extended their lead and went to the locker room with a 42-32 advantage.

Michigan State controlled the half by hitting 57% of their shots compared to Connecticut’s 38% shooting and by controlling the boards 18-13. Michigan State was led offensively by PG Adam Betts and SF ichael Manning, both of whom scored 12 points. Manning also pulled down 7 rebounds. UConn’s SG Edmund White dropped in 15 points.

Michigan steadily extended its lead in the 2nd half, going up by 20 with 15:37 to play and then to 25 with 12-1/2 minutes left. The Huskies were never able to gain any momentum.Michigan State won easily 85-64.

Michigan State ended up with a 56% to 38% shooting advantage as well as a dominating the boards 39-24.

Michigan State’s C Matt Grigsby scored 20 points, but SF Michael Manning scored 17 plus had 11 rebounds and 5 assists. PG Adam Betts also scored 17 as well as grabbing 9 rebounds. SG Craig Durham added 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.

UConn’s SG Edunt White had high point honors with 30 points.


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Game 31: Kentucky (W2/W11/L20) vs Arizona (W6/W15/L24): Winner 3rd and Loser 6th
 
The Wildcats are going to win this game! This game matched the Wildcats (of Kentucky) against the Wildcats (of Arizona).

Delawn Bond scored Kentucky’s first 8 points but during the same period of time Arizona’s Stromile Moore also scored 8 and the Arizona ‘s other starters added 8 more for a 16-8 lead. Kentucky finally tied the game at 28-28 with 4:15 left in the first half then went ahead 31-28 with 3:35 left. But Arizona then came back to lead at the end of the half, 40-35.

The first half was the Delawn Bond versus Stromile Moore show. Kentucky’s PF Delawn Bond poured in 19 points and added 5 rebounds but was edged out by Arizona’s C Stromile Moore who scored 21 points and hauled down 6 rebounds. 

But Bond had 3 personal fouls in the first half so was on the bench at the beginning of the 2nd half. Arizona took advantage of this and quickly opened a 15 point lead. Bond returned to the court, but Kentucky couldn’t recover. Arizona went on to notch a dominating 82-62 victory.

Arizona outshot Kentucky 48% to 37% plus had a 36-33 rebounding edge and a 19-10 turnover advantage.

For Arizona, C Stromile Moore finished with 32 points and 8 rebounds. SF Brendon McIntosh scored 14 while pulling down 8 board, dishing out 3 assists, getting 3 steals, and blocking an amazing 7 shots. Reserve PF Ayinde Cullen added 10 points, 6 reb, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

Kentucky’s PF Delawn Bond scored 26 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. SG Chris Treadwell added 10 points.


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Game 32: Florida (W4/W12/W20) vs Kansas (W8/W16/W24): Winner 1st and Loser 2nd
 
In the 75 seconds of the game, SG Jim Wilkerson scored 8 points to give the Jayhawks an 8-0 lead. But then Kansas offense stalled and they didn’t score for the next 4-1/2 minutes. But Florida was only able to cut their lead to 8-4. Wilkerson got into foul trouble and spent almost all of the remainder of the first half on the bench. Florida finally evened the score at 14-14 with 8 minutes left in the half. The Gators went ahead for the first time with 6:50 remaining. By the end of the half, Florida led 29-23.

Kansas outshot the Gators 39% to 32% but Florida held an 18-13 rebounding advantage and also got to the line 14 times to the Jayhawk’s 2 trips to the free throw line and scored 11 more points on foul shots. Florida’s SF Shaun Mason hit for 8 points while Kansas was led offensively by SG Jim Wilkerson with 8 points, even though he only played 8 minutes.

The referees continued to favor Florida on fouls in the 2nd half, but Kansas knotted the score at 31-31 with 17:55 to go. Kansas then went on top 34-31 just 28 seconds later. Jim Wilkerson, who started the 2nd half on the bench, came back in and with Kansas hitting 3’s, they pulled away to a 48-37 lead with 11:22 remaining. Their lead extended to 15 with 9:15 on the clock and 20 with 6:51 left to play. Kansas went on to win the championship 79-63!

Kansas won by hitting 52% of their FG attempts while Florida could only sink 39% of theirs. The Jayhawks also had a 22-18 turnover advantage. These two factors offset Florida’s 32-28 rebounding advantage and the Gators scoring 12 more points on free throws.

Kansas was led by SG Jim Wilkerson who had 21 points and 5 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. C Sam Webb scored 13 and pulled down 6 rebounds while SF Marques Dement scored 12 points by hitting 4 shots from beyond the arc.

Florida’s SF Shaun Webb scored 17 points plus had 4 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks. C David Jackson had 12 points and 11 rebounds. SG Johnny Rivers put in 11 points while pulling down 5 rebounds, dishing out 4 assists and getting 2 steals and a block.


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Round 4 Recap
 
Game 25: UCLA-70, Georgetown-57

Game 26: Stanford-88, Indiana-75

Game 27: LSU-73, Syracuse-64

Game 28: Duke-84, Louisville-72

Game 29: North Carolina-86, Oklahoma State-77 (OT)

Game 30: Michigan State-85, UConn-64

Game 31: Arizona-82, Kentucky-62

Game 32: Kansas-79, Florida-63





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