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PG..wondering if u could post ur coach ratings both current and maximum potential...trying to gather info to see how best to set up my coach. thanks.


[Copied from posting by bloomington in the Wolverine Studios forums]



I'm running this dynasty (the entire tournament) with the CPU controlling both teams in each game and I'm playing out each game from the "Exhibition" mode of CB3, so I'm not a coach for any of the teams.


In my regular associations where I'm head coach, I start out as a "rookie" and lower the generic ratings to something in the 20's for each factor. I vary which one(s) might be a bit higher than the others, but tend to have player development and recruiting in the high 20's and the rest in the low 20's. I normally put the "Potential" ratings in the "veteran" or "elite" range, but don't actually get close to reaching those before I end the dynasty. The initial available head coaching jobs then are below 20 prestige and I typically take a job at program with a sub-10 or low teens prestige level.


Not putting my recruiting level too high together with being at a low-prestige college tends to make recruiting more difficult, which I like. Otherwise I find that recruiting is usually too easy and highly-rated high school recruits are wooed away from much better programs which seems unrealistic to me.

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Round 2, Game 11 (W1 vs W2): Louisville vs Kentucky
In “The Battle of the Blue Grass State”, Louisville jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Kentucky quickly tied the game. Louisville then held a small lead until the 14 minute mark when Kentucky to a 14-13 lead. The game remained close until the Wildcats scored 14 unanswered points to take a 30-16 lead with 8 minutes left in the first half. Louisville rallied to score the next 8 points to get back into the game. Kentucky them closed off the scoring in the half with an 11-0 run to take big 41-24 lead to the locker room.

Kentucky controlled the team stats: shooting 66% to 39%; rebounding: 16-9; turnovers: 10-7. Kentucky’s two interior big men combined for 26 points (PF Delawn Bond poured in 16 points and C Alan Witt added 10). PF Travis Baily and C Rich Cameron each scored 6 points to lead Louisville’s scoring.

Early in the 2nd half, Kentucky expanded their lead to 22 points. The Cardinals put some small dents in that huge Wildcat lead, but midway through the half, Kentucky increased their advantage to 63-39. Louisville tried to comeback and got the lead down to as little as 13 points, but ultimately the Wildcats’ advantage was just too much to overcome. Kentucky put away the Cardinals 75-59.

Kentucky hit 54% of their FG attempts while Louisville hit just 42% of theirs. Kentucky also had a 29-25 rebounding advantage and had 4 fewer turnovers (22-18).

Kentucky PF Delawn Bond had a second straight big game, scoring 28 points and pulling down 8 rebounds. 7-0 foot C Alan Witt scored 13 points, SG Chris Treadwell had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks, and SF Bryan Hill added 10 points.

PG Carlos Tompson led Louisville with 16 points, 4 reb, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. PF Travis Baily dropped in 12 points plus grabbed 5 rebounds and had 3 steals.

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Round 2, Game 12 (W3 vs W4): UConn vs Florida
Florida took control immediately and opened a 22-3 lead with 11:16 remaining in the first half. UConn finally began scoring but left the court with a 43-18 deficit at the half.

Florida outshot UConn 46% to 23%. They also held a 12-5 turnover advantage and got to the line 8 more times where they scored 6 more points than the Huskies. C David Jackson scored 14 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead Florida while PG Steve Vinson scored 12 points and SF Shaun Mason added 10. PG Keith Williams and reserve SF Maurice Porter each had 4 points for UConn.

Things didn’t improve for UConn in the 2nd half. The Gators eventually opened a 30-point lead. Florida demolished the Huskies, 74-50.

Florida controlled all aspects of the game, outshooting UConn 46% to 33%, controlling the boards 36-28, and gaining a 16-11 turnover advantage.

For Florida, PG Steve Vinson held high point honors with 23 points, but C David Jackson scored 16 points, yanked down 11 rebounds, had 2 assists, and defensively had 4 steals and 3 blocks. SF Shaun Mason scored 10 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, dished out 2 assists and had 2 steals and 3 blocks.

UConn was led by SG Edmond White who scored 15 and had 7 rebounds. PG Keith Williams tossed in 12 points.

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Originally Posted by Wayne23 viewpost.gif
It's an outrage!!!


UConn still has two more games to re-right their sinking ship. If they win them both they will finish 4th.

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Round 2, Gm 13 (L5 vs L6): Georgetown vs Oklahoma State
In this game Oklahoma State’s interior height advantage might prove difficult for Georgetown to overcome, particularly if PF Jason Scott has a second straight big game (26 pts and 8 reb in their first round contest).

SG Morgan Bliss scored Georgetown’s first 6 points, scoring on drives and jumpers. As others on the team got down some shots, the Hoyas took a 10-4 lead. Oklahoma State fought back though and took a 17-15 lead with 13:10 remaining in the first half. They then expanded their lead to 8 points at the mid-point of the half. The Cowboys offense continued to click. They took a 52-30 lead with 1:55 to go in the half. And Oklahoma State’s defensive completely stymied the Hoyas in the final 10 minutes of the half. Oklahoma State took a commanding 57-31 lead to the locker room.

The Cowboys hit 68% of their first half shots (and 63% of their 3’s) while shutting down Georgetown’s shooting (FG % of 36% and 0% of their 3’s). Oklahoma State’s defense caused 10 turnovers by the Hoyas compared to just 4 by Oklahoma State. PG Roy Keyes poured in 13 points and PF Jason Scott had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Oklahoma State. SG Morgan Bliss led Georgetown with 13 points while PG Rashad Lytle added 8.

Play by both teams was ragged in the early stages of the 2nd half. Even though the Cowboys’ offense sputtered in the 2nd half, Oklahoma State easily held off Georgetown and coasted to an 85-66 win.

Ultimately Oklahoma State was far more efficient than Georgetown. They outshot the Hoyas 64% to 39% from the field and 56% to 29% from beyond the arc.

Oklahoma State’s PF Jason Scott was dominant again scoring 24, pulling down 11 rebounds, dishing out 4 assists and blocking 4 shots. Three other Cowboys scored in double figures (SG Michael Tice-19 points, PG Ron Keyes-15 points, and reserve C Brian Magloire-10 points. The Cowboys’ big men also shut down Georgetown’s interior game.

High point man for Georgetown was SG Morgan Bliss with 19 points. But SF Stephan Garner not only scored 18 points but also grabbed 9 rebounds. PG Rashad Lytle added 13 points and had 5 assists.

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Round 2, Gm 14 (L7 vs L8): Stanford vs LSU
The final loser bracket game of round 2 pitted 2 teams that put up good battles in round 1.

The first half turned out to be series of alternating runs. LSU took a 7 point lead early, then Stanford came back to go ahead by 3 midway through the half, and LSU controlled the final portion of the half building as much as a 13 point advantage. The half ended with LSU up 46-35.

LSU’s lead was the result of superior shooting (63% for LSU compared to 41% by Stanford), rebounding (16 for LSU as compared to Stanford’s 12), and success at the free throw line (10 of 11 by LSU but just 6 of 10 for Stanford). PG Mark Nolan led LSU offensively with 10 points. High point honors went to Stanford’s C Grant Everett with 12 points.

Stanford scored the first 6 points of the 2nd half to cut LSU’s lead to 5. Then with 13:25 to play, Stanford pulled ahead 51-50 combining a strong offense with a stingy defense. The game then became closely contested. But with 3:29 remaining, LSU forged a 70-65 lead and looked to be on their way to victory. Stanford then went stone cold sealing their demise. LSU won going away 77-68.

LSU knocked down 52% of their FG attempts (46% from 3-point distance) to Stanford's 40% (21% from beyond the arc). The Tigers also controlled the boards 32-26. 

Four of LSU’s starters scored in double figures (C Marcus Seasons, 16 points; SF Marvin Felder, 15 points (along with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals), PF Willis Leis, 12 points, and PG Mark Nolan, 12 points).

For Stanford, C Grant Everett was most potent with 24 points. SG Antony Brown added 12 points, and PF/C Matt Edwards came off the bench to score 11 points.

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Round 2, Gm 15 (W5 vs W6): Duke vs Arizona
Neither team could pull away in the early stages of the first half, but Arizona’s offense went cold and Duke opened a 10 point lead with 7 minutes left in the half. The half ended with Duke leading 30-22.

Duke totally shut down Arizona on the boards, finishing the half with a 19-5 advantage. They also hit 52% while Arizona only hit 42%. Arizona was 0-8 from 3 point land. Duke’s PF Darryl Thompson dropped in 10 points while C Tim Emery scored 6 and pulled down 10 rebounds. The top scorer for Arizona was C Stromile Moore with 6 points.

Arizona gradually cut into Duke’s lead in the 2nd half and tied the game 38-38 with 11:50 remaining. Duke answered the alarm bell by scoring the next 7 points. After falling behind by 9, the Wildcats slowly crept back to draw within 2 points with 5:52 left in the game and then hit a 3 with 5:09 on the clock to tie the game at 53-53. Arizona went ahead 57-56 with 3:26 to play. The Wildcats rode back-to back 3's and a breakaway dunk to take a 62-58 lead with 2:19 left. With 59 seconds to play, Duke’s PF Darryl Thompson muscled up a 6 foot jumper that found the bottom of the net. Thompson was fouled on the shot and sunk the free throw to cut Arizona’s lead to 64-63. 

Thompson was again fouled on a shot with 23 seconds to go, but missed both shots. The Blue Devils controlled the resulting rebound, but missed a put-back. Arizona escaped with a thrilling 64-63 victory.

Duke controlled the boards 35-20, but Arizona had a 23-15 turnover advantage. Arizona got to the line 6 more times and scored 4 more points on free throws which was enough to win the game. After missing all their 3’s in the first half, the Wildcats made 5 of 10 in the 2nd half.

C Stromile Moore led Arizona with 16 points plus pulled down 7 rebounds and had 1 steal and 5 blocks. SF Brendan McIntosh was high point man with 19 points. SG Dan Steward scored 15 points and had 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Duke’s PF Darryl Thompson poured in 20 points and also had 8 rebound, 3 assists, and 1 block. PG LeDarion Campbell added 13 points for the Blue Devils.

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Round 2, Gm 16 (W7 vs W8): Michigan State vs Kansas
Big question before the final game of round 2 started: Can SG Jim Wilkerson come close to equaling his impressive 34 points in the Jayhawks first game?

Kansas ran off the first 14 points in this game. It took Michigan State over 4 minutes to get their first points. Michigan State battled back to cut the lead to 7 points midway through the half. But Kansas was like a scoring machine and piled up a 55-37 halftime lead. 

Kansas hit 48% of their shots. They also fired away at will from 3-point distance hitting 10 of 23 from beyond the arc. Kansas also had just 2 turnovers. Defensively they forced Michigan State to turn the ball over 10 times and hit just 36% of their FG attempts. Kansas was led by SF Marques Dement’s 14 points while SG Jim Wilkerson added 13 plus grabbed 6 rebounds. C Darren Curry came off the bench to lead Michigan State offensively with 9 points. Starting C Matt Grigsby scored 7 and pulled down 10 rebounds.

The 2nd half was pretty much a carbon copy of the first with Kansas scoring nearly at will and gradually increasing their lead. When the buzzer sounded the final score was: Kansas-102, Michigan State-79.

Kansas outdid their previous game’s 95 point performance by breaking the century mark in this game. While they shot well (51%) their conversion rate wasn’t off the charts. And they only got to the line 13 times (scoring 12 points on free throws), but they seemed fearless from outside, hitting 15 of 35 three’s. Defensively they limited the Spartans to 38% shooting (and 27% from 3-point distance) and forced Michigan State to make 16 turnovers. Michigan State’s 29 for 34 from the foul line was not enough to keep them in the game.

Both Marques Dement and Jim Wilkerson scored 23 points for Kansas. Wilkerson also had 8 rebounds and 1 block, while Dement had 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks to win the Player of the Game award. PF Jarvis Holmer added 17 points and 9 rebounds plus a block. PG Marcus Conrad scored 11 and dished off 12 assists (for a great double-double).

Michigan State had 5 players score in double figures. SF Michael Manning led the team with 16 points, 11 rebound (his own double-double) and had 3 assists and 4 steals. C Matt Gribsby also recorded a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds plus dishing off 2 assists and blocking 2 shots. Reserve C Darren Curry scored 14 points in 10 minutes of play. SG Craig Duran added 13 points and PG Adam Betts scored 10 points and dished off 4 assists.

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Round 2 Recap
Gm 9: Syracuse-70, UCLA-62

Gm 10: North Carolina-89, Indiana-81

Gm 11: Kentucky-75, Louisville-59

Gm 12: Florida-74, UConn-50

Gm 13: Oklahoma State-85, Georgetown-66

Gm 14: LSU-77, Stanford-68

Gm 15: Arizona-64, Duke-63

Gm 16: Kansas-102, Michigan State-79

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Top Individual Performances in Round 2
Syracuse PG Chris Roberts: 17 pts, 8 reb, 3 assists, 1 block
UCLA C Reginald Cox: 12 pts, 11 reb
UCLA PF Dan Davis: 11 pts, 10 reb
North Carolina PG Ray Cameron: 23 pts, 6 assists
North Carolina C Bryan Erwin: 19 pts
Kentucky PF Delawn Bond: 28 pts, 8 reb
Florida PG Steve Vinson: 23 pts
Florida C David Jackson: 16 pts, 11 reb, 2 assists, 4 steals, 3 blocks
Oklahoma State PF Jason Scott: 24 pts, 11 reb, 4 assists and 4 blocks
Georgetown SF Stephan Garner: 18 pts, 9 reb
Stanford C Grant Everett: 24 pts, 7 reb
LSU SF Marvin Felder: 15 pts, 7 reb, 3 assists, 3 steals
Arizona C Stromile Moore: 16 pts, 7 reb, 1 steal, 5 blocks
Duke PF Darryl Thompson: 20 pts, 8 reb, 3 assists, 1 block
Kansas SF Marques Dement: 23 points, 5 reb, 2 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks
Kansas SG Jim Wilkerson: 23 points, 8 reb, 1 block
Kansas PG Marcus Conrad: 11 points, 1 reb, 12 assists, 2 steals
Kansas PF Jarvis Holmer: 17 points, 9 reb, 1 block
Michigan State SF Michael Manning: 16 pts, 11 reb, 3 assists, 4 steals
Michigan State C Matt Grigsby: 11 pts, 13 reb, 2 assists, 2 blocks

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Who do you think?
Just 4 teams left with a chance to be the champion. So who do you think will take it all?

Kentucky? Florida? Arizona? Kansas?

And who will be the cellar rat? Just 4 teams that have that possibility...

UCLA? Indiana? Georgetown? Stanford?

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Again the Atlanta location of the tournament led to teams which are nearer the south and east winning 5 of 7 games. The 8th game was between two teams from the same state (Kentucky). Teams countering the trend and winning in spite of being further from Atlanta were Oklahoma State and Arizona.

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Round 3 matchups
Game 17 (L1/L9 vs L3/L10): UCLA vs Indiana

Game 18 (L2/W9 vs L4/W10): Syracuse vs North Carolina

Game 19 (W1/L11 vs W3/ L12): Louisville vs UConn

Game 20 (W2/W11 vs W4/W12): Kentucky vs Florida

Game 21 (L5/L13 vs L7/L14): Georgetown vs Stanford

Game 22 (L6/W13 vs L8/W14): Oklahoma State vs LSU

Game 23 (W5/L15 vs W7/L16): Duke vs Michigan State

Game 24 (W6/W15 vs W8/W16): Arizona vs Kansas

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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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