Midwest Regional at a glance

March 25, 1993|By Don Markus

(At St. Louis Arena)

Indiana (30-3) vs. Louisville (22-8)

Time: 8 p.m.

TV: Channels 11, 9

Coaches: Indiana, Bob Knight (618-213 in 28 years overall, 516-163 in 22 years at Indiana); Louisville, Denny Crum (518-191 in 22 years)

Analysis: Aside from a matchup of two of the game's most respected coaches -- Knight has won three national championships, Crum has won two -- it's also a matchup of two contrasting styles. The difference is that the Hoosiers can play Louisville's up-tempo game, but the Cardinals won't beat Indiana playing a half-court game. If James Brewer continues his hot outside shooting from Sunday's win over Oklahoma State, the 'Ville has a chance. But Indiana, which got a wake-up call from Xavier Sunday, should be able to wear down the Cardinals with too many hard picks and too much Calbert Cheaney.

Kansas (27-6) vs. California (21-8)

Time: 10:35 p.m. (approximately, begins 30 minutes after end of preceding game)

Coaches: Kansas, Roy Williams (130-36 in five years); California, Todd Bozeman (11-1, one year)

Analysis: The Jayhawks just simply outmanned, outshot and eventually outran both Ball State and BYU last week outside Chicago. But they don't seem to have the significant edge in any of those categories against the Bears. Kansas guard Rex Walters had a tremendous weekend shooting, but his matchup against Jason Kidd could be a lot tougher. Kansas is stronger inside than Cal, but it's not a great rebounding team and $H susceptible to giving up offensive boards. The Bears are more athletic, with Lamond Murray coming off a sensational game against Duke's Grant Hill.

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