West Regional at a glance

March 26, 1993|By Jerry Bembry

(At the Kingdome, Seattle)

Michigan (28-4) vs. George Washington (21-8)

Time: 8:08 p.m.

TV: Channels 11, 9

Coaches: Michigan, Steve Fisher (96-36 in four years); George Washington, Mike Jarvis (157-83 in eight years overall, 56-32 in three years at GW)

Analysis: Consider Michigan lucky to have edged UCLA, 86-84, in overtime Sunday -- and consider George Washington unlucky to have to face the top-seeded Wolverines after such a jolt. It will be size that will carry Michigan to Sunday's West Regional finals. Look for the Wolverines to constantly feed the ball to 6-9 F Chris Webber, who had 27 points and 14 rebounds and ignited Michigan in its comeback win against UCLA. With Webber getting help down low from 6-9 C Juwan Howard, the Wolverines should overwhelm George Washington and their 7-1 freshman sensation, Yinka Dare. As UCLA did on Sunday, the Colonials will have to use an effective zone to clog the middle and force the Wolverines to a perimeter game that has been inconsistent. Michigan G Jalen Rose is erratic, and forcing him into turnovers could keep George Washington in the game. Because Dare will have problems offensively against the aggressive Webber, George Washington's three-point shooters will have to make some noise. Reserve G Kwame Evans has hit seven of nine three-pointers in two tournament games, and the Colonials are shooting 48.3 percent from behind the arc in the tournament. Another key for the Colonials will be controlling the tempo. Although they are 10-0 this season when scoring 80 or more points, a pace like that would favor the Wolverines.

Vanderbilt (28-5) vs. Temple (19-12)

Time: 10:38 p.m. (approximately, begins 30 minutes after end of preceding game)

Coaches: Vanderbilt, Eddie Fogler (140-79 overall, 79-47 in four years at Vanderbilt); John Chaney (458-143 overall, 252-96 in 11 years at Temple)

Analysis: Temple's 9-2 record in its last 11 games is a tribute to the team's smothering defense, and it needs more of the same if the Owls are to reach the regional finals. Using a match-up zone that made it hard to get off a good shot, Temple limited Missouri and Santa Clara to 37.9 percent shooting in the team's first- and second-round wins. But now the Owls must face a Vanderbilt team whose motion offense and effective picks made the Commodores a surprise power in the Southeastern Conference. Temple will key on Bill McCaffrey, who shoots 55.5 percent from the field -- and 51.6 percent from behind the three-point line. Vanderbilt's motion offense proved successful against SEC rivals Arkansas and Kentucky. But Temple's slow, plodding style might prove frustrating to the Commodores. This should be a close game but look for experience -- mainly that of McCaffrey, who won an NCAA title as a top reserve at Duke -- to carry Vanderbilt to the regional finals.

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