Midwest Regional

March 18, 1994

TODAY'S GAMES

at Oklahoma City

4. Okla. State (23-9) vs. 13. New Mexico State (23-7), 12:25 p.m. (chs. 11, 9) 5. UCLA (21-6) vs. 12. Tulsa (21-7), 2:55 p.m. approx 8. Illinois (17-10) vs. 9. Georgetown (18-11), 8:08 p.m. (chs. 11, 9) 1. Arkansas (25-3) vs. 16. North Carolina A&T (16-13), 10:38 p.m. approx.

Outlook: Oklahoma State has lost only once since December. The Cowboys' strengths are defense, execution (20 assists per game) and C Bryant "Big Country" Reeves (20 ppg, 10 rpg). New Mexico State, 3-4 in five straight NCAA appearances, is led by C James Dockery (12.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg). The brothers O'Bannon, Ed (17.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg) and Charles (11.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg), are the keys for UCLA. Tulsa coach Tubby Smith is a former Rick Pitino assistant and employs Pitino's style: run, press, shoot three-pointers. Illinois' only big name is F Deon Thomas (19.6 ppg); freshman Kiwane Garris (15.8 ppg) has come on strong. Once again, Georgetown has a good young center in Othella Harrington (15.9 ppg, 59 percent from the field), a frantic defense (61.8 points allowed) and terrible shooting (41.6 percent). Arkansas is led by 6-7, 245-pound sophomore F Corliss Williamson (20.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg), and its full-court pressing defense forces an average of 22.3 turnovers. North Carolina A&T is here because Morgan State upset Coppin State in the first round of the MEAC tournament.

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