East Regional

March 18, 1994


at Landover

1. North Carolina (27-6) vs. 16. Liberty (18-11), 12:20 p.m. 8. Washington State (20-10) vs. 9. Boston College (20-10), 2:50 p.m. approx. 4. Temple (22-7) vs. 13. Drexel (25-4), 7:33 p.m. 5. Indiana (19-8) vs. 12. Ohio University (25-7), 10:03 p.m. approx.

Outlook: If North Carolina G Donald Williams (14.8 ppg) gets back to playing as he did before his injuries, he could lead the Tar Heels back to the title. Liberty is looking for a miracle, but will have to settle for a good game from senior G Matt Hildebrand (18.8 ppg). The momentum is with Washington State, which has won seven of its past nine and is led by freshman G Isaac Fontaine (14 ppg). There's a strong argument to be made that Boston College C Bill Curley (21 ppg, 10 rpg, 55 percent shooting) is the best player in the country who has not played in the NCAA tournament. Temple is almost totally dependent on its perimeter players for scoring -- Eddie Jones (19.3 ppg) and Aaron McKie (18.6 ppg) account for more than half of the Owls' 65 points per game. Drexel is patient and disciplined, with 6-7, 250-pound sophomore Malik Rose anchoring the middle. Yes, Damon Bailey is still at Indiana, where he's averaging 20.6 ppg, 4.2 apg, 4.4 rpg and has made 45 three-pointers. Ohio University might just upset the Hoosiers, after winning 13 in a row thanks to 6-7, 215-pound sophomore F Gary Trent (25.6 ppg, 11.5 rpg).

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