Minnesota Vs. Saint Louis Ncaa Tournament: Thursday's Games In Baltimore

March 13, 1995|By Ken Murray

No. 8 Minnesota (19-11)

Head coach: Clem Haskins.

Career record: 252-196 in 15 seasons.

Record at school: 151-123 in nine seasons.

Conference: Big Ten.

Conference tournament: No tournament.

Best win: 66-57 over Michigan State on Feb. 18.

Worst loss: 71-50 to Texas Southern on Dec. 21.

NCAA tournament record: r 8-5.

Last NCAA appearance: 1994, beat Southern Illinois, 74-60; lost to Louisville, 60-55.

Probable starters: G Voshon Lenard, Sr., 6-4; G Townsend Orr, Sr., 6-1; C John Thomas, So., 6-9; F Chad Kolander, Sr., 6-9, or Sam Jacobson, Fr., 6-5; F Jayson Walton, Sr., 6-6.

Scouting report: The Gophers are a perimeter-oriented team with two guards, Lenard and Orr, leading the scoring. . . . They are in their 100th year of basketball. Their two best tournament efforts carried them to the Sweet 16 in 1989 and to the Final Eight in 1990. . . . Lenard scored a season-low two points in the regular-season finale, a 69-60 loss to Penn State Saturday, after falling off Minnesota's elevated court two days before against Purdue. He hurt his shoulder, knee and hip in the fall. . . . Minnesota lost four of its last six after going 17-7. . . . The Gophers are 7-4 against the tournament field.

Notable: Lenard was a second-round draft pick -- the 46th player overall -- by the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA's 1994 draft. But the new NCAA rule that allows players to test the NBA waters and retain their college eligibility allowed Lenard to return to Minnesota for his senior season. He averaged 17.3 points this season. And the Bucks will hold his rights through the 1995 draft.

What they're saying: Clem Haskins on the Billikens: "Spoonhour is a great coach. They play pressure defense, they play hard. We've got to do a good job contesting shots."

Minnesota roster

No. Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown, G, Reb., Ast., Pts.

3 Ryan Wolf, G, 6-3, 195, Sr., Martinsville, Ind., 28, 0.8, 0.9, 2.1

5 Sam Jacobson, G, 6-5, 200, Fr., Cottage Grove, Minn., 30, 4.6, 1.2, 7.6

11 Hosea Crittenden, G, 5-9, 175, Jr., Rosemount, Minn., 13, 0.3, 0.3, 0.4

12 John Thomas, F/C, 6-9, 265, So., Minneapolis, 30, 4.7, 0.8, 7.6

15 Aaron Ostermann, G, 6-1, 195, Sr., Zimmerman, Minn., 8, 0.4, 0.0, 0.0

20 Darrell Whaley, G, 6-5, 170, Fr., Detroit, 19, 0.9, 0.6, 2.1

21 Voshon Lenard, G, 6-4, 200, Sr., Detroit, 30, 4.3, 2.6, 17.3

22 David Grimm, F, 6-7, 215, Jr., Massillon, Ohio, 27, 3.2, 1.2, 5.2

23 Townsend Orr, G, 6-1, 175, Sr., Dolton, Ill., 30, 4.6, 4.6, 13.0

25 Micah Watkins, G, 6-4, 205, Fr., Minneapolis, 13, 0.5, 0.2, 0.4

32 Jayson Walton, F, 6-6, 215, Sr., Dallas, 30, 7.0, 1.7, 10.9

33 Eric Harris, G, 6-2, 195, Fr., New York, 29, 0.9, 1.5, 2.4

50 Trevor Winter, C, 7-0, 260, So., Slayton, Minn., 30, 3.2, 0.6, 3.6

51 Chad Kolander, F/C, 6-9, 245, Sr., Owatonna, Minn., 30, 3.6, 1.2, 6.0

No. 9 Saint Louis (22-7)

Head coach: Charlie Spoonhour.

Career record: 254-111 in 12 seasons.

Record at school: 57-30 in three seasons.

Conference: Great Midwest.

Conference tournament: Lost to Cincinnati in final, 67-65.

Best win: 68-52 over Memphis on Feb. 11.

Worst loss: 70-54 to Alabama-Birmingham on Feb. 4.

NCAA tournament record: 1-4.

Last NCAA appearance: 1994, lost to Maryland, 74-66, in first round.

Probable starters: G Erwin Claggett, Sr., 6-1; G H Waldman, Sr., 6-3; C David Robinson, Sr., 6-6; F Scott Highmark, Sr., 6-5; F Jeff Harris, So., 6-5.

Scouting report: The Billikens will be one of, if not the smallest team in the tournament. Their tallest player, 6-8 Sekeue Barentine, averaged two points and nine minutes a game. Harris leads the team in rebounds with 5.6. Despite their height disadvantage, Saint Louis out-rebounded its opponents this season. Of course, the Billikens didn't have a center last year, either. . . . They rely on their quickness and on creating matchup problems. Claggett averaged 18.5 points and Waldman, the point guard, led the team with 4.9 assists and 2.5 steals. . . . They aren't timid about taking the three-point shot, either. They threw up 668 this year, hitting 39.5 percent. . . . Unlike struggling Minnesota, Saint Louis is finishing with a flurry. It won five of its last six, and eight of the last 10.

Notable: When the Billikens made the NCAA tournament a year ago, it ended a drought of 37 years. Spoonhour, with his trademark turtleneck, turned the team from a 12-17 loser to a 23-6 winner a year ago. Now he's produced the Billikens' first back-to-back NCAA tournament bids. He's 45-13 the past two seasons.

What they're saying: Spoonhour on a return to the NCAA: "I think this team is a little more ready. Last year we were just overjoyed to get in. I know Minnesota is a quality opponent, and obviously they've got an outstanding payer in Voshon Lenard."

Saint Louis roster

No. Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Yr., Hometown, G, Reb., Ast., Pts.

10 Carl Turner, G, 5-11, 165, Sr., Suitland, Md., 28, 2.0, 2.1, 7.6

12 Carlos McCauley, G, 5-11, 170, Jr., Charleston, Mo., 29, 1.0, 1.1, 2.3

13 Erwin Claggett, G, 6-1, 185, Sr., Venice, Ill., 29, 2.9, 2.6, 18.5

20 H Waldman, G, 6-3, 195, Sr., Las Vegas, 28, 2.5, 4.9, 11.6

23 Corey Grays, F, 6-5, 205, Jr., San Angelo, Tex., 14, 1.2, 0.3, 2.4

30 David Robinson, F, 6-6, 210, Sr., Rock Island, Ill., 29, 6.6, 1.1, 9.6

32 Scott Highmark, G, 6-5, 205, Sr., St. Louis, 29, 3.8, 2.0, 13.9

33 Eric Jones, F, 6-5, 205, Sr., Hillsboro, Kan., 20, 1.3, 0.3, 1.8

42 Jeff Harris, F, 6-5, 225, So., Little Rock, Ark., 29, 5.6, 0.8, 7.0

44 Donnie Campbell, F, 6-6, 215, Sr., Tucumcari, N.M., 29, 3.8, 0.4, 2.7

45 Sekeue Barentine, F/C, 6-8, 210, So., Texarkana, Texas, 28, 1.6, 0.2, 2.0

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