Alabama Vs. Pennsylvania

March 13, 1995|By Brad Snyder

No. 5 Alabama (22-9)

Head coach: David Hobbs.

Career record: 58-32 in three seasons.

Record at school: Same.

Conference: Southeastern (12-7).

Conference tournament: Lost to Arkansas, 69-58, in semifinal.

Best win: 88-70 at Arkansas on Jan. 24.

Worst loss: 72-52 to Kentucky on Feb. 21.

NCAA tournament record: 14-13.

Last NCAA appearance: 1994, beat Providence, 76-70; lost to Purdue, 83-73.

Probable starters: C Antonio McDyess, So., 6-9; F Jason Caffey, Sr., 6-8; F Jamal Faulkner, Sr., 6-7; G Marvin Orange, Jr., 6-0; Artie Griffin, Sr., 6-3.

Scouting report: The Crimson Tide roll over opponents with size, defense and a balanced scoring attack. Faulkner (12.7 ppg), McDyess (12.4 ppg), Caffey (12.7 ppg), Griffin (7.5 pgg) or Eric Washington (13.5 ppg) could lead the team in scoring on any given night. Washington, a 6-3 sophomore forward, came on strong early, took Faulkner's starting spot for a string of games at midseason, but has slumped of late (2-for-10, four points in 11-point SEC tournament loss to Arkansas). Alabama is known for its tenacious defense. But the key to the team's success will be leadership, particularly from the smooth Faulkner. The Crimson Tide could go far if they get past the Quakers.

Notable: Faulkner, who transferred from Arizona State and originally committed to Pittsburgh, played high school ball at New York City's Christ the King with former North Carolina guard Derrick Phelps and former Arizona guard Khalid Reeves.

What they're saying: Hobbs' reaction to Digger Phelps' prediction on CNN that Penn would upset Alabama: "If he wants to pick that upset, that's his business."

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Alabama roster

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

5 Wade Kaiser, C, 6-9, 180, So., Birmingham, Ala., 7, 0.7, 0.1, 0.6

11 Anthony Brown, G/F, 6-5, 205, Jr., St. Petersburg, Fla., 12, 1.3, 0.5, 3.2

12 Terrence Bethel, G, 6-0, 182, Sr., Bronx, N.Y., 26, 0.9, 1.2, 1.2

13 Marco Whitfield, G, 6-0, 160, Jr., Decatur, Ala., 14, 0.9, 1.4, 2.1

14 Eric Washington, G, 6-4, 180, So., Jackson, Miss., 27, 4.2, 1.0, 13.5

15 Marvin Orange, G, 6-0, 180, Jr., Columbia, S.C., 27, 1.4, 4.4, 6.4

22 Bryan Passink, G, 6-3, 180, Jr., Savannah, Ga., 27, 1.1, 0.1, 3.3

24 Antonio McDyess, F/C, 6-9, 185, So., Quitman, Miss., 27, 9.2, 0.6, 12.4

25 Artie Griffin, G/F, 6-4, 180, Sr., San Antonio, Tex., 27, 2.9, 3.3, 7.5

30 Jamal Faulkner, F, 6-7, 215, Sr., New York, N.Y., 27, 5.7, 1.1, 12.7

35 Jason Caffey, F, 6-8, 245, Sr., Mobile, Ala., 25, 8.0, 1.6, 12.2

50 Roy Rogers, C, 6-9, 212, Jr., Linden, Ala., 27, 4.0, 0.6, 3.8

No. 12 Pennsylvania (22-5)

Head coach: Fran Dunphy.

Career record: 106-54 in six seasons.

Record at school: Same.

Conference: Ivy League.

Conference tournament: None.

Best win: 62-60 at Michigan on Dec. 13.

Worst loss: 81-78 to Canisius on Nov. 16.

NCAA tournament record: 13-17.

Last NCAA appearance: 1994, beat Nebraska, 90-80; lost to Florida, 70-58.

Probable starters: C Eric Moore, Sr., 6-7; F Shawn Trice, Sr., 6-7; F/G Scott Kegler, Sr., 6-6; G Matt Maloney, Sr., 6-3; Jerome Allen, Sr., 6-4.

Scouting report: Penn has one of the best backcourts in the nation in Allen (14.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and Vanderbilt-transfer Maloney (14.8 ppg and 45 percent from three-point range). Ask Nebraska, who the Quakers bounced out of the first round of the tournament last year. Ask Michigan, who they beat in Ann Arbor this year on a buzzer-beater by Allen. The Quakers only go seven deep, but Providence transfer Ira Bowman has provided double-digit scoring (10.6) off the bench in only 19.4 minutes a game. The Quakers are undefeated in their last three Ivy League seasons. Tackling Alabama's athletic front court will be a tall order, but with five senior starters, the Quakers could pull off another first-round upset.

Notable: Jerome Allen, a three-time Ivy League player of the year, is a finalist for the Wooden Award.

zTC What they're saying: Forward Shawn Trice told a Daily Pennsylvanian reporter, half in jest, "We're going to Seattle."

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Pennsylvania roster

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

3 Jamie Lyren, G, 6-3, 180, So., Wadsworth, Ohio, 16, 0.6, 0.9, 0.3

10 Cedric Laster, F, 6-4, 205, Jr., Clayton, Mo., 16, 0.8, 0.1, 1.6

12 Matt Maloney, G, 6-3, 192, Sr., Haddonfield, N.J., 26, 2.8, 4.5, 14.8

13 Ira Bowman, F, 6-5, 195, Jr., Newark, N.J., 26, 2.8, 1.6, 10.6

14 Garett Kreitz, G, 6-1, 180, Fr., Cresskill, N.J., 13, 0.5, 0.2, 2.8

20 Donald Moxley, G, 6-2, 170, Jr., Irvington, N.J., 21, 1.2, 0.5, 1.4

21 George Zaninovich, G, 6-3, 179, Fr., Eugene, Ore., 17, 0.6, 0.4, 1.8

22 Scott Kegler, G, 6-6, 195, Sr., Columbus, Ohio, 26, 3.0, 1.5, 8.9

23 Tim Krug, F/C, 6-7, 220, Jr., Cheltenham, Pa., 26, 4.5, 1.0, 7.8

32 Eric Moore F/C, 6-7, 235, Sr., Media, Pa., 26, 5.2, 1.3, 11.6

33 Nat Graham, C, 6-7, 215, So., Miami, 23, 1.8, 0.4, 2.4

52 Shawn Trice, F, 6-7, 215, Sr., Detroit, 26, 7.0, 1.2, 7.1

53 Jerome Allen, G, 6-4, 184, Sr., Philadelphia, 26, 4.7, 6.0, 14.0

55 Vigor Kapetanovic, C, 6-11, 222, Fr., Nepean, Ontario, 17, 0.8, 0.1, 1.1

Note: Does not include last regular-season game

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