Texas ousts Oregon, will meet Maryland NCAA TOURNAMENT THE ROAD STARTS HERE

March 17, 1995|By Jerry Bembry and Don Markus | Jerry Bembry and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writers

SALT LAKE CITY -- When Texas learned it was an 11th seed, the Longhorns felt slighted. Last night, their intention was to earn a little respect.

And Texas (23-7) did just that, using its defensive pressure to spark a 90-73 victory over sixth-seeded Oregon in a West Regional first-round game at the Huntsman Center.

Terrence Rencher scored 19 points and backcourt mate Roderick Anderson added 15 for Texas, which advanced to tomorrow's second round against No. 3 seed Maryland.

"I'm happy we got the 11th seed," Texas coach Tom Penders said afterward. "If it were the other way around, the emotional edge would have been with Oregon."

Oregon (19-9), making its first tournament appearance in 34 years, was hurt by poor shooting (seven of 33 on three-point attempts, 38 percent from the field overall).

"It was more pressure than we expected," said guard Orlando Williams, who led the Ducks with 23 points. "It was a much more

up-and-down game than we expected."

UConn 100, UT-Chattanooga 71

Here's how not to start your first-round game in the NCAA tournament: Miss your first six shots, miss your first two free throws and commit three turnovers, all while waiting for the first television timeout.

That was what Tennessee-Chattanooga and its coach, Mack McCarthy, did against Connecticut at the Huntsman Center. It ++ resulted in the Huskies scoring 13 points before the timeout, and two more right afterward.

The fast start by Connecticut, the No. 2 seed, and 15th-seeded Chattanooga's abysmal beginning led to a likely result: The Huskies built a 25-point first-half lead, led by 20 at halftime and ran away to a 29-point win.

Senior forward Donny Marshall led the Huskies (26-4) with 22 points and sophomore forward Ray Allen added 18. Senior forward Maurio Hanson led Chattanooga (19-11) with a game-high 28.

Cincinnati 77, Temple 71

Temple hardly could be associated with accurate shooting, so when freshman guard Johnny Miller and the Owls began hitting three-pointers, the signs were good for an upset.

But the 10th-seeded Owls' impressive offensive display simply woke up seventh-seeded Cincinnati. Facing one of the nation's best defensive teams, the Bearcats shot 61.4 percent, including 60 percent from three-point range, and defeated Temple (19-11) at the Huntsman Center.

Cincinnati (22-11), which fought off a late Temple rally, moves on to face Connecticut tomorrow.

WEST REGIONAL

(At Boise, Idaho)

1. UCLA (25-2)

Coach: Jim Harrick.

Tourney fact: Enter tourney as No. 1 in nation for first time since 1975 -- the year of the Bruins' last national title.

Key player: Ed O'Bannon. The 6-8 forward is the Bruins' heart, soul and spine.

Comment: After responding to countless challenges during the season, looked poised to make a good run.

4. Utah (27-5)

Coach: Rick Majerus.

Tourney fact: Majerus took Utes to the Sweet 16 in '91 before losing to UNLV.

Key players: Keith Van Horn, a 6-9 sophomore forward averaging 21.0 points and 8.7 rebounds, and 6-5 junior-college transfer Brandon Jessie, who is averaging 16.0 points.

Comment: WAC regular-season and tourney champs have a chance to reach second weekend.

5. Mississippi State (20-7)

Coach: Richard Williams.

Tourney fact: Second NCAA appearance under Williams; lost in first round in 1991.

Key player: Erick Dampier is sixth nationally in field-goal percentage at 63 percent.

Comment: Bulldogs won at Kentucky, and may escape the shadow of better-known SEC teams. "That's a team who could go a ways in any tournament," predicted Tennessee coach Kevin O'Neill.

8. Missouri (19-8)

Coach: Norm Stewart.

Tourney fact: Annual tourney disappointment shed that label last year with run to West Regional final.

Key players: Paul O'Liney, Sammie and Simeon Haley. O'Liney, a 6-2 guard, is the scoring spark. Haley twins, both 7 feet, inside question marks.

Comment: The Haleys are hugely unpolished and about to experience their first NCAA tourney.

9. Indiana (19-11)

Coach: Bob Knight.

Tourney fact: Knight has taken the Hoosiers to the tournament 19 times, and his 1976, 1981 and 1987 teams won titles.

Key players: Senior forwards Alan Henderson and Brian Evans. Henderson is averaging 23.7 points and 9.7 rebounds; Evans led the Big Ten in three-point shooting.

Comment: Heralded freshmen Charlie Miller, Michael Hermon, Andrae Patterson and Neil Reed may make things interesting.

12. Santa Clara (21-6)

Coach: Dick Davey.

Tourney fact: Beat second-seeded Arizona, 64-61, in 1993.

Key players: Junior guard Steve Nash, West Coast Conference Player of the Year, averages 20.9 points and 6.6 assists.

Comment: The Broncos, who lost their last two games, are explosive on three-point shots.

13. Long Beach State (20-9)

Coach: Seth Greenberg.

Tourney fact: Since 1977, the 49ers have made it to the NCAAs just once, in 1993.

RTC Key players: Joe McNaull, a 6-10 senior transfer, and 6-8 senior forward Mike Atkinson lead Big West tourney champs.

Comment: The 49ers are strong on the inside.

16. Florida International (11-18)

Coach: Bob Weltlich.Tourney fact: Making first appearance. After winning the Trans-America tournament for an automatic bid after finishing eighth, FIU brings the worst record to the NCAA tournament since George Washington's 9-16 mark in 1961.

Key players: Forward James Mazyck was the conference tournament's MVP. Weltlich said guard Marc Dozier has been the "heart of the team" as a playmaker and defender.

Comment: Weltlich, who is leaving after FIU's last game, was an assistant under Bob Knight at Army.

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