NCAA highlights

March 17, 1996

Points

Brian Tolbert, E. Michigan 36

Doron Sheffer, Connecticut 27

Brevin Knight, Stanford 27

Dedric Willoughby, Iowa State 26

Ray Allen, Connecticut 25

Rebounds Malik Rose, Drexel 15

Derek Hood, Arkansas 13

Kenny Pratt, Iowa State 12

Michael Doleac, Utah 12

Darnell Robinson, Arkansas 11

Antoine Walker, Kentucky 11

Amal McCaskill, Marquette 11

Assists Edgar Padilla, Massachusetts 12

Marcus Bullard, Miss. St. 9

Kareem Reid, Arkansas 9

Brevin Knight, Stanford 9

Kelly Mann, Virginia Tech 8

Biggest upset

Georgia over Purdue: The Boilermakers, who Thursday nearly became the first top-seeded team in tournament history to lose to a No. 16, couldn't withstand a 20-2 run by Georgia. In 12 trips to the tournament since 1983, Purdue has made it past the second round only twice.

Biggest blowout

Kentucky over Virginia Tech: The Wildcats proved they can more than survive in a half-court environment. Even at a moderate pace, the Wildcats won by 24.

Rising conference

Southeastern: All four SEC entries swept into the Sweet 16 with victories yesterday, all by comfortable margins. Georgia won by seven points, Arkansas by nine, Mississippi State by 22 and Kentucky by 24.

Falling conference

Big Ten: With the elimination of Iowa State and Purdue yesterday, Iowa now is the only team left from the conference's five tournament entries. Today, the Hawkeyes face Arizona, the last of the four Pacific-10 teams entered.

By the numbers

For Georgia, forwards Carlos Strong and Shandon Anderson, guards Pertha Robinson and Katu Davis and center Terrell Bell all seniors have a combined 339 career starts. . . . Arkansas' freshman guard, 5-10 Kareem Reid, scored only six points, but had nine assists, three steals and turned the ball over only once.

. . . Note to Arkansas: Since the tournament expanded to a field of 64 in 1985, eight teams seeded 12th in their region have advanced to the regional semifinals, with none going on to the round of eight. They said it "I feel bad about the loss because after beating UCLA, what I don't like is the fact that in Los Angeles or at UCLA, they're thinking our game was a fluke." Princeton coach Pete Carril, after 63-41 loss to Mississippi State "We understand who we are and what we are. We're never going to get to the Final Four, we're never going to win a national championship." Drexel coach Bill Herrion, after 69-58 loss to Syracuse "I'm not sure we've experienced anything like that in my 10 years at Connecticut. We were down 13, the crowd was roaring and my kids came back, possession by possession. . . . I think we showed a lot of character." Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun

Looking ahead

New Mexico vs. Georgetown:

New Mexico went a long time without winning an NCAA ` tournament game 22 years before its first-round dispatching of Kansas State. What might seem longer, though, is watching the Lobos' guards trying to work their way through a maze of Georgetown defenders today. They'll try to get the ball into the capable hands of Kenny Thomas, one of the nation's best baseline scorers.

Pub Date: 3/17/96

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