Tonight's games

March 20, 1997

Midwest Regional

At San Antonio

No. 1 Minnesota (29-3) vs. No. 4 Clemson (23-9)

Time: 7: 55 p.m.

TV: Chs. 13, 9

Line: Minnesota by 5 1/2

Scoring leaders:

Clemson -- Greg Buckner 15.4; Terrell McIntyre 13.3; Merl Code 11.0.

Minnesota -- Bobby Jackson 14.3; Sam Jacobson 13.3; Eric Harris 11.7.

Rebounding leaders:

Clemson -- Harold Jamison 5.7; Tom Wideman 4.6; Greg Buckner 4.6.

Minnesota -- Courtney James 7.3; John Thomas 6.3; Bobby Jackson 5.9; Sam Jacobson 4.7.

Assists leaders:

Clemson -- Terrell McIntyre 4.4; Iker Iturbe 2.1; Greg Buckner 1.9.

Minnesota -- Bobby Jackson 4.1; Eric Harris 3.9.

Outlook: Clemson likes to keep the game low-scoring and ugly. Minnesota can win with offense (78.2 points and 48.1 percent shooting) and defense (62.0 points and 38.3 percent shooting). The Tigers can't shoot 32.0 percent from the field and expect to win as they did in the second round.

No. 2 UCLA (23-7) vs. No. 6 Iowa State (22-8)

Time: 10: 25 p.m. approx.

TV: None

Line: UCLA by 6

Scoring leaders:

UCLA -- Charles O'Bannon 17.6; J. R. Henderson 14.4; Toby Bailey 13.9; Jelani McCoy 11.4.

Iowa State -- Dedric Willoughby 18.3; Kenny Pratt 14.7; Kelvin Cato 10.4.

Rebounding leaders:

UCLA -- Charles O'Bannon 7.1; J. R. Henderson 6.8; Jelani McCoy 6.6; Toby Bailey 5.5.

Iowa State -- Kelvin Cato 8.4; Kenny Pratt 6.1; Klay Edwards 4.6.

Assists leaders:

UCLA -- Toby Bailey 4.9; Cameron Dollar 4.3; Charles O'Bannon 2.5.

Iowa State -- Jacy Holloway 5.9; Shawn Bankhead 2.3.

Outlook: A battle of tempo. UCLA -- winner of 11 in a row -- loves to run with an extremely athletic starting five that has combined to shoot 54.8 percent from the field (726 of 1,326). Iowa State loves to milk the shot clock and keep the game in the 60s.

West Regional

At San Jose, Calif.

No. 2 Utah (28-3) vs. No. 6 Stanford (22-7)

Time: 7: 40 p.m.

TV: None

Line: Utah by 2 1/2

Scoring leaders:

Utah -- Keith Van Horn 22.2; Michael Doleac 14.4; Andre Miller 9.5.

Stanford -- Brevin Knight 15.9; Tim Young 13.8; Kris Weems 11.9.

Rebounding leaders:

Utah -- Keith Van Horn 9.4; Michael Doleac 7.8; Andre Miller 4.6.

Stanford -- Tim Young 8.2; Mark Madsen 5.0; Peter Sauer 4.6.

Assists leaders:

Utah -- Andre Miller 6.3; Ben Caton 2.6.

Stanford -- Brevin Knight 7.8; Arthur Lee 1.8; Kris Weems 1.7.

Outlook: Stanford had enough big bodies to take out Tim Duncan. Now, the Cardinal has to solve the country's second-best senior, Utah's Van Horn. The Utes have run off 13 in a row and Van Horn gets help from center Doleac and point guard Miller. The game could hinge on the battle between Miller and Stanford's Knight.

No. 1 Kentucky (32-4) vs. No. 4 St. Joseph's (26-6)

Time: 10: 10 p.m. approx.

TV: Chs. 13, 9

Line: Kentucky by 15

Scoring leaders:

Kentucky -- Derek Anderson 18.6; Ron Mercer 18.1; Scott Padgett 9.3.

St. Joseph's -- Arthur Davis 14.7; Rashid Bey 14.7; Terrell Myers 12.2.

Rebounding leaders:

Kentucky -- Jared Prickett 5.9; Nazr Mohammed 5.8; Scott Padgett 5.5; Ron Mercer 5.3.

St. Joseph's -- Nemanja Petrovic 5.3; Dmitri Domani 4.3; Arthur Davis 4.2; Harold Rasul 4.2.

Assists leaders:

Kentucky -- Anthony Epps 4.9; Derek Anderson 3.7.

St. Joseph's -- Rashid Bey 4.6; Dmitri Domani 3.0.

Outlook: Kentucky's Rick Pitino -- one of the first coaches to take advantage of the three-point shot -- faces a St. Joseph's team that set an NCAA tournament record with 43 three-point attempts in a second-round win over Boston College. The Wildcats have too much talent at too many postions, even without injured star guard Derek Anderson and injured guard Allen Edwards.

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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