Tonight's games

March 21, 1997

East Regional

At Syracuse, N.Y.

No. 6 Louisville (25-8)

vs. No. 10 Texas (18-11)

Time: 7: 39

TV: None

Line: Louisville by 1

Scoring leaders:

Louisville -- DeJuan Wheat 18.1; Alvin Sims 10.8; Nate Johnson 10.2.

Texas -- Reggie Freeman 22.3; Kris Clack 12.8; Brandy Perryman 9.4.

Rebounding leaders:

Louisville -- Alvin Sims 5.8; Alex Sanders 5.8; Damion Dantzler 5.4.

Texas -- Reggie Freeman 7.6; Kris Clack 6.2; Sheldon Quarles 5.0.

Assists leaders:

Louisville -- DeJuan Wheat 4.1; Alvin Sims 2.8.

Texas -- Reggie Freeman 4.1; Brandy Perryman 2.3.

Outlook: A rematch of mid-January game at Texas, won by Louisville, 85-78, in overtime. These are two Sweet 16 surprises, with each team depending heavily on its senior star. The Longhorns follow the lead of Freeman (34 points, eight rebounds, seven assists in first meeting), while point guard Wheat is the Cardinals' main man.

No. 1 N. Carolina (26-6)

vs. No. 5 California (23-8)

Time: 10: 09 approximately

TV: Chs. 13, 9

Line: North Carolina by 10

Scoring leaders:

North Carolina -- Antawn Jamison 19.2; Shammond Williams 14.3; Vince Carter 12.6.

L California -- Ed Gray 24.8; Randy Duck 12.2; Sean Marks 7.9.

Rebounding leaders:

North Carolina -- Antawn Jamison 9.5; Serge Zwikker 8.1.

California -- Alfred Grigsby 6.0; Sean Marks 5.0; Michael Stewart 4.9.

Assists leaders:

North Carolina -- Ed Cota 6.9; Shammond Williams 4.4.

California -- Prentice McGruder 6.3; Anwar McQueen 2.7.

Outlook: Expect a physical encounter. Since losing leadin scorer Ed Gray with a broken foot, California has relied on rebounding and the sudden emergence of basketball/football player Tony Gonzalez. The Tar Heels can offset the Golden Bears' physical front with the 6-9 Jamison, 6-9 Ademola Okulaja and 7-3 Zwikker. UNC has been on a roll since early January; no reason it should stop here.

Southeast Regional

At Birmingham, Ala.

No. 1 Kansas (26-6)

vs. No. 4 Arizona (23-8)

Time: 7: 55

TV: Chs. 13, 9

Line: Kansas by 10 1/2

Scoring leaders:

Kansas -- Raef LaFrentz 18.6; Paul Pierce 16.0; Jerod Haase 12.3.

Arizona -- Michael Dickerson 20.1; Miles Simon 17.0; Mike Bibby 12.7; Jason Terry 11.1.

Rebounding leaders:

Kansas -- Raef LaFrentz 9.3; Scot Pollard 8.4; Paul Pierce 6.6.

Arizona -- A.J. Bramlett 6.4; Ben nett Davison 6.3; Donnel Harris ,, 6.0.

Assists leaders:

Kansas -- Jacque Vaughn 6.2; Jerod Haase 3.1; Ryan Robertson 2.8.

L Arizona -- Mike Bibby 5.4; Jason Terry 4.5; Miles Simon 4.5.

Outlook: A rematch of last year's Sweet 16 matchup, won by Kansas, 83-80. This year's game will be decided up front. The Wildcats have been perimeter-oriented all season and must find a way to counter a Kansas front line that has dominated on the boards in the tournament.

No. 10 Providence (23-11)

vs. No. 14 Tenn.-Chattanooga (24-10)

Time: 10: 25 approximately

TV: None

Line: Providence by 8

Scoring leaders:

Providence -- Austin Croshere 18.0; Derrick Brown 17.6; Jamel Thomas 13.8.

Tennessee-Chattanooga -- Johnny Taylor 16.4; Willie Young 14.2; Chris Mims 10.7.

Rebounding leaders:

Providence -- Austin Croshere 7.7; Ruben Graces 7.4; Derrick Brown 6.1.

Tennessee-Chattanooga -- Chris Mims 7.4; Johnny Taylor 7.2.

Assists leaders:

Providence -- God Shammgod 6.7; Corey Wright 2.8.

Tennessee-Chattanooga -- Wes Moore 3.8; Willie Young 3.6.

Outlook: At about 12: 25 a.m., midnight will strike for one of these two Cinderella teams. The Friars played their game of the year in upsetting No. 2 Duke in the second round and the Mocs have knocked off No. 3 Georgia and No. 6 Illinois. The key to Providence's run has been unselfish play.

Pub Date: 3/21/97

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