NCAA highlights NCAA TOURNAMENT

March 13, 1998

Points

Elijah Allen, FDU .. .. .. .. .. .. ..43

Richard Hamilton, UConn .. .. .. .. ..30

Khalid El-Amin, UConnt .. .. .. .. ...30

DeMarco Johnson, UNCC .. .. .. .. .. .30

Derrick Dial, E. Michigan .. .. .. ...29

Michael Doleac, Utah .. .. .. .. .. ..27

Andrae Patterson, Indiana .. .. .. ...26

Marcus Saxon, Utah St. .. .. .. .. ...25

Miles Simon, Arizona .. .. .. .. .. ..24

Bobby Brannen, Cincinnati .. .. .. ...24

Jarod Stevenson, Richmond .. .. .. ...24

BJ McKie, S. Carolina .. .. .. .. .. .24

Rebounds

Kenyon Martin, Cincinnati .. .. .. ...15

Antawn Jamison, N. Carolina .. .. .. .14

DeMarco Johnson, UNCC .. .. .. .. .. .13

Kevin Simmons, UNLV .. .. .. .. .. ...12

Rodney Elliott, Maryland .. .. .. .. .11

Rashard Lee, Tennessee .. .. .. .. ...11

Assists

Sean Colson, UNCC .. .. .. .. .. .. ..13

Melvin Watson, S. Carolina .. .. .. ..10

Tony Harris, Tennessee .. .. .. .. .. .9

Sarunas Jasikevicius, Maryland .. .. ..7

Ed Cota, N. Carolina .. .. .. .. .. ...7

Biggest upset

Richmond, of course. The Spiders now have an all-time NCAA record of 6-5 -- this is the fourth time in the past 11 years they have won a game when seeded 13 or lower -- after the upset of No. 3 South Carolina.

+ The Spiders' web of upsets:

Yr. .. ..Sd. .. .. .. ..Upset

'84 .. ..12 .. .. .. ...beat (5) Auburn, 72-71

'88 .. ..13 .. .. .. ...beat (4) Indiana, 72-69

.. .. ...13 .. .. .. ...beat (5) Ga. Tech, 59-55

'91 .. ..15 .. .. .. ...beat (2) Syracuse, 73-69

'98 .. ..14 .. .. .. ...beat (3) S. Caro., 62-61

Biggest blowouts

Temple's matchup zone was no match for West Virginia. The Mountaineers scored the first nine points, had two other 11-0 runs and routed the Owls, 82-52.

Arizona, the defending national champ, played with a chip on its shoulder and destroyed No. 16 seed Nicholls State, 99-60.

Sloppy

Nebraska fumbled away a 10-point second-half lead and lost to Arkansas, 74-65, in a game that featured 43 combined turnovers.

Double-digit parity

It didn't take long for the double-digit seeds to make their mark on the tournament. The Nos. 10 and 11 seeds in the East, West Virginia and Washington, won in upsets. No. 2 seeds Cincinnati and Connecticut looked like anything but title contenders as they struggled to win. And the No. 14 Richmond Spiders continued their history of NCAA surprises by shocking third-seeded South Carolina.

Gang that wouldn't shoot

Only three Princeton players attempted shots in the first half against UNLV, hitting on 13 of 22 attempts.

They said it

"This tournament is so crazy, you never know. Your initial reaction is no, with their lack of size. They don't have a 6-9 power forward or the 6-7 small forward. But I would say yes. It drives a coach crazy trying to find a way to beat them. They have kids who can play, and [Carmody] is a heck of a coach."

-- UNLV coach Bill Bayno when asked if he thought Princeton could win the tournament.

"We're a good team. It's about time people started recognizing that."

D8 -- Richmond's Nick Patrick after the Spiders' upset.

"I thought they were horses and deer. I thought I was in the woods."

-- Nicholls State guard Russell McCutcheon discussing the athletic ability of Arizona's defending champions.

Pub Date: 3/13/98

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