NCAA highlights

March 14, 1998

Points

Rashod Johnson, W. Michigan 32

Lee Nailon, TCU 32

Saddi Washington, W. Michigan 24

Roderick Blakney, S.C. State 23

Adrian Peterson, Okla. State 23

Rebounds

Mark Madsen, Stanford 17

Tyrone Weeks, UMass. 16

Corey Louis, Fla. State 13

Desmond Mason, Okla. State 13

Isaac Spencer, Murray St. 12

Assists

Roderick Blakney, S.C. State 10

Kerry Thompson, Fla. State 9

Chad Austin, Purdue 9

Bryce Drew, Valparaiso 8

Jeff Rogers, Butler 8

Biggest upset

Take your pick: either No. 13 Valparaiso or No. 11 Western Michigan. By seeding, No. 13 Valparaiso's upset at the buzzer of No. 4 seed Mississippi was the biggest. But, both teams were making only their third tournament appearance in school history and neither school had won a game. No. 11 Western Michigan was making its first appearance since 1976, has a weak inside game, and ousted sixth-seeded and ACC power Clemson. Double-digit seeds now have seven victories in the tournament.

Conference scoreboard

The Big Ten, Big East, Conference USA and Pacific-10 are the early leaders after two days of action. Records for conferences that received three or more bids:

Big Ten 5-0

WAC 2-2

Big East 3-2

SEC 2-3

Pac- 10 4-0

Big 12 2-2

Conf. USA 3-0

Atlantic 10 1-4

ACC 4-1

Midw. Coll. 1-2

Deep-sixed

In recent years, the No. 5 vs. No. 12 opening-round matchup has been trouble for the higher seed. This year, it's No. 6 vs. No. 11. Western Michigan's upset of Clemson gave the No. 11 seeds a 3-0 record. How the No. 11 seed has fared against No. 6 in the 1990s:

1990 1-3 1993 1-3 1996 1-3

1991 2-2 1994 1-3 1997 0-4

1992 0-4 1995 1-3 1998 3-0

Total: 10-25

South Carolina: 4 in, 4 out

Losses yesterday by Clemson, College of Charleston and South Carolina State combined with Thursday's loss by South Carolina means the state went 0-for-4.

Off the mark

The starting five of Massachusetts shot the Minutemen out of the tourney, combining for 11-for-48 shooting (22.9 percent) in the loss to Saint Louis. As a team, Massachusetts shot 17 of 58 (29.3 percent) and was 0-for-11 from three-point range. Delaware fell behind Purdue, 18-0, in a first half that saw the Blue Hens shoot 21 percent (7 of 33). Murray State shot 27 percent in the first half in falling behind Rhode Island, 44-24.

He said it

"It was a good shot. I let it go good, but once I let it go I was thinking 'dang, I wish I could get that shot back.' But it was a good shot."

St. John's Felipe Lopez on his last-second miss in a 66-64 loss to Detroit.

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