Midwest Regional semifinals

March 20, 1998|By Jerry Bembry

At St. Louis

No. 2 seed Purdue (28-7) vs. No. 3 Stanford (28-4)

Time: 8: 05 p.m. today

TV: Updates on chs. 13, 9

Line: Purdue by 2 1/2

Conference records: Purdue finished third in the Big Ten with a 12-4 regular-season record. Stanford (15-3) was second in the Pac-10.

Coaches: Gene Keady is 394-167 in 18 years at Purdue, 432-186 in 20 seasons overall. Mike Montgomery is 233-131 in 12 seasons at Stanford, 387-208 in 20 seasons overall.

Starting lineups: Purdue: PG Alan Eldridge (7.3 ppg, 3.7 apg), G Chad Austin (17.1 ppg, 3.8 apg), C Brad Miller (17.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg), F Brian Cardinal (12.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg), F Mike Robinson (11.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg). Stanford: PG Arthur Lee (13.8 ppg, 4.6 apg), G Kris Weems (13.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg), C Tim Young (11.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg), F Mark Madsen (11.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg), F Peter Sauer (9.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg).

Bench strength: Purdue: G Jaraan Cornell (13.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg), F Gary McQuay (6.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg). Stanford: G Ryan Mendez (5.7 ppg, .488 from three-point range), F/G David Moseley (6.0 ppg).

Key matchup: The battle of the 6-8 power forwards, Brian Cardinal of Stanford and Mark Madsen of Purdue. Madsen -- statistically -- is a better rebounder. A lot will depend on the officials.

What Purdue needs to do to win: Get a big defensive performance from Austin, who might at times be asked to shadow Lee, Stanford's offensive catalyst. Austin limited Detroit guard Derrick Hayes to two points.

What Stanford needs to do to win: Get big games from Young and Madsen. The two were strong in rolling through two first-round games, but it will be interesting to see how they fare against players the same size.

Bottom line: This is perhaps the best regional semifinal, with two evenly matched teams. Look for the Stanford front line to come up big as the Cardinal advances to Sunday's regional final.

N No. 13 seed Valparaiso (23-9) vs. No. 8 Rhode Island (24-8)

Time: 10: 25 p.m. today

TV: Updates on chs. 13, 9

Line: Rhode Island by 8

Conference records: Valparaiso was first in the Mid-Continent Conference with a 13-3 record and won its postseason tournament; Rhode Island was second in the Atlantic 10 with a 12-4 record.

Coaches: Homer Drew is 108-43 in four years at Valparaiso, 413-268 overall. Jim Harrick is 24-8 in one year at Rhode Island, 382-168 overall.

Starting lineups: Valparaiso: PG Jamie Sykes (8.6 ppg, 3.2 apg), G Bryce Drew (19.8 ppg, 5.0 apg), C Tony Vilcinskas (8.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg), F Bill Jenkins (9.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg), F Zoran Viskovic (13.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg). Rhode Island: PG Tyson Wheeler (14.8, 6.0 apg), G Cuttino Mobley (17.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg), C Luther Clay (9.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg), F Joshua King (8.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg), F Antonio Reynolds-Dean (11.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg).

Bench strength: Valparaiso: F Bob Jenkins (5.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg), G Jared Nuness (6.0 ppg). Rhode Island: G Preston Murphy (8.9 ppg), C David Arigbabu (4.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg).

Key matchup: Rhode Island's Mobley vs. Valparaiso's Drew. It will be up to Mobley to fight through the intricate screens for Drew.

What Valparaiso needs to do to win: It needs a big game from its front line, particularly the "V-Towers" of 7-foot center Vilcinskas and 6-11 forward Viskovic.

What Rhode Island needs to do to win: Slow the backcourt of Drew and Sykes. The Rhode Island backcourt of Mobley and Wheeler dominated play in the Kansas upset.

Bottom line: Valparaiso has played to the wire in two straight games, and this one should be no exception. What makes both teams so effective is their experience: Rhode Island starts three seniors, while Valparaiso starts five. Chances are this game will be decided by its reserves, where Valparaiso has a slight edge.

Pub Date: 3/20/98

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