East Regional semifinals

March 19, 1999|By Jerry Bembry

East Regional semifinals

At East Rutherford, N.J.

No. 1 Duke (34-1) vs. No. 12 SW Missouri St. (22-10)

Time: 7: 38 tonight

TV: Chs. 13, 9

Line: Duke by 28

Conference records: Duke won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title with an unprecedented 16-0 record, followed by an ACC tournament championship. Southwest Missouri State finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference with an 11-7 record.

Coaches: Duke's Mike Krzyzewski is 466-154 in his 19th year at Duke, and 539-213 in his 23rd year overall. Steve Alford is 78-47 in his fourth year at Southwest Missouri State, and 156-76 in his eighth year overall.

Starting lineups: Duke: PG William Avery (15.1 ppg, 5.3 apg), G Trajan Langdon (17.0 ppg), C Elton Brand (17.8 ppg, 9.7 rpg), F Chris Carrawell (9.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg), F Shane Battier (9.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg). Southwest Missouri State: PG William Fontleroy (10.9 ppg, 4.1 apg), G Kevin Ault (11.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg), C Danny Moore (16.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.5 bpg), F Ron Bruton (5.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg), F Ken Stringer (5.8 ppg).

Bench strength: The Blue Devils go about nine deep, with freshman forward Corey Maggette averaging double figures (10.9 ppg) off the bench. Chris Burgess usually spells Brand at center, with other bench help coming from G Nate James and F/C Taymon Domzalski. Alford likes to go mostly with his starters, with G Brandon Miller, G Ryan Bettenhausen, G/F Allen Phillips and F Scott Brakebill get the minutes off the bench.

Key matchup: Brand vs. Moore. Brand is only averaging 17.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in the tournament because Duke has blown out its first two opponents. He's shooting 61.1 percent from the field and has dominated the inside. Moore, at 6 feet 11, is a big-time scorer who had 25 points in the blowout win over Tennes- see. He also demonstrated an outside touch in that game, hitting both of his three-point attempts. He might play away from the basket in an attempt to pull Brand outside.

What Duke has to do to win: Maintain its offensive balance (six players average better than nine points a game) and use their advantage on the front line.

What Southwest Missouri State has to do to win: Continue to play a stifling defense that held Wisconsin to 32 points in the first round and Tennessee to 51 in the second round. The two NCAA opponents combined to shoot 27.7 percent against Southwest Missori State.

Bottom line: Southwest Missouri State hasn't just gotten by in first- and second-round games -- the team has dominated defensively. Look for the Bears to give Duke its most competitive game yet in the tournament -- but the Blue Devils will prevail.

No. 6 Temple (23-10) vs. No. 10 Purdue (21-12)

Time: 9: 55 tonight

TV: Updates on chs. 13, 9

Line: Temple by 4 1/2

Conference records: Temple finished first in the East Division of the Atlantic 10 with a 13-3 record and lost to Rhode Island in the title game of the A-10 tournament. Purdue finished seventh in the Big Ten with a 7-9 record. The Boilermakers were one of two teams with losing conference records to make the NCAA tournament (Florida A&M was the other).

Coaches: John Chaney is 379-159 in 17 years at Temple, and 604-218 in 27 years overall. Gene Keady is 415-180 in 19 seasons at Purdue, and 453-199 in 21 seasons overall.

Starting lineups: Temple: PG Pepe Sanchez (7.9 ppg, 5.8 apg), G Rasheed Brokenborough (11.7 ppg), C Kevin Lyde (7.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg), F Lamont Barnes (12.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg), F Mark Karcher (13.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg). Purdue: G Alan Eldridge (6.8 ppg, 2.3 apg), G Tony Mayfield (2.6 ppg, 1.9 apg), C Greg McQuay (10.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg), F Jaraan Cornell (15.2 ppg), F Brian Cardinal (11.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg).

Bench strength: If all is going right for Temple, Chaney will use just two players off the bench: G Quincy Wadley (9.5 ppg), and F Keaton Sanders (2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg). Wadley played through a severely sprained left hand to have big first- and second-round games. Purdue generally used eight or nine players, led off the bench by F Mike Robinson (7.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg).

Key matchup: Sanchez vs. Eldridge. In beating No. 2 seed Miami, Eldridge played solid defense against Miami guard Johnny Hemsley (Southern-Baltimore). While Sanchez is not much of a scorer, he's a mistake-free guard who is instrumental in getting Temple's offense going.

What Temple has to do to win: Get a big game from Karcher (St. Frances), the team's leading scorer who has scored just 11 points in two tournament games. Also keep a body on Purdue's Cardinal, who is constantly knocking opponents around.

What Purdue has to do win: Continue to have balance offensively. Cornell's scoring went from 18 points in the first round to just four in the second round, but his teammates picked up the slack offensively.

Bottom line: This game features two teams that mirror each other -- both are physical, and both are capable of dominating defensively. Look for the Owls to have the edge and to advance to Sunday's regional final.

Pub Date: 3/19/99

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