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March 13, 2000


1. Stanford (26-3)

Location, conference: Stanford, Calif.; Pac-10.

Conference finish: Tied for first.

Tournament record: 12-7, eight years.

Coach: Mike Montgomery.

Last 10: 8-2.

Top scorers: Casey Jacobsen 14.7; David Moseley 12.9; Mark Madsen 12.5.

Top rebounders: Mark Madsen 9.2; Jarron Collins 6.5; Jason Collins 6.2.

Scouting report: Through Wednesday, Stanford's defense was allowing 34.8 percent shooting, best in Division I-A. Madsen is one of the only holdovers from Stanford's 1997 Final Four appearance.

2. Cincinnati (28-3)

Location, conference: Cincinnati, Conference USA

Conference finish: First in American Division; lost in quarterfinals of conference tournament.

Tournament record: 34-17, 18 years.

Coach: Bob Huggins.

Last 10: 8-2.

Top scorers: x-Kenyon Martin 18.9; Pete Mickeal 13.4; DerMarr Johnson 12.8; Steve Logan 10.0. x-injured.

Top rebounders: x-Kenyon Martin 9.7; Pete Mickeal 6.2. x-injured.

Scouting report: No team has ever won the NCAA title with the national Player of the Year in the lineup. That's the only solace for Cincinnati, which lost Martin, its star and the front-runner for the Naismith Award, in its conference tournament opener with a broken leg. Now the team rests with Mickeal.

3. Ohio State (22-6)

Location, conference: Columbus, Ohio; Big Ten.

Conference finish: Tied for first; lost in quarterfinals of conference tournament.

Tournament record: 35-18, 19 years.

Coach: Jim O'Brien.

Last 10: 7-3.

Top scorers: Michael Redd 17.3; Scoonie Penn 15.2; George Reese 13.0.

Top rebounders: Michael Redd 6.6; Ken Johnson 6.3; George Reese 5.9.

Scouting report: After starting its season with a 59-57 loss to Notre Dame, the Buckeyes steadied themselves and captured a share of the Big Ten title -- their first since 1992. Penn is a quality scorer and playmaker, and he seems destined to be a first-round NBA pick.

4. Tennessee (24-6)

Location, conference: Knoxville, Tenn.; Southeastern

Conference finish: Tied for first in East Division; lost in quarterfinals of conference tournament.

Tournament record: 6-12, 11 years.

Coach: Jerry Green.

Last 10: 6-4.

Top scorers: Vincent Yarbrough 15.0; Tony Harris 14.8; Isaiah Victor 10.1.

Top rebounders: Vincent Yarbrough 7.2; Isiah Victor 6.3; C.J. Black 5.5.

Scouting report: The Volunteers are more experienced and have more firepower than the team that was embarrassed by Southwest Missouri State, 81-51, in the second round of last year's NCAA tournament. Yarbrough, perhaps the Vols' most heralded recruit, is an excellent defender.

5. Connecticut (24-9)

Location, conference: Storrs, Conn.; Big East

Conference finish: Tied for fourth; lost in final of conference tournament.

Tournament record: 26-21, 21 years.

Coach: Jim Calhoun.

Last 10: 7-3.

Top scorers: Khalid El-Amin 16.5; Albert Mouring 13.9; Kevin Freeman 11.2.

Top rebounders: Jake Voskuhl 6.4; Kevin Freeman 5.9; Edmund Saunders 4.8.

Scouting report: With the loss of their best offensive and defensive players -- Richard Hamilton and Ricky Moore -- the defending NCAA champ Huskies have struggled to find consistency this season. Still, they defeated Duke, Arizona, Texas and Syracuse, all ranked teams. El-Amin is the team's floor leader.

6. Miami (21-10)

Location, conference: Miami, Big East.

Conference finish: Tied for first; lost in semifinals of conference tournament.

Tournament record: 1-3, 3 years.

Coach: Leonard Hamilton.

Last 10: 8-2.

Top scorers: Johnny Hemsley 18.0; Mario Bland 12.7; Elton Tyler 10.1.

Top rebounders: Mario Bland 6.8; Elton Tyler 5.4; John Salmons 5.4.

Scouting report: The Hurricanes closed the regular season as one of the Big East's hottest teams, finishing with six consecutive conference wins on the road. Hemsley has been in Hamilton's doghouse at times this season, missing four games because of a suspension, but he is one of the more dangerous scorers in the Big East.

7. Tulsa (29-4)

Location, conference: Tulsa, Okla.; Western Athletic.

Conference finish: First; lost in final of conference tournament.

Tournament record: 7-11, 11 years.

Coach: Bill Self.

Last 10: 8-2.

Top scorers: David Shelton 13.8; Brandon Kurtz 11.5; Marcus Hill 11.3; Eric Coley 11.3; Greg Harrington 10.9.

Top rebounders: Brandon Kurtz 6.9; Eric Coley 6.3; David Shelton 4.5.

Scouting report: All five starters average between 10.1 and 11.4 points per game, but the team's leading scorer, Shelton, comes off the bench. Shelton, a tenacious rebounder, has nearly as many offensive rebounds (60) as defensive (63). Tulsa's three regular-season losses came by a total of four points.

8. North Carolina (18-13)

Location, conference: Chapel Hill, N.C.; Atlantic Coast

Conference finish: Tied for third; lost in quarterfinals of conference tournament.

Tournament record: 76-33, 33 years.

Coach: Bill Guthridge.

Last 10: 5-5.

Top scorers: Joseph Forte 16.3; Brendan Haywood 13.2; Jason Capel 12.8; Ed Cota 10.5.

Top rebounders: Brendan Haywood 7.1; Jason Capel 6.7; Joseph Forte 5.4.

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