East 1. Duke (27-4) Location, conference: Durham...

March 13, 2000


1. Duke (27-4)

Location, conference: Durham, N.C., Atlantic Coast.

Conference finish: First, won conference tournament.

Tournament record: 65-21, 23 years.

Coach: Mike Krzyzewski.

Last 10: 9-1.

Top scorers: Shane Battier 17.7; Chris Carrawell 17.5; Jason Williams 14.4; Carlos Boozer 12.7; Nate James 11.0; Mike Dunleavy 10.0.

Top rebounders: Chris Carrawell 6.1; Carlos Boozer 6.1; Shane Battier 5.5; Nate James 4.3; Mike Dunleavy 4.2.

Scouting report: A key for the Blue Devils will be whether Dunleavy will be at full strength for the tournament. He sat out the latter part of the season with mononucleosis. Carrawell, arguably the top all-around player in the nation, and Battier bring plenty of tournament experience to a team that has relied on young talent.

2. Temple (26-5)

Location, conference: Philadelphia, Atlantic 10.

Conference finish: First in East Division; won conference tournament.

Tournament record: 27-23, 23 years.

Coach: John Chaney.

Last 10: 9-1.

Top scorers: Mark Karcher 15.4; Quincy Wadley 12.7; Lynn Greer 12.3; Lamont Barnes 9.1.

Top rebounders: Kevin Lyde 7.7; Pepe Sanchez 5.6; Lamont Barnes 5.0; Mark Karcher 4.5; Quincy Wadley 4.0.

Scouting report: Sanchez, the A-10's Player of the Year, is the key to the team, controlling the game at both ends. The keys to beating Temple: quick ball movement, hot three-point shooting and aggressiveness to match the Owls.

3. Oklahoma State (24-6)

Location, conference: Stillwater, Okla., Big 12.

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

Tournament record: 27-15, 16 years.

Coach: Eddie Sutton.

Last 10: 6-4.

Top scorers: Desmond Mason 18.0; Brian Montonati 12.2; Glendon Alexander 12.0; Joe Adkins 11.0.

Top rebounders: Brian Montonati 7.4; Desmond Mason 6.8; Fredrik Jonzen 6.8; Andre Williams 4.0.

Scouting report: When Mason leads the Cowboys in scoring, the team is 25-3. Seven seniors see regular playing time. Oklahoma State averages seven more assists a game than its opponents and four more rebounds.

4. Illinois (21-9)

Location, conference: Champaign, Ill., Big Ten.

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

Tournament record: 23-20, 19 years.

Coach: Lon Kruger.

Last 10: 8-2.

Top scorers: Cory Bradford 15.5; Frank Williams 11.3; Marcus Griffin 10.9; Brian Cook 9.6.

Top rebounders: Marcus Griffin 5.0; Brian Cook 4.6; Damir Krupalija 4.0.

Scouting report: Starting lineup includes two freshmen and two sophomores. Bradford led the Big Ten with 84 three-point baskets in the regular season. Cook was named the conference's Co-Freshman of the Year. Kruger took Florida to the Final Four in 1994.

5. Florida (24-7)

Location, conference: Gainesville, Fla., Southeastern.

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

Tournament record: 9-6, 6 years.

Coach: Billy Donovan.

Last 10: 7-3.

Top scorers: Mike Miller 14.3; Udonis Haslem 11.3; Donnell Harvey 10.7; Kenyan Weaks 10.6.

Top rebounders: Donnell Harvey 7.2; Mike Miller 6.4; Udonis Haslem 5.3; Brent Wright 4.3.

Scouting report: Florida employs all-court pressure on defense while allowing his players the freedom to launch three-pointers. The Gators average more than 20 three-point attempts a game.

6. Indiana (20-8)

Location, conference: Bloomington, Ind., Big Ten.

Conference finish: Fifth; lost in quarterfinals of conference tournament.

Tournament record: 52-23, 28 years.

Coach: Bob Knight.

Last 10: 5-5.

Top scorers: A.J. Guyton 20.3; Kirk Haston 15.8; Michael Lewis 10.5.

Top rebounders: Kirk Haston 8.6; Lynn Washington 4.8; Michael Lewis 3.9.

Scouting report: The Hoosiers were at or near the top in almost every Big Ten shooting category this season. Indiana had regular-season wins over Temple, Kentucky and Michigan State.

7. Oregon (22-7)

Location, conference: Eugene, Ore., Pac-10.

Conference finish: Third.

Tournament record: 6-4, 5 years.

Coach: Ernie Kent.

Last 10: 6-4.

Top scorers: Alex Scales 16.3; A. D. Smith 15.3; Darius Wright 9.9; Frederick Jones 9.8.

Top rebounders: A. D. Smith 5.8; Alex Scales 4.2; Frederick Jones 3.8.

Scouting report: Scales, Smith and Wright have accounted for 54 percent of Oregon's points. Wright shot 85.2 percent and Smith 82.7 percent from the foul line. Oregon was 12-4 in games decided by seven points or fewer.

8. Kansas (23-9)

Location, conference: Lawrence, Kan., Big 12.

Conference finish: Fifth; lost in quarterfinals of conference tournament.

Tournament record: 58-28, 28 years.

Coach: Roy Williams.

Last 10: 6-4.

Top scorers: Kenny Gregory 12.7; Drew Gooden 10.9; Nick Collison 10.5; Jeff Boschee 10.1.

Top rebounders: Drew Gooden 7.6; Nick Collison 6.9; Eric Chenowith 5.8; Nick Bradford 4.8.

Scouting report: With three freshmen in the starting lineup, lack of experience has been a concern for the Jayhawks. The Jayhawks were 21-0 in the regular season when scoring 71 points or more.

9. DePaul (21-11)

Location, conference: Chicago, Conference USA.

Conference finish: Third in American Division; lost in final of conference tournament.

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