NCAA highlights

Ncaa Tournament

March 19, 2000

Points

Matt Santangelo, Gonzaga ..........26

Stromile Swift, LSU ......................23

Lonny Baxter, Maryland ................22

Marcus Fizer, Iowa State .............22

Gilbert Arenas, Arizona ................21

Erick Barkley, St. John's ...............21

Mateen Cleaves, Mich. State ........21

Stevie Johnson, Iowa State ..........21

Nolan Johnson, Oklahoma ............20

Andre Hutson, Michigan State ......19

Ivan Wagner, Texas .......................19

Anthony Glover, St. John's ............18

Rebounds

Marcus Fizer, Iowa State ...............12

Andy Kowske, Wisconsin ................12

Lonny Baxter, Maryland ..................10

Nolan Johnson, Oklahoma ..............10

Chris Mihm, Texas ...........................10

Lavor Postell, St. John's .................10

Stromile Swift, LSU .........................10

Etan Thomas, Syracuse .................10

Assists

Earl Watson, UCLA .........................16

Carson Cunningham, Purdue ............7

Jamaal Tinsley, Iowa State ...............7

Big day for Big Ten

The Big Ten continued to put its stamp on this tournament, landing three teams in the Sweet 16 yesterday, most notably Wisconsin's ambush of West top seed Arizona. Michigan State, the Midwest Regional's top seed, was expected to get there, but Purdue, No. 6 in the West, pulled a mild surprise by ousting No. 3 Oklahoma. The conference could put two more teams in the round of 16 today if they can pull off a sweep of Sunshine State teams. Ohio State faces Miami and Illinois plays Florida. Of the six Big Ten teams that made the tournament, the only blemish was Indiana, a blowout loser to Pepperdine in the first round.

Home away from home

Speaking of Michigan State, the Spartans' road to the Final Four is looking pretty smooth now that they've made it to the regional semifinals. Their next two games will be played on the Detroit Pistons' home court in Auburn Hills, Mich., about 80 miles from the Spartans' East Lansing campus. Michigan State and floor leader Mateen Cleaves seemed to have enough support during its first two games in Cleveland. Late in yesterday's win over Utah, two banners appeared. One said: "Next stop, Auburn Hills." The other: "Cleavesland, Ohio."

Slow lane, fast lane

Kentucky and Syracuse combined for 46 first-half points in their game yesterday. It took Maryland and UCLA less than 12 minutes to surpass that total.

Conference scoreboard

The Big 12 and the Southeastern Conference took a hit yesterday, with each losing two teams. Meanwhile, the Big East finally lost a team when St. John's was bounced by Gonzaga. The records of conferences that received three or more bids:

Big Ten: ................8-1 ......................Pac-10: ...........4-2

Big East: ...............6-1 ......................ACC: ...............3-1

SEC: .....................6-3 .....................Atlantic 10: ......1-2

Big 12: ..................6-3 .....................Conf. USA: ......1-3

Quotable

"We were lucky. It was one of those games where no one could make a shot." -- Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim after his Orangemen defeated Kentucky, 52-50, despite shooting 32 percent from the field. Syracuse was also 4-for-21 on three-pointers. Kentucky shot 40 percent from the field.

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