NCAA highlights

Ncaa Tournament

March 20, 2000

Points

Cory Bradford, Illinois 27

Mark Karcher, Temple 27

Ty Shine, Seton Hall 26

Johnny Hemsley, Miami 24

Shane Battier, Duke 21

Fredrik Jonzen, Okla. State 21

Elton Tyler, Miami 20

Rebounds

Darius Lane, Seton Hall 14

Carlos Boozer, Duke 13

Mario Bland, Miami 11

Mike Miller, Florida 9

Fredrik Jonzen, Oklahoma State 9

Jake Voskuhl, Connecticut 9

Jason Williams, Duke 9

Assists

Tezale Archie, Pepperdine 14

Ed Cota, North Carolina 10

Doug Gottlieb, Oklahoma State 9

Oh, thank heaven

After Shaheen Holloway went out an ankle injury, Ty Shine replaced him in the Seton Hall backcourt and shot 7-for-11 on three-point attempts in the Pirates' 67-65 upset of Temple. The Pirates were 15-for-30 on three-pointers in their two East Regional games. Florida received a similar three-point spark from a reserve guard: Freshman Brett Nelson was 4-for-6 on threes in the Gators' 93-76 victory.

Board control?

He who controls the rebounds controls the game, basketball experts would tell you. Then again, ask the experts about yesterday's Tennessee-Connecticut game. The Huskies out-rebounded the Volunteers, 37-26, but Tennessee knocked out defending champion UConn, 65-51. Part of the difference? The 15 turnovers committed by the Huskies, helped along by seven Tennessee steals -- and undoubtedly aided by the limited minutes for injured UConn point guard Khalid El-Amin.

More contrary numbers

Ask those same experts about a team's chances of winning when it turns over the ball 23 times and shoots 37 percent from the field. No way, right? To the contrary, it was Duke's way in a 69-64 victory over Kansas. "We forced a lot of mistakes on them, and they forced us to make a lot of mistakes. It wasn't like mindless turnovers," Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said. Then again, Duke won the rebounding battle, 44-41. So that would make the experts happy.

Conference scoreboard

Maybe the Atlantic Coast Conference hasn't exactly redeemed itself for what conventional wisdom has termed a down season for the conference, but, with victories by Duke and North Carolina yesterday, the ACC has put two of its three teams into the Sweet 16. The Big East, Big Ten and Southeastern Conference each have three still playing. However, the ACC has the best record among conferences that received three or more bids:

ACC: 5-1 Big 12: 7-4

Big East: 8-2 Pac-10: 4-3

Big Ten: 8-2 Atlantic 10: 1-3

SEC: 8-3 Conf. USA: 1-4

Quotable

"Everybody knows about Pepperdine now. When we first got here, there wasn't but two Pepperdine fans -- our athletic director and his wife. By the end, half the building was chanting for us."

-- Pepperdine guard Tezale Archie

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