Lombardi trophy, of a kind, at stake in Keady-Bennett battle

Late Packer is their hero

Big Ten pride survives


March 25, 2000|By Don Markus and Jamison Hensley | Don Markus and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

Both Wisconsin's Dick Bennett and Purdue's Gene Keady have been influenced in their own coaching styles by legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Bennett was a fan of the Packers growing up and later coaching near Green Bay. Keady is a former professional player with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Asked earlier this week about how football has affected the way he has coached, Bennett said: "We call our screeners blockers. Coaching in and around Green Bay, I had to use football terms to get anybody to listen.

"I was influenced by a famous football coach because I watched his practices and went to every game during the Lombardi years. His method of teaching was repetition, do a few things but do them well. How can one not be influenced if one was living right down the road?"

Keady, who played with the Steelers in the late 1950s, said he used Lombardi's methods in coaching high school football and teaching gym class in the early part of his career.

"In those days, football coaches were more organized than basketball coaches," Keady said yesterday. "I picked up a lot from my coaches. I used to show Vince Lombardi films in my health class."

Big Ten is a big deal

This marks the first time since 1992 that teams from the same conference will meet in the regional final. It is also the first time since 1992 that three teams from the same conference made the Elite Eight. In that case, it was also the Big Ten. Michigan beat Ohio State in the Southeast Regional in Lexington, Ky., and Indiana defeated UCLA at The Pit in Albuquerque.

"We take a lot of pride [in the Big Ten]," said Wisconsin guard Jon Bryant. "When Purdue was coming off the court last night, we were congratulating them, and they were wishing us good luck. I think both of us wanted to meet each other in this game. Having three teams in the Elite Eight is a tribute to the Big Ten and the kind of basketball we play."

Taking turns taking sides

Iowa State realizes the importance of a home crowd.

The Cyclones had the most overwhelming support of the eight teams in Minneapolis last week, but will get a different perspective tonight. Over three-quarters of the 21,000 fans at the Palace of Auburn Hills are expected to be backing Michigan State. The Spartans' home of East Lansing is just an hour drive to the northern Detroit suburb.

"I think it's fair," Iowa State shooting guard Michael Nurse said. "We had something close to that in Minneapolis and now we get a taste of our own medicine, I guess. We have played road games before and we can take the opponent's crowd out of the game."

Distributing 9.5 points of excess space through leg.

Holloway sits out again

Sidelined by a sore ankle, Seton Hall senior point guard Shaheen Holloway was on the bench last night as the Pirates took on Oklahoma State in an East Regional semifinal.

Holloway, an All-Big East Conference second-team selection who sprained his left ankle early against Temple in a second-round game, was replaced by backup Ty Shine.

Shine, a sophomore, scored a career-high 26 points, shooting 7-for-11 from three-point range in Seton Hall's upset of second-seeded Temple. It was Shine's first start of the season and eighth of his career.

Holloway said he had been undergoing about 15 hours of therapy daily to get ready for the Oklahoma State game. Thursday was his first day walking without crutches. Although Holloway said he had increased lateral movement, he did not take part in Thursday's 50-minute practice.

He did not come out for the start of his team's pre-game warm-ups last night, emerging from the locker room about 15 minutes later wearing a sweat suit with his injured foot in a cushioned boot. Holloway sat slumped in his chair, chin in hand, watching his teammates go through their pre-game drill.

Celebrations out of hand

Violent celebrations marked by arrests, injuries, bonfires and bottle-throwing followed NCAA tournament victories by Iowa State, Wisconsin and Purdue.

Thousands of fans poured into the streets of Campustown at Ames, Iowa, early yesterday to celebrate Iowa State's win over UCLA in the round of 16.

One person suffered a minor head injury when he jumped in a lake. At least seven others were arrested. The charges included criminal mischief, public intoxication, theft and failure to disperse, officials said.

At West Lafayette, Ind., police fired tear gas into a crowd of students who set fires and damaged cars after Purdue's win over Gonzaga on Thursday night.

Three students face preliminary charges of disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement and another faces a public intoxication charge after the melee, which culminated with two bonfires set near Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium. There was $600 in damages.

In Wisconsin, hundreds of students marched to the Capitol in Madison to celebrate the Badgers' win over LSU. At the Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus, some in the crowd of about 800 hurled bottles at police in riot gear.

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