NCAA highlights

March 16, 2001

Points

Tayshaun Prince, Kentucky ...............27

George Evans, George Mason........... 27

Jeff Monaco, Southern Utah............... 26

Jason Collins, Stanford........................ 25

Kirk Haston, Indiana.............................. 25

Mekeli Wesley, BYU............................... 25

Trevor Huffman, Kent State................. 24

Byron Mouton, Maryland...................... 22

Juan Dixon, Maryland............................ 22

Sam Clancy, USC.................................... 22M Jason Williams, Duke ............................22

Rebounds

Ken Johnson, Ohio State ........................14

Sam Clancy, USC......................................13

Dan Gadzuric, UCLA............................... 13

Michael Sweetney, Georgetown........... 13

Andre Williams, Okla. State..................... 13

Tarvis Williams, Hampton........................ 13

Dan Beus, Southern Utah........................ 12

Anthony Evans, Georgia........................... 12

Alvin Jones, Ga. Tech ...............................12

Shane Battier, Duke................................... 10

Josh Sankes, Holy Cross......................... 10

Assists

Chris Duhon, Duke..................................... 9

Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph's................... 8

Jared Curry, Holy Cross............................ 7

Earl Watson, UCLA..................................... 7

Steve Blake, Maryland............................... 6

Keith Bogans, Kenucky............................ 6

Tremaine Price, George Mason............... 6

Tony Akins, Georgia Tech........................ 6

Brian Brown, Ohio State........................... 5

Big troubles

The Big Ten led in tournament selections with seven, but that dwindled to four as fourth-seeded Indiana, fifth-seeded Ohio State and sixth-seeded Wisconsin became upset victims. Indiana lost in the first round for the fifth time in the last seven years, falling to No. 13 Kent State. Wisconsin, a Final Four participant last year, blew a five-point lead in the final minute in losing to No. 11 Georgia State. It was Georgia State's first ever NCAA win. Utah State ended a 30-year tournament victory drought by stopping No. 5 Ohio State in overtime.

Conference scoreboard

How the major conferences fared:

ACC 2-1...................... Big Ten 1-3

Big 12 1-2................... Big East 2-0

Pac-10 3-0................... SEC 1-2

A good omen

In the previous nine years, five teams from major conferences have entered the tournament with just two losses. Four of those teams went on to win the nationl championship. The only exception was Connecticut in 1996. Stanford is the only team to enter this tourney with two defeats. The Cardinal got off on the right foot with the only rout of the afternoon, a 29-point win over UNC-Greensboro. The 29-point margin was the biggest for the Cardinal in the NCAA tournament.

Playing it closer

Eighteen out of the 32 first-round games last year were decided by 10 or more points. Eight of the first 12 games this year were decided by less than 10 points - six by four points or less.

Living at the line

Third-seeded Maryland hit 24 of 27 free throws to hold off No. 14 George Mason. ... Iowa was 30 of 35 at the free-throw line, including 13 of 15 by Reggie Evans. The Hawkeyes outscored Creighton, 30-9, at the line.

Hot and cold

Duke's Jason Williams scored 20 points in the first half, connecting on six of eight from three-point range, in the Blue Devils' rout of Monmouth. ... Utah State's backcourt of Bernard Rock and Tony Brown combined to hit 13 of 20 shots (65 percent). ... Ice cold second-half shooting doomed a couple of potential upsets. Creighton collapsed down the stretch against Iowa, hitting one field goal in the final 10:44. Hofstra missed 13 of its final 14 shots and scored 15 points in the second half in its loss to UCLA.

Quotable

"I told my team this might be the greatest win I've ever had." - Georgia State coach Lefty Driesell, who entered the tournament with 761 career victories. "We heard a lot of ACC. We took that personlly. I guess they think the Atlantic 10 doesn't exist. I think they overlooked us. They probably don't know where St. Joe's is located." - St. Joseph's guard Marvin O'Connor, after his team ousted Georgia Tech "We came to win. We're disappointed we lost." - Holy Cross guard Jared Curry on his team's valiant effort against No. 3 Kentucky

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