NCAA highlights

Ncaa Tournament

March 17, 2001

Points

Kyle Hill, E. Illinois................................ ......................32

Roger Mason Jr., Virginia........................................30

Dan Dickau, Gonzaga..............................................29

Demetrius Porter, Fresno State.............................27

Kelly Newton, Oklahoma........................................26

Quincy Wadley, Temple..........................................26

Udonis Haslem, Florida..........................................24

Nick Collison, Kansas............................................23

Matt Renn, Indiana State........................................22

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

Matt Carroll, Notre Dame.......................................21

Melvin Ely, Fresno State.......................................21

Troy Ostler, Hawaii.................................................21

David Graves, Notre Dame..................................20

Robert O'Kelley, Wake Forest.............................20

Henry Domercant, E. Illinois.................................20

Drew Gooden, Kansas...........................................20

Damon Brown, Syracuse.......................................20

Rebounds

Chris Marcus, W. Kentucky....................................16

Casey Calvary, Gonzaga........................................15

Melvin Ely, Fresno State..........................................13

Aaron McGhee, Oklahoma.......................................12

JosephForte, North Carolina..................................12

Udonis Haslem, Florida............................................11

Chris Thompson, NW State.....................................11

Andre Hutson, Michigan State................................11

Nick Collison, Kansas..............................................11

Kenny Gregory, Kansas...........................................11

Jeff Parris, CS Northridge........................................10

Darren Kelly, Texas....................................................10

Gyasi Cline-Heard, Penn State................................10

Nakiea Miller, Iona.................................... ....................10

Damon Brown, Syracuse..........................................10

Assists

Markus Carr, CS Northridge.....................................10

Tito Maddux, Fresno State........................................10

MartinIngelsby, Notre Dame........................................9

Kirk Hinrich, Kansas.....................................................9

Frank Williams, Illinois.................................................8

Jason Capel, North Carolina......................................8

Nate Walton, Princeton................................................7

Lynn Greer, Temple......................................................6

Allen Griffin, Syracuse..................................................6

RPI off the mark

The top three conferences in the RPI rankings are the SEC, Big Ten and ACC, with the Big 12 ranked sixth. Those conferences combined to go 12-13 through the tournament's first round, with only the Big Ten (4-3) above. 500.

Conference scoreboard

How the major conferences fared the first two days:

ACC..M-`M-`3-3M-`M-`M-`M-`M-`Big TenM-`M-`.4-3

Big 12M-`M-`.2-4M-`M-`M-`M-`.Big EastM-`M-`4-1

Pac-10M-`M-`4-1M-`M-`M-`M-`.SECM-`M-`M-`M-`..3-3

Those mighty Zags

It's not a surprise anymore when Gonzaga of the West Coast Conference advances in the tournament. Yesterday's upset of No.5 Virginia was the Bulldogs' sixth tournament victory in the last three years - all against teams from major conferences. Those victories have come against teams from the ACC (Virginia), Conference USA (Louisville, 2000), Big East (St. John's, 2000), Big Ten (Minnesota, 1999), Pac-10 (Stanford, 1999) and SEC (Florida, 1999).

Playing it closer

Eighteen of the 32 first-round games last year were decided by 10 or more points. Fourteen of the first 32 games this year were decided by fewer than 10 points, including 12 by four points or fewer.

Brackets busting

Picking the favorites in your office pool is not working. In the first round, the lower seed won 13 of 32 games, with nine double-digit seeds advancing.

Half and half

Gonzaga guard Dan Dickau, who averaged 18.3 points during the season, scored 21 in the first half against Virginia. M-` Wake Forest's Robert O'Kelley had all 20 of his points in the second half, but it wasn't nearly enough to overcome a horrendous first half for the Demon Deacons. ...Temple's Quincy Wadley scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half and teammate Lynn Greer scored 17 of his 19 in the second half.

A cold hand

Wake Forest should have just stayed home. The Demon Deacons shot 3-for-25 (12 percent) in the first half and trailed Butler 43-10. M-` Texas' Maurice Evans, who was averaging 15.8 points, was held to 10 on 4-for-16 shooting, including 1-for-9 from three-point range. ... Tennessee hit just seven of 19 free throws -- including only one of seven in the second half.

Quotable

"I told them if we score 53 in the second half and hold them to 20, we tie. We did score 53 but we only held them to 36."

--Wake Forest coach Dave Odom whose team trailed Butler 43-10 at the half.

"[Dan] Dickau was hitting shots. Loose balls they'd go get them, he'd have them. Bang! Three! He'd be way out, shoot, a scud, hit the rim, hit the backboard, go in. He was on fire."

--Virginia coach Pete Gillen on the Gonzaga guard.

"Again, you get shots and you don't make them. You get free throws and you don't make them. Then the other guy does - that's what this season and this game are all about."

-- Tennessee coach Jerry Green after the Volunteers were eliminated by Charlotte.

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