West Regional

NCAA Tournament

March 22, 2001|By Christian Ewell

Tonight's semifinal

No. 1 Stanford (30-2) vs. No. 5 Cincinnati (25-9)

Site: Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, Calif.

Time: 10:25 approximately.

Conference records: Stanford won the Pacific-10 Conference with a 16-2 record. Cincinnati won the Conference USA regular-season title with an 11-5 record.

Coaches: Mike Montgomery is 318-145 in 15 seasons at Stanford, and 472-222 in 23 seasons overall. Bob Huggins is 303-95 in 12 years at Cincinnati, 471-167 in 20 seasons overall.

Stanford's lineup: G Mike McDonald (8.1 ppg, 4.8 apg, .515 3FG pct.), G Casey Jacobsen (18.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, .471 3FG pct.), F Ryan Mendez (11 ppg, .947 FT pct.), F Jarron Collins (12.9 ppg, .560 FG pct., 6.9 rpg), C Jason Collins (14.6 ppg, .619 FG pct, .480 3FG pct., 7.9 rpg).

Cincinnati's lineup: G Steve Logan (17.8 ppg, 2.4 apg), G Kenny Satterfield (14.1 ppg, 5.0 apg), F Immanuel McElroy (7.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg) F Jamaal Davis (6.7 points, 4.2 rpg), C B. J. Grove (4.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg).

Bench strength: With Curtis Borchardt out for the season and Justin Davis recovering from an ankle injury, Teyo Johnson is the only real reinforcement for Stanford down low if the Collins twins run into trouble. Julius Barnes and Tony Giovacchini are just now learning to effectively spell McDonald at point guard. Cincinnati's main bench strength is at small forward and scoring guard, where Antwan Jones and Leonard Stokes have continually improved during the season.

Key matchup: Stanford's guards vs. Cincinnati's guards. Logan and Satterfield are both point guards who can score for the Bearcats, with the ability to dominate a game. McDonald is more from the strictly pass-first mold as a point guard, while Jacobsen is one of the finest pure scorers in the NCAA, capable of draining NBA-level three-pointers with regularity.

What Stanford needs to do to win: Neutralize Logan and Satterfield, while holding up against the Bearcats' physical nature down low.

What Cincinnati needs to do to win: Shut down Jacobsen, then get big men like Grove, Davis and Donald Little to keep the Collins twins from having a field day inside.

Bottom line: If the Cardinal believes the St. Joseph's game was the end of its scares, it may have another thing coming in the Bearcats, who seem to have come together at the right time.

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