South Regional

Ncaa Tournament

March 25, 2001|By Paul McMullen

Today's final

No. 1 Michigan State (27-4) vs. No. 11 Temple (24-12)

Site: Georgia Dome, Altanta

Time: 2:40 p.m.

TV: Chs. 13, 9.

Coaches: Tom Izzo is 147-52 in seven seasons at Michigan State. John Chaney is 431-178 in 19 seasons at Temple, 656-237 in 29 seasons overall.

Michigan State's lineup: Are low-post force Andre Hutson (13.7 ppg), wing Jason Richardson (15.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and guard Charlie Bell (13.8 ppg, 4.5 apg and 5.3 rpg) the nation's best three-man combination? Bell and Hutson are seniors determined to repeat as NCAA champions and play in their third straight Final Four. This also could be the final year for Richardson, a sophomore whose improved jump shot has him ready for the NBA. Center Aloysius Anagonye and wing David Thomas start, then give way to others.

Temple's lineup: The Owls have the most active first five in the nation, as the starters average more than 35 minutes a game. Kevin Lyde, who is 6 feet 9 and appears to be close to 300 pounds, grabs nearly a fourth of the Owls' rebounds, but Alex Wesby and David Hawkins play big inside. Wing Quincy Wadley (15.4 ppg) and point guard Lynn Greer (18.1 ppg, 5.5 apg) have been pivotal.

What Michigan State has to do to win: If the Spartans' weak outside shooters, don't knock down some jumpers, they could have fits with Temple's zone. The second chance is often Michigan State's best offensive option, and it had 18 offensive boards to 22 defensive for Gonzaga. The team is important that the perimeter defenders do not let Greer and Wadley get started.

What Temple has to do to win: Chaney has his team focused and loose in the NCAAs, as their halftime leads have been 19, 20 and 18 points. The Owls need to play at their slower pace, not the faster tempo that the Spartans prefer. Lyde has to stay out of foul trouble against Michigan State's inside muscle.

Bottom line: Chaney and Izzo are taskmasters, and their teams are renowned for adhering to the game plan. Michigan State has had only one day to prepare for Temple's zone, but if any program has come ready to play over the past three seasons, it's the Spartans.

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