South semifinals

Ncaa Tournament

March 21, 2002|By Ken Murray

South semifinals

No. 1 Duke (31-3) vs. No. 5 Indiana (22-11)

Site: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.

Time: 7:38 tonight

Conference records: Duke finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 13-3 and won the ACC tournament title. Indiana finished in a four-way tie for the Big Ten regular-season title at 11-5 and lost in the conference tournament semifinals.

Coaches: Mike Krzyzewski is 564-167 in 22 seasons at Duke, and 637-226 in 27 seasons overall. Mike Davis is 43-24 in two years at Indiana after replacing Bob Knight.

Duke's lineup: G Jason Williams (21.5 ppg, 5.4 apg), G Chris Duhon (9.0 ppg, 6.0 apg), F Dahntay Jones (11.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg), F Mike Dunleavy (17.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg), C Carlos Boozer (18.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg).

Indiana's lineup: G Tom Coverdale (12.4 ppg, 4.8 apg ), G Dane Fife (8.7 ppg, .463 3-FG ), G Kyle Hornsby (7.5 ppg ), F Jared Jeffries (15.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg ), F Jarrad Odle (9.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg ).

Bench strength: Duke plays a seven-man rotation and is especially thin inside. Casey Sanders can spell Boozer inside for brief periods. G Daniel Ewing delivered 18 points in a vital role to help beat Notre Dame last week. Indiana can rotate bodies inside with 6-foot-9 Jeff Newton and 6-11 George Leach. Newton averages 20 minutes and 7.9 ppg off the bench. G A.J. Moye has been a clutch reserve as well.

Key matchup: Indiana's front line against Duke's front line. The Hoosiers will try to pound the ball in to Jeffries and get Boozer in foul trouble, which worked for Notre Dame. Dunleavy will become involved defensively because he and Jeffries have similar skills.

What Duke needs to do to win: Keep Boozer out of foul trouble, keep Jeffries away from a big game and keep hitting those three-point shots.

What Indiana needs to do to win: Force a game of attrition for Duke inside and make the Blue Devils have to win from the perimeter.

Bottom line: This appears to be a bad matchup for Indiana, which prefers a deliberate pace and suffocating defense. The Hoosiers' defense likely won't be able to run with the Blue Devils, though, and that means a relatively easy win for Duke.

No. 3 Pittsburgh (29-5) vs. No. 10 Kent State (29-5)

Site: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.

Time: 9:55 (approx.) tonight

Conference records: Pittsburgh tied Connecticut for the best record in the Big East at 13-3. Kent State dominated the Mid-American Conference with a 17-1 mark.

Coaches: Ben Howland is 61-34 in three seasons at Pittsburgh, 140-93 in eight seasons overall. Stan Heath is 29-5 in his first season at Kent State.

Pittsburgh's lineup: G Brandin Knight (15.5 ppg, 7.2 apg), G Julius Page (12.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg), F Jaron Brown (9.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg), F Donatas Zavackas (11.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg), F Chevon Troutman (5.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg).

Kent State's lineup: G Trevor Huffman (16.2 ppg, 4.4 apg), G Andrew Mitchell (15.2 ppg, 3.3 apg), G Demetric Shaw (7.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg), F Antonio Gates (15.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg), C Nate Gerwig (4.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg).

Bench strength: Pittsburgh can go to a big lineup with 6-10 reserves Toree Morris and Mark McCarroll. It's 6-6 F Ontario Lett (8.6 ppg) and 6-5 F Chad Johnson (4.3 ppg) contribute most off the bench, though. Kent State has nine players averaging more than 10 minutes per game.

Key matchup: Shaw, a two-time defensive Player of the Year in the MAC, will get the assignment of containing Knight, the Big East's co-Player of the Year. The flip side of that will have Page, Pittsburgh's defensive ace, working vs. Huffman.

What Pittsburgh needs to do to win: Dictate with defense and don't let Kent State gain much confidence or momentum.

What Kent State needs to do to win: Don't let Knight control the game with his brilliant passing and playmaking, and find a way to match Pittsburgh on the boards.

Bottom line: Athleticism and defense should win out for the Panthers, who still will have their hands full.

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