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6B- The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 15, 1999

Purdue knocks off
Miami; upsets reign

BOSTON (AP) - Purdue, which
stumbled into the NCAA Tournament,
ran past second-seeded Miami 73-63
yesterday and into the regional semifi-
nals for the second year in a row.
The 10th-seeded Boilermakers, who
lost five of six games to close the regu-
lar season and waited anxiously to see
their name on
Selection Sunday,
took control against EAST
the Hurricanes in Roundup
the second round of
the East Regional
by closing the first half with a 15-0 run
for a 32-17 lead.
Miami finally started hitting some
shots and was within 43-38 with 11:05
left, but the Boilermakers went on a 15-
2 run to match their biggest lead, 56-40,
with 6:21 left.
Brian Cardinal led Purdue with 20
points, while Tim James had 19 to lead
the Hurricanes.
Miami shot 32.9 percent, their worst
outing of the season, and even Johnny
Hemsley, who was 9-for-12 from 3-point
range and had 31 points in the opening
round, finished 5-for-13 and had 13
points against Purdue.
No. 12 SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE
81, No. 4 TENNESSEE 51
Whether playing or coaching, Steve
Alford keeps coming up a winner at the
NCAA tournament.
Alford's Southwest Missouri State
Bears earned the school's first trip to the
Sweet Sixteen with an 81-51 victory
over Tennessee yesterday.
The Bears (22-10) converted 13

turnovers into 24 points and harassed
Tennessee into 30-percent shooting. It
was the second stifling defensive display
in as many games for Southwest
Missouri State, which opened the East
Regional by holding Wisconsin to just
32 points.
No. 6 TEMPLE 64, No. 3 CINCINNTI
54
As he sat on the winning Temple
bench late in the game, shooting star
Quincy Wadley had an ice-packed towel
wrapped tightly around his bruised left
hand.
About as tightly as the Owls' defense
wrapped up Cincinnati for most of yes-
terday's 64-54 second-round upset victo-
ry in the NCAA tournament's East sub-
regional, eliminating from the tourna-
ment the only team that beat favored
Duke this season.
Wadley did his part with his right
hand, the one he shoots with, to make
sure that wasn't a problem. He came
off the bench to score 14 points, 12 of
them on 3-pointers, as sixth-seeded
Temple (23-10) advanced to the
round-of-l 6.
No.D K1 UE97, No. 9 TULSA 56
Duke, equipped with the nation's most
intimidating offense, reminded Tulsa
and the rest of the NCAA tournament
field yesterday it hasn't been neglecting
its defense.
The top-seeded Blue Devils (34-1),
seemingly contesting every dribble, pass
and shot, limited the Golden Hurricane
to 28 percent first-half shooting en route
to a 97-56 rout in the second round of
the East Regional.

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By Chris Grandstaff
Daily Sports Writer
This Thursday afternoon, tournament
fever will reach full pitch as 16,000
fans are expected to pack the Bryce
Jordan Center in State College for the
NCAA Tournament - the NCAA
Wrestling Tournament.
That's right. March Madness mani-
acs, you're not the only ones who will
call in sick from
work, or who will WRESTLING
use that phony
UHS slip your Commenary
neighbor scanned--------------
on his computer so that you can stay
home.
Wrestling fans from around the
country will set aside their normal rou-
tine and invade Penn State this
Thursday through Saturday to cheer on
their teams, and to watch the best colle-
giate wrestlers in the country compete
for the national championship.
But outside of hard-core wrestling
fans, most of the nation is absolutely
oblivious to this weekend's tournament.
The reason is that wrestling is a sport
that just isn't marketed very well.

In the past few seasons the NCAA
wrestling championships have been
held in media hotbeds like the campus
of Northern Iowa, and the publicity cir-
cus that is Cleveland State.
This year, the tournament takes a step
forward with its move to the Penn State
campus, but even that is not enough.
The sport of wrestling cannot expect
any realistic media attention until it
moves its marquee event into a major
metropolitan area.
Beyond the location of major
wrestling events, the bigwigs in charge
of NCAA wrestling need to work on
television exposure.
Last year, the wrestling national
championships were aired at 12:30 a.m.
on ESPN2, not exactly a prime viewing
time. But to make matters worse, the
event was televised two days after its
completion.
Many would argue that is the appro-
priate television slot for a sport like
wrestling, but wrestling is marketable.
Consider its characteristics. Wrestling
embodies the one-on-one intensity and
physicality of a sport like boxing, but at
the same time it also brings an affilia-

tion to one's school as a te
"We have a great thin
wrestling," Minnesota h
Robinson said. "TV vali
thing. We're an informati
if we could just get wrestl
week in every state, then
what could happen"
The sport is exactly
country is yearning for,
biggest matches often e
pointment - as in thi
controversial draw betwi
Holyfield and Lennox L
are unavailable to the ge
because of pay-per-view.
In addition, the hard-w
abiding personalities o
wrestling could serve as
substitute to the corrupt M
boxing.
But until the marketer
wrestling move NCAA
venues, and get their spo
sion at a reasonable hot
will continue to excite o
hard fans, while the rest o
keep shelling out cash for
appointing heavyweight f

Buckeyes
jump out.
fast, top-a
Detroit4
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Now
Detroit knows how its opponents feltall
season long.
The Titans - third in the nation:in
field goal percentage defense, secondin
scoring defense - did not get a point
the first 10 minutes as Ohio State rsaed
to a 75-44 victory in the second round of
the NCAA South regional Saturday
night.
Detroit (25-6), the No. 12 ss~a
missed its first 13 shots and 17o
first 18. The Titans, who held. their
opponents to 37
percent shooting SOUTH
and 54.7 points a Roundup
game for the sea-Rud
ID ROCHKIND/wiy son, managed 20
ge. Until percent in the first half as Ohio State
jumped ahead 12-0 in the first eight
minutes.
Ii po ,'k The Buckeyes built their leadlto
L.1~ points late n the first period, took a
12 lead at halftime and let Detroit nr
am sport. closer than 1I points early in the stond
ig in college half
ead coach J The Titans were led by Jetttihe
dates every- Jackson, who had 16 of his 18 points in
on society - the second half. Rashad Phillips, -who
ing on once a scored the first Detroit basket with,
who knows 10:11 to go in the first half, addednine
points.
what this No.3 ST. JoHN's 86, No.6 INDIANA
as boxing's 61
nd in disap- Bobby Knight was right abou-
s weekend's John's.
een Evander The Red Storm, seeded third in the
ewis - and South Regional, were every bit as tocgh,
neral public athletic and difficult to play as'the
Indiana coach feared and handed
orking, law- Knight's Hoosiers their worst-ever
f collegiate defeat in the NCAA tournament, 86-61.,
a refreshing Saturday. -
ike Tysons of Bootsy Thornton had 17 points'*
Lavor Postell had 16 and 10 rebound
s of college lead a balanced attack that overwhelmed.
s to bigger Indiana just two days 'after the sixth-
rt on televi- seeded Hoosiers scored 108 for their
ur, the sport highest point total ever in a post-season
nly the die- game.
fus will just The victory sends St. John's (27-8)
'another dis- into the round of 16 for the first ttn
fight. since 1991. Indiana (23-11) fell inthe
second round for the second straight
year after three straight first-roundexits.
All five of St. John's starters scor
least 12. Tyrone Grant had 14 points a
12 rebounds, while Ron Artest scctfd
13 and Erick Barkley finished with 11)
points and six assists.
No.1 AusuRN 81, No.9 OKLAIIMA
STATE 74
It was anything but an average day"
for Auburn guard Scott Pohlinman,
whose career-high 28 points sent te
Tigers on to Knoxville for' the
NCAA tournament's South regio4
next weekend.
Pohlman, who had an 11.4 scoring
average into the game, consistently hit
clutch baskets as the top-seeded Tigers
defeated ninth-seeded Oklahoma State
81-74 Saturday. The 6-foot-2 sogehg;
more guard's previous high was:
points._
Pohlman had 13 points in a decisive
run that put Auburn ahead to stay in thle
first half and then delivered crucial

points when the Cowboys were battli*
back from a 10-point deficit in the sdc-
ond half.
There were four ties and nine 'lad
changes before Auburn (29-3) jut
together a 17-3 run to grab the lead fir'
good in the first half.
Oklahoma State cut its deficit to 74-
72 on a 3-pointer by Adkins with 1:20
left and Pohlman answered with adi-
ving layup.

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