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12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 13, 2002

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BEST FIRST ROUND-GAME: Def-
initely the 5-12 matchup between Indiana-
and Utah. Indiana has been among the most MATC]
disappointing first-round teams in recent (1)Dukevs.(16) M
years; and Utah coach Rick Majeris has Thursday, 10:10 p.
never lost in the opening round with his (2) Alabamavs.(15
Utes. ESPN.com reports that Utah was the Thursday, 2:50 p.m
last at-large team given a spot at the dance, (3) ,v".(14
but watch for them to make the most of the Friday, 12:25 p.m.
(4) Souh li vs. (1:
opportunity. Thursday, 7:55 p.m
MOST INTRIGUING SECOND-ROUND GAME: The (5) Indiana vs.(12)
possibility of a Pennsylvania vs. Pittsburgh Thursday, 10:25 p.r
game in the second round, played in Pitts- (6) Calfonia vs. (1
burgh, was no mistake in planning by the Friday, 2:55 p.m.
NCAA Selection Committee. Keep a close Thurlay, 12:20 p
eye on the minutes of Pittsburgh point guard (8) Notre Dame vs
Brandin Knight. He was sidelined with a Thursday, 7:40 p.m.
knee injury and will not be playing at 100
percent, if at all, this week.
MOST OVERRATED: Probably Southern Cal, which
earned its No. 4 seed by beating up on the PAC-10's
worst teams while struggling against the conference's
elite. A "stealing lunch money" kind of team can get
into the Tourney, but it won't go very far.
MOST UNDERRATED: Kent State. These guys went
17-1 in the underrated (and Dick Vitale's favorite) .:
MAC Conference.
WHO IS PULLING OUT A FIRST ROUND UPSET?: (9)
Charlotte, (10) Kent State, (12) Utah.
GREAT 8: Duke and Alabama (no surprises there).
DON'T LET YOURSELF BELIEVE THAT ... : Central Con-
necticut State is at all for real. They could have won a
billion games in a row -it doesn't change the fact that
they're Central Connecticut.

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MATCHUPS
(1) Maryland vs. (16) Silena
Friday, 10:10 p.m.
(2) Connecticut vs. (15) Hampton
Friday, 2:45 p.m.
(3) Georga vs. (14) MunayState
Friday, 10:20 p.m.
(4) Kentucky vs. (13) Valparaiso
Thursday, 12:25 p m.
(5) Marquette vs. (12) Tulsa
Thursday, 2:55 p.m.
(6) Texas Techvs. (11) SouhernmIllinois
Friday, 7:50 p.m.
(7) N.C. Stat vs. (10) MchiganState
Friday, 12:15 p.m.
(8) Wisconsin vs. (9) St. John's
Friday, 7:40 p.m.

BEST FIRST-ROUND GAME: There
are actually quite a few to chose from in
this Region. I am interested to see how
Bobby Knight's Red Raiders perform in
his first postseason at Texas Tech against
a very strong Southern Illinois team. But
the best game should be the 7-10
matchup between big-conference also-
rans - N.C. State and Michigan State.
MOST INTRIGUING SECOND-ROUND GAME: I
don't expect Maryland to make it to the
Final Four, but I can't quite figure out
why. They'll fall at some point, and it
may be in the second round to Marcus
Hatten (perhaps the most explosive play-
er in this tournament) and St. John's. If
the Terps find themselves in the Sweet
16, they would find themselves faced
Tubby Smith's underachieving Kentucky

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AP PHOTO
Junior Drew Gooden was the Big-12 Player of the Year and led Kansas to a No. 1
seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament.

eSt BEST FIRST-ROUND GAME:
Gonzaga versus Wyoming fea-
tures the West Coast Conference
and Mountain West Conference cham-
pions in a game in which neither team
should be playing. Both deserved higher 'V
seeds. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, Dan
Dickau is too much to overcome.
MOST INTRIGUING SECOND-ROUND GAME: It's at
pity that either Gonzaga or Arizona will lose:
in the second round. Both are at least Sweet'
16 teams, but only one will make it there.
Arizona has by far the most difficult second-
round game of any top-four seed in the Tour-
nament, playing the much-underrated Zags.
MOST OVERRATED: Miami. Do you have any
idea how easy it was to play in the Big East this
year? Don't let the talking heads fool you. Give
me the good old days of Derrick Coleman,
Alonzo and ... er ... Kerry Kittles?
MOST UNDERRATED: Gonzaga. 'Nuff said.
WHO IS PULLING OUT A FIRST ROUND UPSET?:
(12) Missouri.
GREAT 8: Ohio State and Arizona. I don't care
how many games Cincinnati won this season,
I've put my money on the Bearcats enough
times in this tournament, only to see them col-
lapse early.
DON'T LET YOURSELF BELIEVE THAT ... : Okla-
homa is as good as it looked last weekend.

AP PHOTOS

Wildcats.
MOST OVERRATED: Georgia.
MOST UNDERRATED: Kentucky. These guys
beat Florida twice and lost to Duke by just
three early in the season. The Wildcats were
not blown out in any of their losses this season,
and feature last year's SEC Player of the Year,
the versatile Tayshaun Prince.
WHO IS PULLING OUT A FIRST ROUND UPSET?: (9)
St. John's, (10) Michigan State, (11) Southern Illi-
nois, (12) Tulsa.
GREAT 8: Maryland (I guess) and Connecticut
(although I want so badly to say Southern Illinois).
DON'T LET YOURSELF BELIEVE THAT ... : Michigan
State is as bad as you want it to be.
BEST FIRST-ROUND GAME:
Probably Wake Forest and
Pepperdine. The Waves have
proven they aren't intimidated by
elite teams, defeating Gonzaga, UCLA and
. Southern Cal. this season. And hey, Wake is no
Gonzaga.
MOST INTRIGUING-SECOND ROUND GAME: Florida
and Illinois. The Fighting Illini have gotten
their act together after a 4-5 start in the Big
Ten. Florida, on the other hand, has been on
the decline since February. But the Gators have
been far in this tournament before, and a similar Illinois
team folded early last year.
MOST OVERRATED: Texas. The Longhorns played a
tough schedule against a bunch of ranked
teams this season (great for the RPI), but lost
y Cross against most of them; they went 2-7 ii those
games against ranked opponents.
ni na MOST UNDERRATED: Illinois. If not for an
Moeo early exit from the Big Ten Tournament, the
Illini would be a deserving No. 2 seed - at
DWego State least as deserving as Oregon.
WHO IS PULLING OUT A FIRST ROUND UPSET?:
tghton . (9) Western Kentucky, (10) Pepperdine, (11)
-l Boston College.
GREAT 8: Kansas and Boston College. I
Peppegn don't think much of Oregon, and if B.C. gets
its act together it is as dangerous as anyone.
umnVn"bcky DON'T LET YOURSELF BELIEVE THAT ...
Kansas isn't the best team in the country.

fSteve
Logan
MATCHUPS
(1) Ckix m hivs. (16) Boston uney
Friday, 7:40 p.m.
(2) Oldahoma vs. (15) Iinoslhicago
Friday, 12:30 p.m.
(3) Arhana vs. (14) UC.Santa Btarbr
Thursday, 10:10 p.m.
(4) ONho State vs. (13) Davidson
Thursday, 3:10 p.m.
(5) Miami (Ra.) vs. (12) Missouri
Thursday, 12:40 p.m.
(6) Gonzaga vs. (11) Wyoming
Thursday, 7:40 p.m.
(7) Xavierv. (10) Haval
Friday, 3 p.m.
(8) UCLA vs. (9) Mississippi
Friday, 10:10 p.m.

MATCHI
(1) Kansas vs. (16) Hol
Thursday, 7:50 p.m.
(2) Oregon vs. (15) Mo
Thursday, 5:12 pm.
(3) M b&. Stats vs. (14) M
Friday, 7:55 p.m.
(4) Illinois vs. (13) San'
Friday, 3 p.m.
(5) Florida vs. (12) Crel
Friday, 12:30 p.m.
(6) Texas vs. (1.1) Bat
Friday, 10:25-p.m.
(7) Wake Forest vs. (10)
Thursday, 2:42 p.m.
(8) Stanford vs.(9) Wst
Thursday, 1O:20p.m.

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