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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Continued from Page 9
The Orangemen built their lead to 18 during a
breakneck first half. But things ground to a halt
in the second, aiid it was Boeheim's famous 2-3
zone that closed out the game.
When it was over, bad free-throw shooting
killed the Jayhawks (30-8). They missed an
amazing 18 of 30. They also never really found
the outside touch to force the Orangemen to
guard them up high. Hinrich shot 6-for-20 - 3-
for-12 from 3-point range, and missed twice
with a chance to tie in the closing seconds.
Inside, Boeheim's 'D' came close to turning
Kansas into a one-man show. All-American for-
ward Nick Collison was valiant - he finished
with 19 points and 21 rebounds. But in the end,
he simply didn't have enough help against the
tall and long Syracuse players and that well-
coached defense.
Of course, there are some things you simply
can't coach, and McNamara, Anthony, Warrick
- the whole team, really - played a one-on-

one style of offense in the first half that looked
as if it came straight from the playground.
McNamara was relentless, unabashedly hoist-
ing shots from 23, 24, 25 feet and making
almost all of them. By the end of the first half,
he was 6-for-8 - his season high - and the
Orangemen led 53-42. The 53 were the most
points scored by one team in the first half of a
title game.
But was McNamara the best player out there?
Ask any of the three or four players who had
the task of guarding Anthony, the Final Four's
Most Outstanding Player, after he took passes at
the top of the key. A ball fake here, a dribble
between the legs there, a spin or a pull-up 3-
pointer - nothing was out of the question with
this guy, and very little of it was stoppable.
Before his back started acting up, Anthony
look destined to join Dwyane Wade of Mar-
quette as the second player with a triple-double
in this year's tournament. As it was, he finished
three assists shy.
Even with Anthony struggling down the
stretch, Kansas couldn't play catchup well

enough to tie or take the lead. A great chance
came with 14 minutes left when, trailing 61-58,
the Jayhawks picked off a bad pass and started
rushing downcourt. But Kansas turned it right
back over, and Anthony made a 3-pointer to
keep the Orange ahead.
Syracuse stretched it to 12 with 7 1/2 minutes
left, and KU could never overcome after that.
It was another bitter defeat for Williams, who
stayed without the one victory that would round
out an otherwise impeccable resume.
Now, his next job is to decide whether he's
interested in the opening at North Carolina, his
alma mater, or wants to return to Kansas to try
to complete his still-unfinished business.
Boeheim, meanwhile, improved to 1-2 in title
games. Nine years after the 1987 loss, Syracuse
fell to Kentucky in the final.
He insisted he would coach the same as he
always does in the final, and by the looks of
things he did. He also called "foolishness" the
notion that a win in this game would make him
a better coach. That, for now at least, is still
open for debate.

Syracuse's Craig Forth (51) and Kansas' Jeff Graves fight for a loose ball in the first half of
the championship game yesterday in New Orleans.


Continued from Page 9
"Personally, I could give a shit what
people think," said Williams when
asked if he was thinking about taking
the North Carolina job.
While a win might have kept him in
the homely town of Lawrence, Kan., the
loss will likely send Williams, who did-
n't say he wouldn't take the job, to
Chapel Hill, N.C., where he will be able
to bury himself in all of the "Timeout"
fried chicken he can handle. That is why
it is curious that CBS had a camera in
the Carrier Dome filming celebrating
Syracuse students when it should have
been in the Dean Dome shooting elated
North Carolina boosters.
The peopleof Kansas weren't the
only big losers last night - actually
there were a whole bunch more in
Vegas. But Ann Arbor had its own big
loser in the form of Engineering senior
Bob Kender. Kender managed to lose
the MichiganDaily.com/Pizza House
Challenge by scoring just 30 points and
having his entire bracket out of the run-
ning by the second weekend of the tour-
The Troy native picked Dayton (his
father's alma mater) to win the champi-
onship and Mississippi State to be the
runner-up. Unfortunately, No. 4 Dayton
couldn't even fly into the second round,
suffering a first-round loss to Tulsa.
"I am positive there was no drug use
involved with my pool, but based on my
picks, it makes you wonder," Kender
said. "I thought I knew a lot about col-
lege basketball, but obviously not."
Fellow engineer Dave Kaplan faired
better than Kender. Kaplan won the
Daily's pool by selecting seven of the
Elight Eight teams and all four Final
Four teams. Kaplan, however, was
unable to share his secrets with his fel-
low dancers.
And"when the techs in the CBS pro-
duction van hit the button on "One
Shining Moment", the books on the
2003 NCAA Tournament were closed
(until the NCAA Infrations Committee
reopens them 10 years from now),
informing college basketball fans on
dance floors throughout the nation that
it isn't time to go home, but they can't
stay here.


Now it's time to put on
yourthinking cap.
At Ernst & Young, the opportunities to use
your mind are endless. Welcome to our in-coming class from
University of Michigan.


Matthew Brody, intern
John Carter
Teresa Chen
Lauren Decker, intern
Catherine Fuimano

Rachael Hines, intern
Johnny Hwang
Ahmed Jamil
Moses Lee
Sharad Mangalick, intern

Brian Pavona
Naweed Sikora, intern
James Stork
Jeff Sukach
Brent Van Leeuwen

Syracuse's Kueth Duany raises his arms
in jubilation last night in New Orleans.
Continued from Page 9
Michigan sports experience, these
were the thoughts and images that
captured my attention. My col-
leagues on this sports page and I are
often condemned by students, fans,
alumni and often the athletic depart-
ment for our criticism of Michigan
athletics. They ask, "Where's the
love?" Let me assure you: We criti-
cize because we want to make it bet-
ter. We criticize because we want so
badly to see these programs not just
succeed, but to succeed with the
honor and respect woven into the
Leaders and Best mythology. We
criticize because we love. After four
years as a writer and columnist and
fan and student, we can't help but
These four years have brought me
to extraordinary, overwhelming
highs and unthinkable, unanticipated
lows. Michigan athletics has been a
learning experience for me, and the


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