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6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 22, 2004
Michigandaily.com/Papa John's Challenge

NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL

TOURNAMENT

First Round
March 18,19

Second Round
March 20, 21

Sweet Sixteen
March 25, 26

Elite Eight
March 27, 28

Final Four
April 3

National Title
April 5

Final Four
April 3

Elite Eight
March 27,28

Sweet Sixteen
March 25, 26

Second Round
March 20, 21

First Round
March 18, 19

1. Kentucky
16. Lehigh/ FAMU
8. Washington
9. UAB
5. Providence
12. Pacific
4.Kansas
13. Illinois-Chicago
6. Boston College
11. Utah

3. Georgia Tech

14. Northern Iowa
7. Michigan State
10. Nevada
2. Gonzaga
15. Valparaiso
1. St. Joe's

Kentucky 96-76
UAB 76-75
rUAB 102-100
Pacific 66-58
Kansas 78-63
Kansas 78-53
St. Louis
Boston College 58-51
Georgia Tech 57-54
Georgia Tech 65-60
Nevada 72-66
Nevada 91-72
Gonzaga 76-49
St. Joe's 82-63
St. Joe's 70-65
Texas Tech 76-73 ---------
Manhattan 75-60
Wake Forest 84-80
Wake Forest 79-78
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North Carolina 63-5. "
Texas 78-75 1 Ar F
Texas 66-49 3. Texas
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Duke 96-61
Duke 90-62
Seton Hall 80-76
Illinois 72-53
Illinois 92-68
Cincinnati 80-77

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1. Duke
16. Alabama St.
8. Seton Hall
9. Arizona
5. Illinois
4.Cincinnati
13. East Tenn. St.

7. Xavier

Xavier 80-70

Xavier 89-74 10. Louisville
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Mississippi St. 85-52
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1. Stanford
Stanford 71-45
16. Texas-San Antonio
Alabama 70-67
8. Alabama
Alabama 65-64
9. Southern Illinois

16. Liberty

8. Texas Tech
9. Charlotte
5. Florida
12. Manhattan
4. Wake Forest
13. VCU

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5. Syracuse

Syracuse 80-75

12. BYU
Syracuse 72-70
Maryland 86-83 4. Maryland
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6. Wisconsin

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11. Richmond
3. Pittsburgh
14. Central Florida
7. Memphis
10. South Carolina
2. Oklahoma St.
15. E. Washington

Wisconsin 76-64
Pittsburgh 59-55
Pittsburgh 53-44
Memphis 59-43
Oklahoma St. 70-53
Oklahoma St. 75-56

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Vanderbilt 71-58

6. Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt 71-58
N.C. State 61-52
DePaul 76-69 2 OTC
Connecticut 72-55
Connecticut 70-53

11. Western Michigan
3. N.C. State
14. U.L. Lafayette
7. DePaul
10. Dayton
2. Connecticut
15. Vermont

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Better Ingredients.
Better Pizza.

Road to Final
Four now rolls
through Tide
Well, we can all lay off St. Joe's for a while, I guess.
The so-called "weakest No. 1 seed" is still dancing
while Kentucky and Stanford are both going home -
apparently because the NCAA Tournament, now goes
through the state of Alabama.
On Saturday, the Crimson Tide rallied to knock off the
Cardinal. Then yesterday, Alabama's little brother, Alaba-
ma-Birmingham, somehow knocked off supposed title-
contender Kentucky.
Also sent home were
"For use as a Cinderel-
la only" Gonzaga -
who bombed as a No. 2
seed - and Mississip-
pi State, who bombed'
as a No. 2 seed.
The Big Ten, though,
is still alive thanks to
the Illinois smacking of 20Q4
a perennial NCAA ..
Tournament disappoint- > 4w :ro
ment Cincinnati. 4
Another year, another
March implosion for the Bearcats - something tells me
Bob Huggins will have his kids skipping classes to prac-
tice non stop until next November.
Not helping the Big Ten cause was Wisconsin, which
couldn't ride 15,000 Badger fans to victory in Milwaukee,
as Pittsburgh told the Selection Committee where it could
stick the second-round road game. It didn't help the Badgers
that guard Devin Harris makes Screech from "Saved By the
Bell" look tough. Seriously, Devin, stop the flop baby.
On the plus side for the Badgers, though, Wisconsin
coach Bo Ryan easily wins the award for "Scariest face
made at a referee" during the tournament's first weekend.
It looked like he was about one questionable call away
from sprouting horns and casting the refs into eternal
damnation.
While we're on the topic, watching the Princeton-
Texas first-round game was like getting every tooth

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Alabama's Chuck Davis celebrates following the Crimson
Tide upset over No. 1 seed Stanford.
pulled out at the dentist, minus the anesthetic. Texas
had seven points after 12 minutes of play and still won
the game. If it wasn't such taboo to turn off NCAA
Tournament games, every television in the country
would have switched to something more exciting -
like Friends or ... static.
The first round's biggest upset came when 12th-seeded
Manhattan routed No. 5 Florida. Except that Florida is
horrible, and everyone knows it. The Gators had no busi-
ness being a five-seed, and the fact that they were defi-
nitely proves the theory that, to pick tournament teams,
the Selection Committee gets wasted and throws darts at
team names taped to a wall.
So now we move on to the Sweet 16. Unfortunately, the
most interesting region left is probably the East Ruther-
ford one - provided the arena doesn't sink into the
swamp that is New Jersey before the teams arrive. With
St. Joe's, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh and Oklahoma State, it's
not crazy to think the tournament winner could emerge
from that region.
The guess here is that the tournament will even out and
the favorites will start to re-emerge on the second week-
end. But, admit it: There'd be something special, and
downright rootin'-tootin', ho-down exciting about a final
between UAB and Alabama.

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NOTE
Softball finishes 4-0
at Louisville Tourney
When Michigan sophomore Tiffany
Haas crossed home plate in the top of
the eighth inning of Saturday's game

ter sealed the deal for the Wolverines
with a game-ending strikeout to com-
plete the 3-2 victory. Ritter proved to
be Michigan's steadiest hurler
throughout the weekend and tallied 13
strikeouts in the contest against East-
ern Kentucky.
Though the Wolverines continued
to struggle offensively, Haas put on a
one-woman show by scoring all three

and junior Jessica Merchant con-
tributed two hits including her team-
leading 25th RBI of the season.
The Wolverines shutout St. Louis
(3-0) on Saturday after a one-hitter by
freshman Lorilyn Wilson. The fresh-
man hurler had quite a day, striking
out a career-best 12 batters and
extending her streak of consecutive
scoreless innings to 27.2. Wilson has

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