6B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 22, 2004
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NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL
March 20, 21
March 25, 26
March 27, 28
March 25, 26
March 20, 21
March 18, 19
16. Lehigh/ FAMU
6. Boston College
3. Georgia Tech
14. Northern Iowa
7. Michigan State
1. St. Joe's
Boston College 58-51
Georgia Tech 57-54
Georgia Tech 65-60
St. Joe's 82-63
St. Joe's 70-65
Texas Tech 76-73 ---------
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
Seton Hall 80-76
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16. Alabama St.
8. Seton Hall
13. East Tenn. St.
Xavier 89-74 10. Louisville
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Mississippi St. 85-52
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16. Texas-San Antonio
9. Southern Illinois
8. Texas Tech
4. Wake Forest
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Maryland 86-83 4. Maryland
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14. Central Florida
10. South Carolina
2. Oklahoma St.
15. E. Washington
Oklahoma St. 70-53
Oklahoma St. 75-56
N.C. State 61-52
DePaul 76-69 2 OTC
11. Western Michigan
3. N.C. State
14. U.L. Lafayette
Road to Final
Four now rolls
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-
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
While we're on the topic, watching the Princeton-
Texas first-round game was like getting every tooth
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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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-
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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