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Today's Games / At Hartford, Conn.

March 14, 1998|ROBYN NORWOOD

* North Carolina (31-3) vs. North Carolina Charlotte (20-10): The first meeting in history between the schools will be played at an emotional high pitch. It also will feature two outstanding matchups: North Carolina's Antawn Jamison, the probable national player of the year, against Charlotte high school rival DeMarco Johnson, another future NBA player, and Tar Heel point guard Ed Cota against Sean Colson, whose 7.9 assists a game rank third in the country. Cota missed practice Friday because of a stomach virus, but is expected to play.

* Princeton (27-1) vs. Michigan State (21-7): The last Ivy League team to win a second-round game was Penn in 1979, when the Quakers made it to the Final Four, but the eighth-ranked Tigers have a good shot. Princeton is concerned about Michigan State's rebounding, and Coach Bill Carmody said the Tigers will be in trouble if the margin is as high as 20. Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State's sophomore point guard, won a duel with Eastern Michigan's Earl Boykins in the first round, committing only one turnover during a 20-point performance. The Tigers probably will see some zone defense after Nevada Las Vegas' early success, but Michigan State usually plays mostly man and Princeton has some zone-busting shooters.

AT WASHINGTON

* Washington (19-9) vs. Richmond (23-7): The Huskies struck a blow for the Pacific 10 Conference with their upset of Xavier, and lucked into a second-round game against 14th-seeded Richmond after the Spiders pulled another trademark upset, bouncing third-seeded South Carolina from the tournament. Washington is in the second round for the first time since 1984, when the Huskies beat Duke on the way to a regional semifinal loss to Dayton. Richmond, whose campus isn't a long drive from Washington, D.C., probably will have something of a home crowd. The Huskies, though, have a Washington monument--7-foot Todd MacCulloch.

* Indiana (20-11) vs. Connecticut (30-4): The streak is over. The Hoosiers have reached the second round for the first time since 1994, when they got to the regional semifinals before losing to Boston College. Sixth-ranked UConn survived a 43-point game by Fairleigh Dickinson's Elijah Allen in the first round. The Huskies' scorers fared well too--sophomore forward Richard Hamilton had 30 and freshman point guard Khalid El-Amin finished with 28. Center Andrae Patterson has been playing well for Indiana, but the Hoosiers figure to have some matchup problems.

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