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Stanford Hopes to Revive Winner of '42 Memories


1. STANFORD (28-2)

* First-round opponent: N.C. Greensboro.

* Season in brief: Won its third consecutive Pac-10 title. Was the last undefeated Division I-A school until a Feb. 3 home loss to UCLA. Scored a last-minute December win over Duke in the Pete Newell Classic, and beat Arizona in Tucson, 85-76, on Jan. 6

* Player to watch: Casey Jacobsen. The 6-6 sophomore forward will try to make amends for last year, when he made only two of 12 shots in a second-round loss to North Carolina.

* Tidbit: Stanford boasts the only undefeated coach in NCAA tournament history in Everett Dean, who went 3-0 leading his team to the 1942 title in his only appearance.

* NCAA bio: 10th appearance, the ninth under Coach Mike Montgomery. Stanford's 1989 trip was its first since 1942. Cardinal's first-round win over UNC Charlotte in 1995 was its first in 53 years. Advanced to the Final Four in 1998.

2. IOWA STATE (25-5)

* First-round opponent: Hampton.

* Season in brief: Wasn't this supposed to be a rebuilding year in Ames after the team said goodbye to Marcus Fizer? Beat Kansas twice in Big 12 play. Slipped a bit down the stretch, losing by 16 at Texas and ruining chance at No. 1 tournament seeding by losing to Baylor in the Big 12 tournament.

* Player to watch: Jamaal Tinsley. The 6-3 senior guard led the team in scoring, assists and steals and was the Big 12 player of the year. He had 14 steals in one three-game stretch against Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State.

* Tidbit: A few things you should know about Coach Larry Eustachy. He has such a fear of flying he drives to all road games less than 10 hours from Ames. He also coaches in mock turtleneck sweaters. He owns only one suit.

* NCAA bio: 12th appearance. Last year's Fizer-led run included a steamroller victory over UCLA in the Midwest regional semifinals before a hard-fought loss to Michigan State, the eventual national champion.

3. MARYLAND (21-10)

* First-round opponent: George Mason.

* Season in brief: Up, down, and up again. Began No. 6 in the polls, but started 1-3 before reeling off 10 straight wins before a Jan. 10 loss to North Carolina. Started another mini-skid after blowing a 10-point lead with a minute left against Duke. Lost four of next five before a win at Wake Forest. Recorded 77th consecutive nonconference home win with victory over Oklahoma in late February and begins the tournament as one of those teams you'd least like to face.

* Player to watch: Juan Dixon. The 6-3 junior guard has scored 30 or more points five times in his career, a feat equaled in school history by Walt Williams, Joe Smith, Len Bias and John Lucas.

* Tidbit: Coach Gary Williams, a guard on the 1967 team, was voted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1999.

* NCAA bio: 18th appearance. Lost in the second round last year to UCLA. Terrapins have never been to the Final Four.

4. INDIANA (21-12)

* First-round opponent: Kent State.

* Season in brief: Five losses before Christmas had first-year Coach Mike Davis thinking he was not going to be Bob Knight's long-term successor. But the Hoosiers went 10-6 in the Big Ten and Davis ended up winning more games than any first-year coach in school history. Davis' squad also swept Purdue, something Knight hadn't done since 1992-93, and made a surprising run to the Big Ten tournament finals.

* Player to watch: Kirk Haston. The 6-10 junior center averaged 20 points a game to lead the Big Ten.

* Tidbit: When Davis was named interim successor to Knight, he became the first African American head coach in the history of IU athletics.

* NCAA bio: 30th appearance. A first-round loser to Pepperdine last year. Before Knight, Branch McCracken posted a 354-174 mark in 24 years at Indiana and won two national titles before retiring in 1965.

5. CINCINNATI (23-9)

* First-round opponent: BYU.

* Season in brief: The Bearcats' streak of nine consecutive NCAA appearances appeared in jeopardy mid-season, but they rallied after a 14-7 start to merit a bid no matter what happened in the Conference USA tournament. Cincinnati won seven of its last eight regular season games to claim a share of its sixth consecutive conference title. That eased the pain of early-season losses to Notre Dame, Xavier, Toledo and Marquette.

* Player to watch: Kenny Satterfield. The 6-2 sophomore guard might have become only the third freshman point guard to lead his team to a national title last year had Kenyon Martin not broken his leg in the conference tournament.

* Tidbit: Did you know Cincinnati has been eliminated from the tournament five times by the school that went on to win the championship?

* NCAA bio: 20th appearance. Won consecutive titles in 1961 and 1962.

6. WISCONSIN (18-10)

* First-round opponent: Georgia State.

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