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Northridge At A Glance

SPORTS EXTRA / NCAA TOURNAMENT | First Look

March 12, 2001

Cal State Northridge (22-9) vs. Kansas (24-6)

Midwest Regional

Friday 4:40 p.m., at Dayton, Ohio

* Regional seeding: 13th.

* Bid: Big Sky Conference champion.

* Tournament record: First appearnace.

* Coach: Bobby Braswell.

* Scoring leaders: Brian Heinle 20.4, John Burrell 14.5, Jeff Parris 13.9, Markus Carr 8.6, Marco McCain 8.4.

* Rebound leaders: Heinle 9.4, Parris 4.5, Carl Holmes 3.7, Joey Busch 3.3, Burrell 2.7.

* Assist leaders: Carr 8.9, Heinle 3.9, McCain 1.5, Parris 1.3.

* Three-point basket leaders: Burrell 51, Heinle 49, McCain 41, Holmes 33.

* Last 10 games: 9-1.

OPPONENT AT A GLANCE

* Nickname: Jayhawks.

* Regional seeding: Fourth.

* Bid: At-large.

* Tournament record: 59-29.

* Last NCAA appearance: 2000 (lost to Duke in second round.)

* Coach: Roy Williams.

* Scoring leaders: Kenny Gregory 15.7, Drew Gooden 15.6, Nick Collison 13.5, Kirk Hinrich 11.6, Jeff Boschee 10.9.

* Rebound leaders: Gooden 8.2, Eric Chenowith 7.8, Gregory 7.2, Collison 6.4, Hinrich 4.2.

* Assist leaders: Hinrich 7.1, Boschee 3.6, Collison 2.2, Gregory 2.2

* Three-point basket leaders: Boschee 59, Hinrich 52, Gregory 20.

* Last 10 games: 6-4.

POSITION BY POSITION

* FORWARD: Parris of Northridge is 6-5 but plays taller than he is. He also gets into foul trouble. He ranks fifth in the nation in disqualifications with 10. Last season, he led the nation with 13. Gooden, a projected top-10 NBA draft pick, sat out five games because of a wrist injury but has played in the last three. Power forward Collison is shooting 58% from the field and is one of the most fundamentally sound big men in the nation.

* CENTER: Heinle, a 6-9 senior, was a runaway choice for Big Sky most valuable player, leading the conference in scoring and rebounding. He plays well with his back to the basket and is a good three-point shooter. Chenowith is 7-1 but draws criticism for not being aggressive. Coach Williams described him as the most criticized player he has had at Kansas.

* GUARD: Both offenses rely heavily on the point guard. The Matadors' is driven by Carr, who ranks among the nation's assist leaders. He is poised and an excellent ballhandler. Same goes for Hinrich, who plays close to 40 minutes a game and led the Big 12 in assists and three-point percentage. Like Carr, he has good court vision. Shooting guards Holmes of Northridge and Boschee of Kansas are three-point threats.

* COACHING: Braswell is 85-62 in five seasons at Northridge, his first Division I head-coaching job. His ability to extract the most from players makes him a coveted candidate for other jobs. Williams, the NCAA's winningest coach in the 1990s, is 353-88 in 13 years.

* THE PICK: Kansas, of course. The Jayhawks rank fifth all-time in tournament victories. It has been an impressive season for lowly Northridge, highlighted by a victory over UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. But the Matadors can't keep playing David against the NCAA's Goliaths, can they?

NORTHRIDGE ROSTER

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No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. 3 Denny Ogden G 6-0 180 Jr. 4 Craig Calloway G 6-1 185 Jr. 5 Marco McCain G 6-3 185 Sr. 10 Lionel Benjamin G 6-3 205 So. 12 Markus Carr G 6-3 205 So. 20 Carl Holmes G 6-1 170 Sr. 21 Jermar Welch F 6-6 215 Sr. 24 Keith Jackson G 6-0 160 Fr. 25 John Burrell G 6-3 185 Sr. 31 Brian Heinle C 6-9 225 Sr. 33 Curtis Slaughter F 6-7 180 34 Joey Busch F 6-8 235 Jr. 42 Jeff Parris F 6-5 223 Sr. 44 Dan Read C 6-10 220 So. 55 Sidney Hampton G 6-4 193 Fr.

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KANSAS ROSTER

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No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. 0 Drew Gooden F 6-10 230 So. 1 Mario Kinsey G 6-2 175 Fr. 4 Nick Collison F 6-9 250 So. 10 Kirk Hinrich G 6-3 180 So. 12 John Crider G 6-4 190 Jr. 13 Jeff Boschee G 6-1 185 Jr. 15 Bryant Nash F 6-6 200 Fr. 20 Kenny Gregory G-F 6-5 208 Sr. 22 Jeff Carey F-C 6-11 250 Jr. 33 Luke Axtell F 6-10 220 Sr. 34 Chris Zerbe F 6-5 230 Jr. 44 Eric Chenowith C 7-1 270 Sr.

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LOGS

NORTHRIDGE

Howard:W 90-73

at UCLA: W 78-74

at Nevada Las Vegas: L 70-69

Cal Poly Pomona: W 75-50

Kent State: W 89-85

at Marquette: L 69-66

at USC: L 99-90

Wyoming: W 74-71

at James Madison: W 84-70

at UAB: L 71-67

*Hawaii: L 76-70

*Georgia State: L 97-88

Vanguard : W 96-51

at Weber State: W 89-78

at Sacramento State: W 95-82

at Northrn Arizona: L 76-75

Idaho State: W 90-73

Portland State: W 103-83

Eastern Washington: L 88-75

at Montana State: W 72-65

at Montana: W 74-65

Sacramento State: W 100-73

Weber State: W 96-86

at Idaho State: L 89-84

Northrn Arizona: W 78-72

Montana: W 92-68

Montana State: W 85-65

at Eastern Washington: W 86-84

at Portland State: W 81-75

*Weber State: W 91-74

*Eastern Wash:W 73-58

* tournament

KANSAS

UCLA: W 99-98

St. John's: W 82-74

North Dakota: W 92-61

Boise St: W 101-61

Washburn: W 99-56

Middle Tennessee State: W 92-66

Illinois State: W 80-61

at Wake Forest: L 83-53

De Paul: W 75-69

Tulsa: W 92-69

at Ohio State: W 69-68

Southwest Missouri State: W 77-43

at Texas Tech: W 94-82

at Oklahoma: W 69-61

Nebraska: W 84-62

Texas A&M: W 100-70

at Colorado: W 85-75

Kansas State: W 92-66

at Missouri: L 75-66

Texas: W 82-66

Iowa State: L 79-77

Oklahoma State: W 77-61

at Baylor: L 87-77

at Iowa State: L 79-71

Colorado: W 91-79

at Nebraska: W 78-74

at Kansas State: W 77-65

Missouri: W 75-59

*Kansas State: W 94-63

*Oklahoma: L 62-57

* tournament

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