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MARCH MADNESS / NCAA TOURNAMENT

Scouting Report

Cal State Northridge (22-9) vs. Kansas (24-6); Midwest Regional at Dayton, Ohio, Today, 4:30 p.m., Ch 2.

March 16, 2001|VINCE KOWALICK

STARTING LINEUPS

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CS NORTHRIDGE Pos. KANSAS 10 Lionel Benjamin Forward 20 Kenny Gregory 20 Carl Holmes Forward 0 Drew Gooden 31 Brian Heinle Center-Forward 4 Nick Collison 5 Marco McCain Guard 13 Jeff Boschee 12 Markus Carr Guard 10 Kirk Hinrich

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KEY RESERVES

CS NORTHRIDGE

25 John Burrell G

42 Jeff Parris F

34 Joey Busch F

KANSAS

44 Eric Chenowith C

22 Jeff Carey F

03 Brett Ballard G

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KEYS TO THE GAME

* STYLE OF PLAY: Both teams employ similar offenses, with plenty of responsibility placed on the point guard. Northridge's Markus Carr leads the nation in assists, averaging 8.9. Kansas' Kansas' Kirk Hinrich likewise has good court vision and averaged 7.1 assists to lead the Big 12. Both teams employ varying defenses.

* MATCHUP TO WATCH: Centers Eric Chenowith of Kansas and Brian Heinle of Northridge are from the West Coast and played against each other in summer league. Chenowith, a 7-foot-1 reserve, is counted on to rebound and block shots, while Heinle, 6-9, is the Matadors' leading scorer and among their best three-point shooters.

* INTANGIBLES: Coach Bobby Braswell gets the most from players, the biggest reason for Northridge's success. He has engineered upsets against UCLA, Fresno State and Oregon the last two seasons, all on the road.

* MAGIC NUMBERS: Northridge loves the three-point shot and nearly everyone shoots it. Heinle, and guards John Burrell, Marco McCain and Carl Holmes have combined for 174 of the team's 204 three-pointers. Northridge is shooting 39.5% from three-point range. Hinrich has made 52 of 102 three-point shots (51%)--most among the Jayhawks, who are shooting 39.2% from behind the arc.

* FINAL ANALYSIS: Kansas, because of size and experience, is the pick, but don't be too sure. Northridge has avoided being blown out, losing only one game--88-75 to Eastern Washington--by more than nine points.

STATISTICS

CS NORTHRIDGE

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No. Player FGA-FGM .Pct FTA-FTM .Pct Reb. Ast. Pts Avg. 31 Heinle 225-441 .510 134-201 .667 9.4 4.0 633 20.4 25 Burrell 144-333 .432 111-129 .860 2.7 1.3 450 14.5 42 Parris 141-229 .616 131-200 .655 4.5 2.4 416 13.9 12 Carr 89-197 .452 72-88 .818 2.4 8.9 268 8.6 5 McCain 85-176 .483 40-54 .741 2.7 1.5 251 8.4 20 Holmes 79-166 .476 38-54 .704 3.7 0.8 229 7.4 34 Busch 51-96 .531 23-37 .622 3.3 0.4 125 4.0 21 Welch 24-45 .533 25-39 .641 2.1 0.0 73 2.9 10 Benjamin 22-30 .733 14-24 .583 1.8 0.2 58 1.3 3 Odgen 8-24 .333 2-2 1.000 0.4 0.2 24 1.3 44 Read 11-22 .500 9-12 .750 1.2 0.3 32 1.1 4 Calloway 4-13 .308 4-5 .800 0.4 1.0 14 0.7 24 Jackson 0-1 .000 2-4 .500 0.3 0.3 2 0.2 NORTHRIDGE 883-1773 .498 605-849 .713 36.5 19.1 2575 83.1 OPPONENTS 789-1808 .436 544-767 .709 34.8 15.7 2310 74.5

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THREE-POINT GOALS: Heinle, 49-113, 43.4%; Burrell, 51-131, 38.9%; Parris, 3-17, 17.6%; Carr, 18-57, 31.6%; McCain, 41-99, 41.4%; Holmes, 33-56, 49.3%; Busch, 0-1, .000%; Benjamin, 0-1, .000%; Ogden, 6-21, 28.6%; Reed, 1-4, 25.0%; Calloway, 2-6, 33.3%. NORTHRIDGE: 204-517, 39.5% OPPONENTS: 188-579, 32.5%.

KANSAS

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No. Player FGA-FGM .Pct FTA-FTM .Pct Reb. Ast. Pts Avg. 20 Gregory 187-329 .568 31-78 .397 7.2 2.4 425 15.7 0 Gooden 146-285 .512 96-146 .658 8.2 1.6 391 15.6 4 Collison 164-281 .584 77-118 .653 6.4 2.2 4061 3.5 10 Hinrich 108-216 .500 79-94 .840 4.2 7.1 347 11.6 13 Boschee 114-265 .430 41-53 .774 2.3 3.6 328 10.9 44 Chenowith 109-238 .458 83-124 .669 7.8 0.9 301 10.0 33 *Axtell 31-83 .373 20-25 .800 2.6 0.9 100 5.3 1 Kinsey 9-28 .321 9-12 .750 0.6 0.9 30 1.9 34 Zerbe 11-16 .688 4-9 .444 0.6 0.1 27 1.9 22 Carey 19-35 .543 15-25 .600 2.1 0.4 53 1.8 3 Ballard 7-25 .280 4-5 .800 0.6 0.4 24 1.1 15 Nash 7-25 .280 2-6 .333 1.2 0.3 16 0.7 Kappelmann 2-5 .400 1-4 .250 0.5 0.0 5 0.4 Harrison 1-6 .167 2-6 .333 0.2 0.7 4 0.3

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* sidelined for season.

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KANSAS 915-1837 .498 464-705 .686 42.5 19.6 2457 81.9 OPPONENTS 706-1866 .378 452-659 .686 35.4 15.5 2073 69.1

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THREE-POINT GOALS: Zerbe, 1-1, 100.0%; Gooden 3-6, 50.0%; Hinrich, 52-102, 51.0%; Gregory, 20-50, 40.0%; Boschee, 59-165, 35.8%; Axtell, 18-52, 34.6%; Ballard, 6-18, 33.3%; Kinsey, 3-9, 33.3%; Collison, 1-4, 25.0%; Carey, 0-1, .000%; Kappelmann, 0-1, .000%; Chenowith, 0-2, .000%; Nash, 0-5, .000%. KANSAS: 163-416, 39.2% OPPONENTS: 209-614, 34.0%.

LOGS

CS 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 Northern 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

Northern 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

* Invitational in Hawaii

** Big Sky 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

DePaul 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

* Invitational in New York

** Big 12 tournament

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