AT DAYTON, OHIO
* Illinois vs. Charlotte--Top-seeded Illinois has not advanced to the Sweet 16 since 1989, the last time it reached the Final Four. Illinois hardly worked up a sweat in a 96-54 first-round win over Northwestern State. Ninth-seeded Charlotte, a 70-63 winner over Tennessee, doesn't figure to fall so easily. Illinois players are guarding against a letdown. "When you're hot, you have a tendency to let up," Robert Archibald said. "I feel like we'll be ready." Rodney White of Charlotte led the nation in scoring among freshmen, averaging 19 points.
* Syracuse vs. Kansas--Coach Jim Boeheim of Syracuse says he will wait until after the season to celebrate victory No. 600, recorded Friday with a 79-69 triumph over Hawaii. Right now, he is focused on leading the No. 5-seeded Orangemen past No. 4 Kansas, which overwhelmed smaller Cal State Northridge, 99-75. Stopping the Jayhawks' front court is paramount. Forwards Nick Collison (6 feet 9), Drew Gooden (6-10) and Eric Chenowith (7-1) teamed to help Kansas dominate the boards, 46-25. "We faced Georgetown this year and they had big players," Syracuse forward Damone Brown said. "We matched up and played with them and we can do this with Kansas." The Jayhawks must contend with Syracuse's first-rate zone defense.