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March 20, 2001|MIKE TERRY




USC Category Kentucky 8-12 NCAA Record 89-37 23-9 2000-01 Record 24-9 4th Pac-10 Conference Finish 1st SEC East None Conf. Tournament Champion 77.6 Points 79.8 71.3 Opponent Points 70.1 .459 FG% .481 .432 Opponent FG% .398 .341 3-Point% .336 .367 Opponent 3-Point% .338 .707 Free Throw% .654 36.6 Rebounding 39.0 34.2 Opp. Rebounding 36.3 14.7 Turnovers 15.2 15.6 Opp. Turnovers 15.9



* Scoring: Sam Clancy (USC) 17.2; Keith Bogans (Kentucky) 16.9

* Field goal percentage: Jarvis Turner (USC) .516; Marquis Estill (Kentucky) .598

* Three-point baskets: Brandon Granville (USC) 63; Bogans 67

* Free throw percentage: Brian Scalabrine (USC) .795; Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky) .832

* Rebounding: Clancy 7.1; Prince 6.6

* Assists: Granville 5.7; S. Smith (Kentucky) 3.8

* Steals: Granville 1.7; Smith 1.5

All Statistics for Regular Season


* Forward: Tayshaun Prince and Jason Parker are the speed and power of the Wildcats. Unless USC Coach Henry Bibby resorts to a trick defense, David Bluthenthal will not only have to guard Prince but supply enough offense to keep him busy. Expect Parker, in the beginning, to guard Sam Clancy, a matchup Clancy should feast upon.

* Center: Kentucky doesn't have a true center, often going with a three- and sometimes four-guard lineup. If Parker guards Clancy, Coach Tubby Smith will have to go with Marvin Stone or Marquis Estill against Brian Scalabrine. This is probably the matchup that concerns Smith most.

* Guard: This is the Trojans' biggest challenge. Saul Smith has five inches on Brandon Granville, has quickness and hasn't overworked at the point like Granville has. Keith Bogans, the Wildcats' other main scorer besides Prince, will try to keep Jeff Trepagnier occupied, but may not be able to hang with Trepagnier's explosive leaping ability.

* Coaching: Depending on what day it is, Smith is either leaving Kentucky after the tournament or is about to sign a four-year extension. If he does leave, he can pick any job not taken by Rick Pitino or Bob Knight. Bibby signed his extension before the season started. Getting the Trojans to the Sweet 16 has raised his profile.

* The Edge: Kentucky may have added seven new players this season, but the Wildcats are playoff veterans compared to the Trojans. The Wildcats should be less blinded by the bright round of 16 lights than USC.



Bradley: W 107-92

San Diego: W 78-67

Loyola Marymount: W 91-68

Utah: W 65-60

CS Northridge: W 99-90

at Santa Barbara: W 75-73

Pepperdine: W 76-73

*at BYU Hawaii: W 86-74

*Mississippi: L 84-83 (OT)

*BYU: W 70-67

at Northwestern: L 63-61

Long Beach St: W 95-73

Washington St: W 82-59

Washington: W 87-61

at UCLA: L 80-75

at Arizona: L 71-58

at Arizona St: W 77-58

Oregon: W 78-74

Oregon St: W 73-47

at Stanford: L 77-71

at California: W 80-66

UCLA: L 85-76

Arizona St: W 80-68

Arizona: L 105-61

at Oregon St: L 67-52

at Oregon: W 87-80 (OT)

Stanford: L 70-68

California: W 74-69

at Washington: W 85-56

at Washington St: W 78-63

NCAA Tournament

Oklahoma St.: W 69-54

Boston Colllege: W 74-71

* invitational in Hawaii



St. John's*:L 62-61

UCLA*:L 97-92 (OT)

Jacksonville St.:W 91-48

Penn St.:L 73-68

at North Carolina: W 93-76

E. Kentucky:W 79

at Georgia Tech: L 86-84

at Michigan St.:L 46-45

Indiana:W 88-74

High Point:W 102-49

at Louisville:W 64-62

Georgia:W 67-63

South Carolina:W 69-63

Notre Dame:W 82-71

Tennessee:W 84-74

at Mississippi:L 65-55

at Alabama:W 70-60

Vanderbilt:W 86-75

at Georgia:W 85-70

at South Carolina: W 94-61

Florida:L 71-70

Mississippi St.:W 76-57

at Tennessee:W 103-95

at Vanderbilt:W 79-74

LSU:W 84-61

at Arkansas:L 82-78

Auburn:W 90-78

at Florida:L 94-86

South Carolina-y:W 78-65

Arkansas**:W 87-78

at Mississippi**:W 77-55

NCAA Tournament

Holy Cross:W 72-68

Iowa:W 92-79

* at New York

** SEC tournament

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