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How It Should Shape Up

March 16, 2003|Robyn Norwood | Times Staff Writer

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*--* Team Conference Rec Comment Kentucky* Southeastern 28-3 Tubby Smith might become only the 11th coach to win two NCAA titles Oklahoma* Big 12 23-6 A victory over Missouri in Big 12 championship game today could mean a No. 1 seeding Duke* Atlantic Coast 23-6 N.C. State, Duke's opponent in ACC final, probably has played its way in Pittsburgh Big East 26-4 After winning Big East tourney title, Ben Howland's team might claim a No. 1 seeding Illinois* Big Ten 23-6 If Ohio State (17-13) wins, the at-large hopefuls lose a spot Colorado State Mountain West 19-13 Improbable tournament victory over UNLV by a team that lost seven in a row at one point Oregon Pacific 10 23-9 Luke Ridnour's star power showed as the Ducks stole the Pac-10 tournament Louisville Conference USA 24-6 The return of Marvin Stone helps, but rebounder Ellis Myles is missed Dayton Atlantic 10 24-5 Not a big name, but the Flyers have game San Diego West Coast 18-11 The Toreros' victory made Gonzaga sweat Central Michigan Mid-American 23-6 Seven-foot junior Chris Kaman is a future first-round pick Creighton Missouri Valley 29-4 Kyle Korver and Co. upset Florida in the first round last year TULSA Western Athletic 22-9 Memories: Tulsa was the preseason No. 25 Wisconsin Milwaukee Horizon 24-7 One of three teams in tournament from the state of Wisconsin Western Kentucky Sun Belt 24-8 Turns out, the Hilltoppers are good even without 7-footer Chris Marcus Manhattan Metro-Atlantic 23-6 Speedy guard Luis Flores is a scoring star N. Carolina Wilmington Colonial Ath. Assn 24-6 Los Angeles fans -- especially Trojans -- should remember Brett Blizzard Weber St Big Sky 26-5 The Wildcats want a Cinderella label Austin Peay Ohio Valley 23-7 Who was Peay? A governor of Tennessee East Tenn. State Southern 20-10 Back in 1992, ETSU upset third-seeded Arizona in the first round Utah State Big West 24-8 Big West hasn't been a two-bid league since 1993 Troy State Atlantic Sun 26-5 Capable of throwing a scare into someone Pennsylvania Ivy League 21-5 All-around game makes Quakers a threat Sam Houston State Southland 23-6 Sam Houston-Steph en F. Austin final was a Texas history lesson Vermont America East 21-11 This team screams first-half blowout Holy Cross Patriot 26-4 Bob Cousy's alma mater is getting to be a tournament regular IND. Purdue Indianapolis Mid-Continent 20-13 The announcers just enjoy the chance to say it: IUPUI N. Carolina Asheville Big South 14-16 Despite record, UNCA might avoid the play-in game because tough schedule boosted its RPI Wagner Northeast 21-10 Get ready for replays of Coach Dereck Whittenburg's airball "pass" to Lorenzo Charles for N.C. State in the 1983 title game S. Carolina State Mid-Eastern Athletic 20-10 With an RPI near 200, book those tickets for Dayton Texas Southern Southwestern Athletic 16-12 Hello, play-in game. (RPI below 200.)


* Projected to win automatic bid. Otherwise, team will receive an at-large Bid.

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