All-Time Rosters NCAA Tournament: Round Two, Day One Recaps

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All-Time Rosters NCAA Tournament: Round Two, Day One Recaps

Game One: (1) North Carolina v (17) NC State

Before game time North Carolina State Coach Jim Valvano ran the tape of the 1983 championship. Not only did he want to get his squad properly motivated to play the top-seeded Tar Heels but he wanted to drive his game plan home. Once again, Valvano wanted to play the game in the fifties.

That would be fine with North Carolina Coach Dean Smith.

In the first half the Wolfpack plan kept them in the game. Center Tom Burleson led the way with eight points as Nate McMillan and Spud Webb worked the ball inside.

David Thompson wasn’t much of a factor thanks to two early fouls while trying to cover Michael Jordan but backup Vinny Del Nero proved to be a better fit in the slowdown game and added six points off the bench as the ‘Pack ended the half only down 30-26.

However, the second half saw NC State go cold. Burleson and Thurl Bailey missed easy shots inside and Thompson picked up two cheap fouls by 11:37 in the game.

This time, Smith instructed his charges to press the pace. Jordan, James Worthy and backup forward Antawn Jamison repeatedly ran like hungry gazelles past the stunned Wolfpack defense. Each of them would finish in double figures, with Jordan leading the way with 21 points.

Thompson tried to lead a comeback but it was too little, too late. North Carolina became the first team to hit the Elite Eight.

Final Score: North Carolina 76, NC State 62

 

Game Two: (8) Notre Dame v (9) Ohio State

After watching countless film of Notre Dame scoring sensation Austin Carr Ohio State coach Fred Taylor didn’t say much during the practice session, figuring out how to explain the news to his guards. He would switching things up in the starting lineup.

When the Buckeyes took the floor in their second-round matchup, Dennis Hopson went to the bench and Clark Kellogg saw the initial action. Jim Jackson would have the unenviable task of guarding Carr.

Jackson did fairly well in the first half, holding Carr to four of twelve shooting even though all of Carr’s baskets were from behind the arc. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, Jerry Lucas and Kellogg did a terrific job of keeping the Irish off the boards.

Lucas was rewarded with several passes from Kelvin Ransey and ended the first half with twelve points to go with his six rebounds.

In the second half, Carr got a little hotter by hitting his first three baskets. This time, Taylor sent Jackson to the pine for a breather and bought in little-used Tony Campbell in hopes that his height might bother Carr. It didn’t. Carr had 28 points by the time Jackson got back in with five minutes left and Notre Dame had a five-point lead.

At that point, John Havlicek took over for Ohio State. The new offense was simple. Havlicek bought the ball down to half court and passed it to Ransey or Scoonie Penn, who would work it around until Havlicek could get open then “Hondo” would receive it and drive for a score or hit a jump shot.

Kelly Tripucka, John Shumate and Laphonso Ellis all took turns trying to stop him and couldn’t. Carr would outscore Havlicek 32 to 24 but the score that mattered showed that the Buckeyes came out on top.

Final Score: Ohio State 84, Notre Dame 79


Game Three: (4) LSU v (20) Kentucky

Fans of the game will remember the last time these two SEC rivals faced off in the NCAA Tournament as the 11-seed Tigers knocked off the 1-seed Wildcats with Ricky Blanton running down the court in spastic celebration following his game-winner. Kentucky fans were hoping for a similar scenario in New Orleans.

UK Coach Adolph Rupp briefly thought about switching forward Tayshaun Prince with Melvin Turpin to create a Twin Towers lineup but wisely thought Prince’s defense would be sorely needed. Indeed, Prince nullified the scoring threat of Marcus Thornton but Chris Jackson was enjoying a clear advantage over Kyle Macy.

Frustrated, the Baron went to Ralph Beard in an effort to slow Jackson down. Jackson ended up with 17 first half points and the Bayou Bengals led by eight at the half.

The second half was more of the same. While Turpin and starting center Sam Bowie held counterpart Shaquille O’Neal relatively in check and Pete Maravich having a rare off-night thanks to a defensive switch which had Prince guarding him through most of the second half Jackson continued to light things up.

When it was over he would have a tourney record 41 points and the Tigers would be headed to the Elite Eight.

Final Score: LSU 81, Kentucky 72

 

Game Four: (5) Arizona v (12) Duke

Mike Krzyzewski was disappointed with J.J. Redick’s performance against Syracuse and figured he might have trouble against Arizona. So he started Johnny Dawkins and Jason Williams together, sacrificing a bit of offense for extra ball-handling.

While that might have helped the big advantage for the Devils early on proved to be Carlos Boozer. He snagged many offensive rebounds and easily scored against his counterpart Bob Elliott in the first half.

With his Wildcats facing a six-point halftime deficit, Olson benched Elliott and brought in Brian Williams to play center. This proved to be more effective as Williams’ energy allowed him to hold his own against Boozer.

Jason Terry continued his offensive explosiveness that he displayed against Syracuse in the first round as he made his case for best sixth man in an NCAA tournament. He would finish with 14 points, second to Sean Elliott’s 20. Boozer would lead the way for Duke with 23 points and 12 rebounds but it wasn’t quite enough.

Final Score: Arizona 88, Duke 80

 

Tomorrow, the second round concludes.

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