NCAA Tournament Of All-Time Rosters: Quarterfinal Action Game Summaries

Marc DaleyAnalyst IApril 10, 2009

Game One: (1) North Carolina vs (9) Ohio State

For the first time in the tournament North Carolina did not enjoy a clear advantage up front. Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek were considered to be dead-even, if not better by a thin margin, over Sam Perkins and Brad Daugherty.

Early on, observers wondered if the margin had increased. Perkins picked up two early fouls in the first five minutes trying to guard the versatile Havlicek. Fortunately for the Tar Heels, Michael Jordan was the usual superstar and the Heels led by four at the half, 36-32.

Even though UNC reserve Antawn Jamison did a credible job of holding Havlicek in check Coach Dean Smith started Perkins in the second half. This move didn’t last long as Perkins picked up a third foul a minute in then uncharacteristically received a technical for arguing the call.

Once again, Jamison came off the bench. This time Havlicek, who had 16 points at that juncture, decided to spread the wealth to Lucas, Jim Jackson and reserve Michael Redd.

Meanwhile, Jordan continued to lead the way with a bevy of outside shots. Still, the Buckeyes closed within three on a Lucas layup with 45 seconds. Daugherty inbounded to Phil Ford, who was quickly fouled by Jackson.

Ford missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Buckeyes decided to melt the clock for an opportunity to tie. As the defense collapsed on Havlicek he once again found Redd open, who drilled a three with12 seconds left.

The Tar Heels calmly called time out. No, Jimmy Black and Matt Doherty did not take the floor. But Ohio State could have been forgiven if they saw images of Fred Brown and Michael Jackson.

This time Ford was the one who passed to Jordan, who made a nifty shake to fend off Jackson and lifted a feathery jumper that sealed the Buckeyes’ fate as time expired.

All Havlicek could do was shake his head, not in disbelief, but in resignation.

Final Score: North Carolina 78, Ohio State 76

Game Two: (4) LSU v (5) Arizona

Pete Maravich and Chris Jackson wanted to turn this game into a track meet. Coach Dale Brown wasn’t so sure. Shaquille O’Neal eased his fears by saying, “If we can run, Arizona’s done.”

The Wildcats held their own for the first 10 minutes. Brian Williams got the start over Bob Elliott as Lute Olson figured he would be better able to handle the banging in the paint. Sean Elliott took advantage of being guarded by the game, but not as athletic, All-American Bob Pettit and had eight points in the first half of the first half.

But Mike Bibby and Gilbert Arenas decided to enter a scoring duel with Maravich and Jackson, not realizing the Tiger twosome had a lot more ammo. By the time the first half ended the three offensive superstars had combined for 42 points and LSU led 50-39.

In the second half Arizona decided to try and slow things down. They went with a rare tall lineup of the Elliotts, Williams, Bibby, and Chris Mills. Sean Elliott enjoyed a height advantage over Maravich but Jackson was able to take up the scoring slack. Eventually he would finish with a game-high 35 points.

Meanwhile, O’Neal had a field day inside with 24 points and 12 rebounds as Olson’s strategy was unsuccessful. As the horn sounded, a muted Mardi Gras-like celebration ensued with the Bayou Bengals ready to take the zydeco party to the Big Apple.

Final Score: LSU 93, Arizona 80

Tomorrow: Quarterfinal Action Concludes