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A- r. THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY. MARCH 28. 1998 7C Tar Heels' Carter the leader of the band Today's men's semifinal games Kentucky (33-4) vs. Stanford (30-4) if! TIMF- n m TV- WPFfM 0 WFDR-4 LINE: Kentucky by8Vi. KENTUCKY'S ROAD TO SAN ANTONIO: The Wildcats were the No. 2-seed in the South Region and opened with an indifferent performance in a 1 5-point victory over South Carolina State. They then dominated Saint Louis and routed UCLA before beating top-seeded Duke in the regional championship STODA From 1C from Bethune-Cookman. But almost 80 schools wanted Carter for basketball, and his last decision came down to Florida State and North Carolina. Leaving or staying. Not that Carter saw it in that light. "Not at all," Carter said Friday afternoon in an Alamodome hallway on his way to the court for practice after an extended interview session with CBS. "It wasn't about being at home or away from home. It was about being somewhere I was going to be happy, and I was happy from And th'c is now little doubt that Ca; ier set the proper course.' by flying to North Carolina after leading Daytona-Mainland to the state title. '. Interestingly enough, thought -the exodus of Florida's best play. ers for out-of-state programs is diminishing. Leonard Hamilton at Miami and Billy Donovan at Flork da, most prominently, are gaining footholds with home-state re- cruits. But a drum major who found , somewhere else to strut his stuff, is center stage again at the Final, Four hoping for a title this time around. the first time I was on campus (at North Carolina)." And the opportunity to play for then-Tar Heel coach Dean Smith was also its own draw. Carter wanted to hone his extraordinary talents at a place that would afford him the best opportunity to achieve his goal of someday playing in the NBA as a top draft pick. That wasn't Florida State. And the loss of a player as prominent as Carter to another ACC school regardless of North Carolina's prominence since has been mentioned as at least having contributed to the fact that then-Seminoles coach Pat Kennedy now works at DePaul. Carter gives no consideration to such theories. He did what he wanted to do, and, after a difficult freshman season during which rumors of a transfer (to Florida State) swirled around him, Carter has a lock on ah NBA future. Both he and Jamison must soon decide whether to return to college for their senior season, or opt to make themselves available early for the draft. "He might have more pro potential (than Jamison)," said Utah coach Rick Majerus, who must figure out a method of containing North Carolina's dynamic duo in tonight's semifinal. "Carter makes spectacular plays." He flies. game by overcoming a 17-point deficit. STANFORD'S ROAD TO SAN ANTONIO: The Cardinal - that's singular as in reference to the school's primary color - were seeded aneppara No 3 jn tne Midwest. Stanford opened with efficient, if not overwhelming, wins over College of Charleston and Western Michigan and then knocked out second-seeded Purdue in a slugfest. Stanford earned the Final Four berth with a stunning last-minute comeback from six points behind to beat Rhode Island, which had eliminated top- seeded Kansas in the second round. KENTUCKY'S STYLE: There's no star system with the Wildcats, because the Wildcats don't have a star. Tubby Smith, in his first COME SEE THE PREMIERE OF THE LAZZARA 80SL March 26th - 29th at the Palm Beach Boat Show SLIP 222 March Madness For the latest scores, games, contests and polls, go to Palm Beach Interactive: year as UK head coach, goes deep into the bench while distributing minutes. The result is that senior guard Jeff Sheppard is the team's leading scoring with a modest 13.3- point average. The Wildcats play hard and relentlessly, swarm the boards and are on the attack in the open court whether on offense or defense. They're never out of a game. Just ask Duke. "The excellence of this yachts design, it's styling and execution are obvious"... Southern Boating "The Lazzara name has become synonymous with quality and exacting detail".. .Yacht Premiere STANFORD'S STYLE: Go ahead. Think of these guys as nothing more than a group of eggheads who wandered out of their classrooms in Palo Alto, Calif., got lost and somehow landed in the Final Four. Yeah, go ahead . . . and then pick yourself and "The construction of the Lazzara 76 is what you'd expect, given the Lazzara family's tradition of excel-lence"...Robb Report your bloodied lip off the floor. The 'This yacht matches the quality and excellence of the products of any of the world's major yacht builders, U.S., European, or Far Eastem"...Southern Boating Cardinal, epitomized by 6-foot-8, 235-pound sophomore forward Mike Madsen, take a rough-and-tumble approach to basketball Got Mews For Your Neighbors? Call The Palm Beach Post Newsroom nearest you: West Palm Beach . . 820-4400 Delray Beach 278-7533 P.B. Gardens 820-3030 Wellington 790-5880 Belle Glade 996-6731 Stuart 286-5151 Port St. Lucie .... 878-9988 and force opponents into dealing with all the y Madsen nasty stuff. KENTUCKY SAYS: "The score is going to be 0- YACHTS u when the game starts. It doesn't matter how many times Kentucky has been to the Final Four (13) or how many Stanford Call for an appointment has made (two). Sheppard on his team's perceived (813)835-5300 advantage in experience. STANFORD SAYS: "It's just what we are. It's what we do. You - y m v ' ...... fc. $ ' ' - """" "r'"-' J ' gotta be known for something. It's sure not our quickness. We kind of get in the way of people." Stanford coach Mike Montgomery on his team's taste for contact. THE PICK: Kentucky 76, Stanford 72 North Carolina (34-3) vs. Utah (29-3) II) TIME: 30 minutes after first game ends (about 8 p.m.) TV: WPEC- 12, WFOR-4 LINE: North Carolina by S'i. ii cii (i (i si ir oi) m it fi do iK a id) (()) IP ib NORTH CAROLINA'S ROAD TO SAN ANTONIO: The Tar Heels, out of do the East Region, were the only top-seed to earn a Final Four berth. They obliterated Navy, escaped their own casual arrogance to slide past state rival North Carolina-Charlotte in overtime, demolished Michigan State and held off Connecticut GfilL'OSSSTTOIOiOD in the regional final. UTAH'S ROAD TO SAN ANTONIO: The Utes were the No. 3 seed in the West Region and opened with an easy win over San MMMMi) a ::n n Francisco before slipping past Arkansas and escaping West Virginia by a combined margin of nine points. But the signature I I I " nil,..'' victory in the tournament, by any team, was Utah's systematic 76-51 dismantling of defending national champion Arizona to , .t v ' v . Oft 0 gain the spot in the Final Four. NORTH CAROLINA'S STYLE: The Tar Heels are startlingly talented. It's a choose-your-poison deal at forward powerful and quick Antawn Jamison or p-robatic and quick Vince Carter because it's almost impossible to contain both of them. Shammond Williams hasn't missed many big shots (triples, especially) in recent games, and point guard Ed Cota is quietly effective in running the show or disrupting an opponent's efforts to do the same. The big problem? Depth. There is none. North Carolina goes only seven deep, and the last couple of spots are shaky. UTAH: The Utes are a versatile bunch. I: Despite the attention given their implementation of an exotic triangle-and-two defense vs. Arizona, it's application of a fundamental man-to-man arrangement that -lI'T-piwyit has carried Utah. Junior point guard Andre Miller is effective inside on offense, and the 1 . i Si, I wicked complement is that 6-10 sophomore Hanno Mpttola and 6-1 1 senior Michael Doleac are comfortable sliding to the perimeter for shots. Oh, and few teams are capable of pushing Utah out of its preference for a moderate but not necessarily slow Miller pace. NORTH CAROLINA SAYS: "I like to have the ball in my hands at the end of the game. I like to take care of things." Williams on his reputation for penchant for heroics. UTAH SAYS: "I never thought it was my style to be (Keith) Van Horn. I never thought it was up to me to be that pivotal." Doleac on his role as the team's star in the wake of Van Horn, an Ail-American last season, having completed his career. THE PICK: North Carolina 72, Utah 69 Greg Stoda I I I ..ai. V - - GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION Fenders still at Texas .. lb- ' .. v- . ; For Coastal Cruises including cruise line service charge 1911: Ci Notebook Palm Beach Post Win Services AUSTIN, Texas Tom Penders apparently will remain as the University of Texas men's basketball coach for at least three more days. University officials will not di las television station he believes someone is trying to get him fired GRAND OPENING SAILING SCHEDULE vulge until Monday the findings of an internal investigation that a r' Friday ' 11:30PM - 3:30AM Saturday 9:30AM - 30PM 4:30PM - 10)OPM 11:30PM - 3:30AM sonrre close to the UT athletic council says implicates Penders in 1X)OPM 7.-O0PM Sunday the release of federally protected student academic information and wiU result in his reassignment. According to a standard provi sion in Penders contract, on and he knows who it is. "Somebody's behind this. There's somebody talking to these kids, somebody orchestrating this," Penders said. "I know who this person is, and I hope, in the end; this person will be exposed." Vandy coach to interview at Texas A&M: Vanderbilt coach Jan van Breda Kolff is expected to interview for the Texas A&M coaching job this weekend. Van Breda Kolff, who has taken his alma mater to the NCAA tournament twice in five seasons, said he had been contacted by Texas A&M about the open job. Jamison named Player of the Year: North Carolina's Antawn Jamison won The Associated Press College Player of the Year award on Friday and got a telegram from President Clinton. which four years remain at $550,000 annually, he could be fired for such an offense. But the source said Penders more than likely will be reassigned within the department in order to avoid possible litigation. Penders has said numerous times this week that he would accept being reassigned. But, he has vowed to battle UT through the courts if he is fired. , On Friday, Pensfcrs told a Dal-

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