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THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1 998 7C Tar Heels' Carter the leader of the band Today's men's semifinal games Kentucky (33-4) vs. Stanford (30-4) TIME: 5:42 p.m. TV: WPEC-12, WFOR-4 LINE: Kentucky by 8V2. 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 15-point victory over South And there is now little doubt that Carter set the proper course by flying to North Carolina after leading Daytona-Mainland to the state title. Interestingly enough, though, the exodus of Florida's best players for out-of-state programs is diminishing. Leonard Hamilton at Miami and Billy Donovan at Florida, most prominently, are gaining footholds with home-state recruits. 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. 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 an 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. 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 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 Carolina State. They then dominated Saint Louis and routed UCLA before beating top-seeded Duke in the regional championship game by overcoming a 1 7-point deficit. STANFORD'S ROAD TO SAN ANTONIO: The Cardinal - that's singular as in reference to the school's primary color - were seeded Sheppard No. 3 in the 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 sluefest. 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 Interac- ; tive: www.GoPBI.comSport-' sTown 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 your bloodied lip off the floor. The "The construction of the Lazzara 76 is what you'd expect, given the Lazzara family's tradition of excellence".. .Robb Report 'This yacht matches the quality and excellence of the products of any of the world's major yacht builders, U.S., European, or Far Eastern"...Southern Boating Cardinal, epitomized by 6-foot-8, 235-pound sophomore forward Mike Madsen, take a rough-and-tumble approach to basketball Got News 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 i and force opponents into dealing with all the Madsen nasty stuff. L LAZA KENTUCKY SAYS: "The score is going to be 0- YACHTS 0 when the game starts. It doesn't matter how many times Call for an appointment Kentucky has been to the Final Four (13) or how many Stanford (813)835-5300 JiJ?n Beach H m if ! i on (Mi II ID) (())INK II vi ;; (!,; has made (two)." Sheppard on his team's perceived advantage in experience. STANFORD SAYS: "It's just what we are. It's what we do. You 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) TIME: 30 minutes after first game ends (about 8 p.m.) TV: WPEC-12, WFOR-4 LINE: North Carolina by 8V2. NORTH CAROLINA'S ROAD TO SAN ANTONIO: The Tar Heels, out of 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 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 Francisco before slipping past Arkansas and escaping West Virginia by a combined margin of nine points. But the signature victory in the tournament, by any team, was Utah's systematic 76-51 dismantling of defending national champion Arizona to 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 acrobatic 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. (1 0 0 U T IK fK 0 0 M )X( )X( V (( ',N50 0 (In II II W Y IfuinvjirK n iilOfftui rtf-'ift lif.iii im m 'HUH 'rttoiPf iilltii IfjiinjJf iriiflH 'M.utl i- mi- nil' ifjij ifcnn n m 75 ill1 in Mtijir 'Mm f , -' 9 UTAH: The Utes are a versatile bunch. 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 has carried Utah. Junior point guard Andre Miller is effective inside on offense, and the wicked complement is that 6-10 sophomore Hanno Mottola 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 VJ. -iT t ,t! Irish lUrt-ll (Jf 04V VtoiV 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 All-American last season, having completed his career. THE PICK: North Carolina 72, Utah 69 Greg Stoda X.. GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION A -V-A For CoAtlal Cruhct (tft Indudina truhe QJ 1 1 (Of . L . mm Texas delays decision on basketball coach 1 1 line service tharge 11 y 1 GRAND OnSISC SAILING SCHtDUlE accept being reassigned. , he has vowed to battle UT tnrough the courts u he is fired. Patricia Ohlendorf, UT counsel to the president who has led the 4 J0PM 10:00PM ItliOPM 3t30AM investigation, said she had hoped to announce results of the investi Sunday Af V Palm Btach Post Staff Writer 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 divulge until Monday the findings of an internal investigation that a source close to the UT athletic council says implicates Penders in the release of federally protected student academic information and will result in his reassignment According to a standard provision in Penders' contract, on 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 gation yesterday but the logistics could not be worked out Penders and athletic director DeLoss Dodds planned to be in San Antonio this weekend to attend Final Four festivities. Roy Minton, Penders attorney, did not return phone calls. Among the most damning pieces of evidence discovered by the university's investigation, the source said, are phone records that reveal Penders placed a call to Eddie Oran minutes before the assistant coach sent a facsimile of freshman Luke Axtell's grade-progress report to an Austin radio station last week.