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6 - MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2004 SPORTS THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL COLLEGE BASKETBALL With fields mapped out, March Madness set to kick in Kentucky overall No. 1 seed in men's NCAA tournament By MICHAEL MAROT The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Kentucky was selected the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament field Sunday, joined on top of the brackets by Duke, Stanford and Saint Joseph's. Kentucky will be the top seed in the St. Louis regional, while Duke is in the Atlanta regional, Stanford in the Phoenix regional and Saint Joseph's in the East Rutherford regional. The St. Louis and East Rutherford regional winners will meet in the national semifinals. The tournament begins Tuesday night with the play-in game in Dayton, Ohio, between Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Florida A&M (14-16) and Patriot League champion Lehigh (2010). That winner will play on Friday in Columbus, Ohio, against Kentucky (26-4), the Southeastern Conference champion and a No. 1 seed for the second straight year. The other top seeds in Kentucky's regional are Gonzaga at No. 2, Georgia Tech and Kansas. Saint Joseph's, which won its first 27 games before losing by 20 points to Xavier in the Atlantic 10 tournament, opens play in Buffalo, N.Y., on Thursday against Liberty. The other top seeds in the regional are Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. The effect of the Hawks' blowout loss was one of the big questions heading into Selection Sunday. "That was very heavily debated," tournament selection committee chairman Bob Bowlsby said. "We came into the process with seven, eight, nine teams that could have been a No. I. "We had a lot of scenarios unfolding. A lot with Saint Joseph's on the top line and some with others on the top line." Oklahoma State was one team that could have replaced Saint Joseph's as a No. 1 seed. But the Cowboys' Big 12 championship game Sunday, a victory over llth-ranked Texas, began too late to be a factor in the selection. Duke (27-5), which lost to Maryland in overtime in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, is a No. 1 seed for the sixth time in seven years. The Blue Devils had been the overall No. 1 until losing to Maryland, Bowlsby said. Duke opens against Alabama State on Thursday in Raleigh, N.C. The No. 2 seed in the Atlanta regional is Mississippi State followed by Texas and Cincinnati. Pac-10 champion Stanford (29-1) meets Texas-San Antonio on Thursday in Seattle. The other top seeds in the regional are Connecticut, North Carolina State and Maryland. Maryland, the 2002 NCAA champion, was a team considered on the bubble two weeks ago, but the Terrapins' run through the Nos. 3, 2 and 1 seeds in the ACC moved them to a No. 4 seed. Arizona continues the longest current appearance streak. The Wildcats have been in every NCAA tournament since 1985. Indiana had the second-longest streak — since 1986 — but that's over. The Hoosiers were joined by college basketball powers Georgetown, UCLA and St. John's on the sideline this year. Tennessee gets top seed in women's tourney By CHUCK SCHOFFNER The Associated Press For once, Connecticut did not quite measure up with the best in women's basketball. Tennessee earned the top overall seed in the NCAA women's tournament Sunday and will play in the Midwest Regional. Duke (Mideast), Penn State (East) and Texas (West) received the other No. 1 seeds. And what of Connecticut, winner of the last two NCAA championships and three of the last four? No. 2 in the East. "We didn't win enough games, I guess," coach Geno Auriemma said. Tennessee and Duke, the top-ranked team in The Associated Press poll, had been considered locks to be seeded No. 1. Penn State and Texas edged Purdue and Connecticut for the two other spots. "It was exciting this year because we had more teams to consider for No. Is," said Cheryl Marra, who chairs the selection committee. "For the first time we had a larger pool, which is exciting for the game, but made it very difficult for the committee." In the end, Marra said Connecticut could not match the credentials of the four who were seeded No. 1. The Huskies (25-4) had been in line for a No. 1 until losing to Villanova in their next-to-last regular season game and then getting upset by Boston College in the semifinals of the Big East tournament. Duke was ranked second among the No. 1 seeds, followed by Penn State and Texas. Purdue was the top No. 2, with Connecticut next. This is the first time that UConn has not been a No. 1 seed since 1998, when as a No. 2 it was upset by North Carolina State in the East Regional final, "Taking a look at (Connecticut's) full body of work, when you put it up to the other schools being considered, the other four we believe had a better overall performance this year," said Marra, senior associate athletic director at Wisconsin. Tennessee (26-3) received its 15th No. 1 seed in 17 years after winning the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship at 14-0 and playing the nation's toughest schedule. The Lady Vols have 18 victories over teams that made the NCAA tournament, including a 72-69 win at top-ranked Duke. Duke (27-3) won the ACC regular-season and tournament championships, while Texas (28-4) shared the Big 12 title with Kansas State and finished second in the conference tournament. The Longhorns also went 2-1 against the other No. 1 seeds, beating Duke and Tennessee and losing to Penn State. Penn State (25-5) lost to Purdue in the championship game of the Big Ten tournament, but beat the Boilermakers twice during the season and played a challenging schedule that included a 20-point win over Texas. Now the Lady lions face a challenging road to get to the Final Four in New Orleans. They could play eighth-seeded Virginia Tech on Tech's home floor in the second round and have a potential meeting with Connecticut at the Hartford Civic Center in the regional final. COLLEGE BASKETBALL I MARYLAND 95, NO. 5 DUKE 87, OT Terrapins upset Blue Devils By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press GREENSBORO, N.C. — So many terrific Maryland teams never won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Leave it to the unlikeliest bunch of Terrapins to finally end a 20-year drought. Maryland capped an improbable run through the tournament Sunday by beating No. 5 Duke 95-87 in overtime, ending the top-seeded Blue Devils' run at five straight championships. It was the first ACC tournament title for the sixth-seeded Terrapins (19-11) since 1984, when Len Bias and coach Lefty Driesell beat Duke. Maryland had been to just one final since then, in 2000 when the Blue Devils were in the early stages of their tournament dominance. Duke (27-5) came into the tournament looking for its record sixth consecutive title and 15th overall. Instead, the Blue Devils took their first ACC postseason loss since 1998 — snapping a streak of 17 straight wins. They also might have cost themselves a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Maryland had tournament MVP John Gilchrist to thank for that. The sophomore guard put together a terrific three-game stretch to help the Terps beat the Nos. 3, 2 and 1 seeds. Gilchrist made the game- winning free throw in.a quarterfinal win over No. 15 Wake Forest, he scored a career-high 30 points in a semifinal win over North Carolina State and capped it with 26 points against Duke on 10-of-20 shooting. His driving layup with 20 seconds to play in regulation drew the fifth foul on Duke's Shelden Williams — his main competition for tournament MVP — and the ensuing free throw tied the game at 77 and ensured overtime. Stanford Continued from Page 5 Syracuse plays 12th-seeded BYU and Maryland faces No. 13UTEP. "We're ready to play," Orangemen coach Jim Boeheim said. "We've been in the tournament. We know what it's like. We're not going to be afraid of it. "Everything we did last year we've been very proud of. It's obviously been a great thing, and for a little bit longer we're going to be the defending national champions. We've got to try to extend that for as long as we can." The Terrapins (19-11) shocked Duke 95-87 in overtime for the ACC tournament title earlier Sunday, boosting their position and ending the Blue Devils' streak of five straight conference tourney championships. And Stanford realizes what it's up against. While Childress expressed some disappointment in not being the top of the top seeds, point guard Chris Hernandez looked at the situation a little differently. "The first initial response is that they're disrespecting us," Hernandez said of the selection committee. "But until we prove we can win in the tournament, maybe they're right. There's no use blaming anybody." Calhoun appreciates the balance of the bracket. "Like everybody else, you're going to have to play well, hit the right teams and hit them the right away," he said. "The bracket's fair for everybody. I don't see any overloading." The other first-round game at Key Arena pits No. 8 Alabama (17-12) against ninth-seeded Southern Illinois (25-4). Seventh-seeded DePaul (21-9) plays No. 10 Dayton (24-8) in Buffalo. At Orlando, No. 3 North Carolina State (20-9), making its third straight NCAA appearance, plays 14th-seeded Louisiana Lafayette (20-8) and sixth-seeded Vanderbilt (21-9) meets No. 11 seed Western Michigan (26-4). "We already heard on television today two guys said they liked Western Michigan. They hardly had time to speak and they liked Western Michigan," Vandy coach Kevin Stallings said. "Obviously, there's already a bunch of people who think they'll beat us. By the time Friday gets here, we'll probably be severe underdogs." N 6 ft ft M6nS basketball tournament 2004 Aft A ft T* I ii'iAfiiortitij Monmouth 15 PHOENIX E . RUTHERFORD EAST imsinniiNn isFMiHimniiNn March JO Or 21 March 22 or 23 IPsimSL l*BttiJ7«nd2» Women's iMHiniiiuiii.iiimMlJffll.Til March 22 or 29 MOTH Mot! 8 Virginia Tech 5 Noire Dome . ..iouinwaii 4 North Carolina 13 Middle Tenn. 6 Colorado uu-santa 3 Houston 7 Auburn lOralSruiqt 2 Connecticut 15 Pennsylvania ' ' • MIDEAST II • 1 1 ; M ilfiTTFTiW 1,1 1 H i ] ; 1 1 lilUHJhJ basketball tournament 2004 Hartford, Conn. E 6 1 0 N •••rniniTTrc^^M SEMIHWLS SEMffiNALS N«w Orleans New Orleans April 4 April 4 M r$? 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A m US Instilling Goodness Elementary and Developing Virtue Secondary Schools Instilling Goodness Elementary and Developing Virtue Secondary Schools (IGDVS) offer a unique KT 12 education that helps students to develop moral character as well as fulfill their academic potential. Every week we publish answers to questions or articles by students or faculty. Readers may submit questions by writing to: Heng Yin, Instilling Goodness School, 2001 Talmage Road, Ukiah, CA 95482. Questions Wliat is the discipline philosophy of the schools? Answer: The schools believe in positive discipline. Students are encouraged to become self- disciplined and self-motivated. When a student has difficulty following the rules, he or she is spoken to individually by the teacher or administrator, who guides him or her to reflect and realize the negative effects of his or her behavior and to change. If a student continues to misbehave, consequences may include losing privileges, detention, and service. The school disapproves of using violence or humiliation to discipline students. Question: Do many students at the schools plan to enter monastic life? Answer: Only a tiny percentage of our students consider becoming monks or nuns. Some of them are not even Buddhists. The school's emphasis is on developing good moral character, which is the toundation for following any spiritual path. Students are taught to respect Buddhism and other religions different than their own. They participate in Buddhist ceremonies, but the focus is on respect for their own compassionate natures. Question: Why do students and families who are not Buddhist choose this school? Answer: Students often are looking for more of an academic challenge, a broader cultural perspective, or a learning atmosphere that is more conducive to study because there are fewer distractions. Some students appreciate the emphasis on kindness and respect—not only for other people but for animals. Some students like the peaceful, natural campus or the vegetarian meals. Parents are attracted to the schools' mission of instilling values such as finality (respect and appreciation for parents and elders) and citizenship (service to the community). They know their children \vill be saTe and protected m our environment. Question: What do the schools expect from parents? Answer: Parents who chose our schools must accept and support the mission and ideals of the school. We welcome parents' participation and value their ideas and suggestions. Local parents are expected to attend PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) meetings and participate in PTO-sponsored programs throughout the year. Active parent participation is essential to the well-being of the schools. Parents are expected to volunteer at least 20 hours each academic year in some school-related program or activity. In addition to sending children to school ready to learn and providing a quiet environment for homework to be done at home, parents are asked to minimize children's exposure to electronic media as much as possible. We seek to educate parents about the harmful effects that television watching, video game playing, and unguided Internet access can have on children.

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