Page 6 Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Monday, March 14, 1988 Sports The Road To Kansas Citv First Round Second Round Regionals Semifinals National Semifinals Championship Regionals Second Round First Round Purdue Arizona South Bend, Ind. March 17 & 19 Salt Lake City March 17 & 19 j owa Seattle, Wash. March 25 & 27 PontiacMich. March 25 & 27 March 18 & 20 March 18 & 20 Wyoming North Carolin Kansas City Missouri April 2 Kansas City Missouri April 2 Kansas City Missouri April 4 Hartford. Conn. Georgia Tech March 18&20 March 17 & 19 Louisville East Rutherford, N.J. March 24 & 26 Birmingham, Ala. March 24 &26 SOUTHEAST vuianova Chapel Hill, N.C. Cincinnati, Ohio So. Methodist March 17 & 19 March 18 & 20 Maryland No Home Cooking This Year KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - There'll be no home cooking in this year's NCAA basketball tournament. "The process was just excellent this year," committee chairman Arnie Ferrin said Sunday. "We've had some years when we were filling things in as we came down the hallway to be at this news conference. But I believe it's the cleanest bracket we've had in my five years on the committee." "I think everyone is happy," said Jim Delany, commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference and a member of the nine-man panel that unveiled the 64-team bracket after four days of closed-door meetings. "It was a tough four days." As expected, the top four teams in the Associated Press poll captured the No. 1 seeds in the four regionals — Temple in the East, Purdue in the Midwest, Arizona in the West and Oklahoma in the Southeast. But, in something of a surprise, Notre Dame and North Carolina both will be far away when first-round games are played this weekend NCAA Tournament on their home floors. Notre Dame, one of two independents in the field, will be at Chapel Hill, N.C, to battle SMU in the East Regional. North Carolina travels to Salt Lake City for a meeting with North Texas State in the West. Teams playing first and second-round games on their home floor in recent years has been one of the most stinging controversies the committee has weathered. "We do not have any home-court advantages. It's as simple as that," Ferrin said. "In addition, we tried to eliminate conferences playing against any conference member before their regional. We tried to eliminate any replays of late-season games, whether independents or conference members. Because the process went smoothly, we were able to look at all those details." Oklahoma is the only top seed shipped out of its natural geographic region. "In the seeding process, Temple was the No. 1 seed in the East," Ferrin said. "Arizona was the No. 1 seed in the West and Purdue is obviously seeded ahead of Oklahoma, and that's why Oklahoma went to the Southeast." The inevitable complaints arose from 20-victory teams that were left out, notably Arkansas-Little Rock, 24-6, Georgia Southern, 24-6, and New Mexico, 20-13, all of whom accepted invitations to the NIT. The poorest record in the NCAA field belongs to Louisiana State, 16-13. "LSU played 14 games against top 50 opponents, a very difficult schedule," Ferrin said. "We base at-large candidacies on won-loss record, strength of schedule and strength of opponent schedule. And when your strength of schedule is that good...." The Big East leads the conferences with six tournament teams, tying the Big Ten record. OP 20 ROUNDUP Associated Press Kentucky's Ed Da vender (15) grabs rebound Associated Press 4-^a^OMA887KANSASST. 83 Stacey King scored 34 points to give Oklahoma the Big Eight Conference tournament title with a 8-83 victory over Kansas State Sunday. King, named the tournament's most valuable player, scored 10 points down the stretch to snuff a Kansas N08 DUKE 65, NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 61 Danny Ferry's follow shot with 1:25 left and Quin Snyder's two free throws with four seconds remaining led Duke, 24-6, over North Carolina and gave the Blue Devils their second Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title in three seasons. In beating North Carolina, 24-6, for the third time this season, Duke rallied on the strength of its defense and the weakness of a North Carolina offense which got little production from its inside tandem of J.R. Reid, who finished with seven points, and Scott Williams, who had eight. Syracuse, last year's runner-up in the NCAA tournament, won its second Big East tournament title behind 25 points by Stephen Thompson and 24 by Sherman Douglas. Syracuse led by five points at halftime, and the closest Villanova could get in the second half was 62-56 with 5:14 left. The Orangemen's only previous Big East tournament title came in 1981, when they beat Villanova in triple overtime. _______________ .__ Herbert Crook scored 24 points as Louisville won its second Metro tournament in three years. Memphis State rallied in the second half to take a 42-40 lead on Elliot Perry's basket. But the Cardinals went on a 14-2 run to regain control of the game. Louisville improved to 22-10, while Memphis State dropped to 19-11^ _ ___ NO. 3 ARIZONA 93, OREGON ST767 Sean Elliot scored 20 points and Anthony Cook added 19 for the Wildcats 31-2, who won the Pacific Ten title. Oregon State fell to 20-10. Arizona's 31 victories broke the Pac-10 record of 30 setby UCLA in 1972-73. ____ Rex Chapman scored four of his 23 points in the final 16 seconds to spark Kentucky. Georgia, playing for the fourth day in a row, led the Wildcats much of the game before Winston Bennett's short jumper gave Kentucky the lead for good at 58-57. Kato Armstrong scored 23 points as Southern Methodist won its first SV/C tournament and set a school record with its 27th victory against six losses. The defeat snapped a 10-game winning streak for Baylor, 23-9. Michael Williams scored 31 points for Baylor, including 21 on 3-point shots. ________ Grant Long had 29 points and 12 rebounds to lead Eastern Michigan, 22-7, to the Mid-American Conference championship. Ohio finished the season 15-14. Byron Larkin scored 38 points as Xavier won the Midwestern Collegiate Conference tournament for the third straight year. The Musketeers, 26-3, have won 15 straight games. English Leads Nuggets To Win Over Pacers INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Alex English, who recently missed two NBA games for the first time in his 11-year career, is healthy, and that's good news for the Denver Nuggets. "Wasn't he fantastic? That's the English we've come to expect," said Denver Coach Doug Moe after seeing the 6-foot-7 forward make 12 of 14 shots in the second half, giving him 36 points as the Nuggets beat Indiana 108-100. "I needed to do that," said English, who brought a 24.8 average into the game. "I've been off the last few games." English was making his fifth start after missing two games with a strained right calf, which he injured Feb. 26. He had only 12 points in the first half, making only 2 of 11 shots from the field while hitting on all eight of his free throws. "The first half I was having trouble on my jump shot. That made it kind of tough," English said after helping Denver snap a three-game losing streak. "This was a key game for us. It was necessary for us to get back on Nuggets 108 Pacers 100 track to our winning ways. We're a very good team, and losing three in a row, that's not us." Denver took the lead for good late in the first half and was protecting a 56-53 edge at halftime. English then scored 14 in the third quarter, making all seven of his shots, as the opened an 84-70 lead with 2:54 left in the quarter. Indiana made only eight of 24 in the period and never drew closer than six again. With the Pacers challenging at 101-95 with 2:17 to play, English scored two straight baskets to give the Nuggets a 105-96 advantage with 1:04 left. "It was our defense, basically it is our defense that does it," Moe said. "If we don't create turnovers (Indiana had 21), we're not going to bust away from a team. We can't do it offensively, because we're not that good a shooting team. "But, if you turn it over and we Cardinals' Move Main Topic At NFL Meeting Associated Press Danny Schayes (R) screams after rebounding score easy layups at the other diana with 29, made his 10th end, then we're going to be po int O f the final period to pull successful. r Way man Tisdale, who led In- Indiana to within six. PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - The city is waiting to celebrate, the team and its officials are impatient and the NFL owners are, as usual, biding their time in giving the St. Louis Cardinals the final approval for their move here. The NFL winter meetings formally begin today with the Cardinals' proposed move one of the agenda items. Whether the owners will get to it, however, is another matter. The impatience is showing on both sides. "People out here have received us so warmly and we're not even in a position to be received yet," Bob Rose, director of public relations for the Cardinals, said. The matter of the Cardinals could come up during an afternoon executive session of the owners. Although a civic group from St. Louis is expected to make a last-minute pitch to avert the switch, it seems unlikely that the Cardinals won't get the 21 necessary votes from the 28 teams. Unlike Robert Irsay, who moved the Colts from Baltimore to Indianapolis, and Al Davis, who moved the Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles, Cards owner William Bidwill is considered a part of the league establishment. Moreover, several owners note that Bidwill has spent three years justifying his reasons for the move — unlike Irsay and Davis, who moved without permission. There was a half-day session Sunday of club executives that dealt primarily with marketing, ticket sales and other procedural matters. But there was considerable discussion outside the room on the key pre-meeting development, the Washington Redskins $6 million, 5-year offer to Chicago linebacker Wilber Marshall that marks the league's first major move toward free agency in more than a decade. While the teams involved, the Redskins and Bears, had little to say about the Marshall issue, others did and they were ambivalent.
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