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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 8

Logansport, Indiana
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Monday, March 28, 1988
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PageS Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Monday, March 28, 1988 Sports Finalists: Arizona, Oklahoma, Duke, Kansas Tourney climax in Kansas City Associated Press It's final. The four are Arizona, Oklahoma, Duke and Kansas. These four teams will battle for college basketball's national championship next Saturday and Monday at Kansas City. Second-ranked Arizona brought the Pacific-10 Conference back to the Final Four for the first time since UCLA was there in 1980, while No. 4 Oklahoma and Kansas gave the Big Eight dual representation for the first time. "We've said all year long we're not carrying the banner for anybody but Arizona," Wildcats Coach Lute Olson said, referring to frequent criticism that the Pac-10 has been weak since UCLA fell from national prominence. The trip is the first for Arizona but second for Olson, who took Iowa to the Final Four in 1980, when it lost to Louisville in the semifinals. Fifth-ranked Duke has been to the Final Four six times, but has never won a national championship. Arizona got to the Final Four by beating No. 7 North Carolina 70-52 for the West Regional championship Sunday. In the day's other game, Kansas beat No. 20 Kansas State 71-58 for the Midwest title. On Saturday, Duke upset No. 1 Temple 63-53 to win the East Regional, and Oklahoma defeated Villanova 78-59 in the Southeast Regional. Arizona, 35-2, plays Oklahoma, 34-3, and Kansas, 25-11, meets Duke, 28-6, in next Saturday's semifinals. other than UCLA since Oregon State went in 1963. "It was fun to be in the final five," North Carolina Coach Dean Smith said. "We were the last team eliminated. But we don't feel very good, and maybe we should. We did better than anyone else. They only beat us by 18, not by 20." Tom Tolbert scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half for Arizona, which has won 15 in a row. Olson, now one victory short of 300 for his 20-year career, becomes the eighth coach to guide two different teams to the Final Four. , All-American • forward Sean Elliott, voted the outstanding player of the regional, led Arizona with 24 points and teamed with frontcourt mates Tolbert and Anthony Cook to hold North Carolina All-American forward J.R. Reid to 10 points. MIDWEST No. 2 Arizona 70, No. 7 N. Carolina 52 Arizona, which failed for the first time in the tournament to win by at least 20 points, is the first Pacific-10 Conference team in the Final Four Kansas 71, No. 20 Kansas State 58 Danny Manning scored 20 points and got some help from his supporting players to lead Kansas into the Final Four for the eighth time, fourth- highest total in tournament history. Scooter Barry, son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, scored a career-high 15 points for Kansas after averaging just 2.8 during the season. And Milt Newton had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while holding Kansas State's Mitch Richmond to 11 points, nearly 12 below his average. "When I looked around the locker room, an awful lot of kids gave us an opportunity to go to Kansas City," Kansas Coach Larry Brown said. The last time Kansas went to the Final Four, in 1986, the Jayhawks also played Duke in the semifinals, losing 71-67. Kansas lost to Duke earlier this season, 74-70 in overtime. Associated Press Arizona's Sean Elliott (R) wins rebound battle vs. North Carolina Nil's Final Four Add Sparkle To Seasons NEW YORK (AP) - The cover of the Colorado State basketball media guide features a picture of Coach Boyd Grant and the exclamation, "Boyd'sBack!" The same slogan could apply to the National Invitation Tournament. Grant, who won the NIT with Fresno State in 1983, will pit his Rams against Ohio State in the opener of Tuesday night's semifinals as the tournament reaches its Madison Square Garden stage. The other semifinal has Boston College and Connecticut in a matchup of the Big East's seventh- and ninth-place teams. "It's the biggest thing that ever happened to our school," Grant said of the 64-49 victory over Arkansas State last Friday that brought the Rarns to New York. "It's bigger than New Year's Eve." Grant, 54, left Fresno State after the 1986 season and sat out a year before returning to his alma mater this season. The Rams, 21-12, finished in a tie for fifth in the Western Athletic Conference but have outlasted the four WAC teams that made the NCAA Tournament field. The same is true of Ohio State, sixth in the Big Ten, and Connecticut and Boston Col- NIT Roundup lege, who remain alive while the conference's six NCAA invitees have gone home. Boston College, 18-13, was the last team to qualify, getting 24 points from Dana Barros and 17 points and 17 rebounds from Steve Benton to beat Middle Tennessee 78-69 Saturday night. Connecticut beat Virginia Commonwealth 71-62 and Ohio State beat New Mexico 68-65 Friday night. ., Dawson Gets 2-Year Deal With Cubs MESA, Ariz.(AP) — Andre Dawson, the National League's 1987 Most Valuable Player, has gotten his wish for a two-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to published reports. The tentative $4 million agreement was reached late Sunday between Dawson's agent, Dick Moss, and team management. Dawson, 33, had said earlier he would stay with the Cubs regardless of his possible free-agent status — if he could sign a two-year contract. In today's editions, The Chicago Sun-Times said an agreement was reached late Sunday night between Moss and Cubs business chief Donald Grenesko after a long weekend bargaining session here. Quoting unidentified sources, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune said the agreement calls for two guaranteed seasons at $4 million for Dawson, with an option for a third year, reportedly for more than $2 million or a buyout of more than $500,000. Dawson was awarded a $1.85 million, one-year contract with the Cubs under arbitration on Feb. 14, but the right-fielder has said he wanted a multi-year deal. A question mark for the Cubs concerning Dawson is the Collusion II case awaiting a ruling by arbitrator George Nicolau. A different arbitrator, Tom Roberts, ruled in a similar case that seven players could be granted modified free agency. A similar ruling from Nicolau could make Dawson a free agent as early as midseason, which would technically allow him to leave Chicago for another team. RealTbros. Sane '7II.W Mode! 20695 •1-orlf21' self-fropelled BBC, Easy-Empty Rear Hugger. ' Special purchase makes these low prices possible. Hurry! 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