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SATURDAY THOUGHTS
March 19, 2005

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GAME-BY-GAME GLANCE

(6) Texas Tech over (3) Gonzaga : After falling behind early and trailing by nine at the half, Bobby Knight's club came out in the second half and executed their offense much better. Ronald Ross was clutch down the stretch as Tech hung on for a two-point victory.

(1) Washington over (8) Pacific : The Huskies came out and dominated early. The Albuquerque region's top seed showed why they are a one seed by following up a big win over Montana with an 18-point victory over Pacific. UW awaits the winner of Georiga Tech/Louisville.

(6) Utah over (3) Oklahoma : The Utes are showing they are not a one-man squad. All-American center Andrew Bogut scored just ten points, but the Utes controlled the game throughout, silencing any and every OU run and cruising to a nine-point victory in Tucson.

(3) Arizona over (11) UAB : The Blazers' defense was effective early, but Arizona was able to knock down shots and take a lead into the locker room. UAB couldn't find the basket in the second half, and the Wildcats sprinted out to a big lead, eventually winning by 22.

(12) Wisconsin-Milwaukee over (4) Boston College : The Panthers continued their Cinderella run with a thrilling victory over Big East champ Boston College. UWM led most of the way, saw BC take the lead late, but never lost focus and pulled off an eight-point upset win.

(1) Illinois over (9) Nevada : The Illini grabbed the early lead and extended it late in the first half. Nevada wasn't finished, however, making the contest competitve in half number two. But Bruce Webber's top-seeded club regained focus, made some shots, and won the game by a dozen.

(2) Kentucky over (7) Cincinnati : In one of the most physical games of the Tournament so far, Kentucky was able to hold off Cincinnati as the Bearcats went cold late. UK trailed at the intermission but grabbed an early-second half lead and won the game by nine.

(7) West Virginia over (2) Wake Forest : Undoubtedly the game of the weekend so far, WVU/WF has got to be an ESPN InstantClassic. The Mountaineers fought from fourteen down, never gave up, and led by guard Mike Gansey, marched into the Sweet 16 in double-OT.

EIGHT STARS

Ronald Ross, Texas Tech : 24 PTS, 4-5 FT, 9 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL

Nate Robinson, Washington : 23 PTS, 10-14 FG, 2-3 3PT, 7 REB, 3 AST

Mike Gansey, West Virginia : 29 PTS, 9-16 FG, 2-5 3PT, 9-12 FT, 7 REB

Justin Hawkins, Utah : 20 PTS, 7-11 FG, 14 REB, 1 AST

Rajon Rondo, Kentucky : 16 PTS, 5-7 FG, 2-2 3PT, 7 AST

Joah Tucker, UW-Milwaukee : 23 PTS, 3-4 3PT, 6-7 FT, 6 AST

James Augustine, Illinois : 23 PTS, 9-11 FG, 10 REB, 4 STL

Salim Stoudamire, Arizona : 28 PTS, 5-11 3PT, 7-7 FT, 3 AST

THOUGHTS

Wow, game of the Tourney undoubtedly goes to WVU/WF. That was an incredible game that showed no quit from either side and clutch shot after clutch shot. The Mountaineers are one of the hottest teams in the land.... Speaking of hot, no one wants to defend Arizona's Salim Stoudamire right now. He's averaging over 27 points a game over his last three.... Props to Texas Tech and Bobby Knight. Like they say, it's not necessarily how good you are but instead when you get good, and right now, the Raiders are rolling.... Utah made a huge statement today. With star Andrew Bogut held to just 10 points, the Utes still controlled the game against Big XII regular season champion Oklahoma.... Looking ahead just a little, this Texas Tech/West Virginia matchup on Thursday is going to be fun to watch. Combined, the two teams have won nine of their last eleven games, and each played for its respective conference tournament title a weekend ago.... Half the Sweet 16 determined, the other half coming your way on Sunday!

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