UCLA coach Gene Bartow is rightfully concerned about Idaho State's talents. A huge front line that includes 7-0 Steve Hayes will allow Idaho State to zone the Bruins, a strategy Louisville used so effectively against them in the first round.
The Bruins haven't played well in recent games, slowing to a lethargic walk against Louisville until guard Brad Holland provided a spark in the late going. Another Bartow concern is Marques Johnson's bad tooth, which is paining the all-America.
If UCLA's outside shooting is inconsistent, Idaho State will stay in the zone all game and control the boards. And that will hinder the Bruins' fast break, which makes Bartow's team go. He knows UCLA does not look good in a deliberate game. Nevada-Las Vegas (26-2) vs. Utah (22-6)
A mismatch on paper, this game could be a surprise, especially if Utah, the nation's No. 2 shooting team, has as hot a hand as in the first meeting between the two. In that one, Utah shot 70 per cent in the first half and hung on to win, 100-96.
Las Vegas players claim they took Utah too lightly for that one -- Utah is hardly imposing physically -- but the Rebels certainly shouldn't make the same mistake again.
More important to their cause, however, will be how they control guard Jeff Jonas and forward Jeff Judkins, Utah's best players. Stop them and Las Vegas should breeze.