FIRST- AND SECOND-ROUND GAMES
at Spokane (Wash.) Arena
THURSDAY & SATURDAY | TICKETS: SOLD OUT
Atlantic 10 champion
Record: 25-5 (14-2). Past 10: 9-1.
Coach: Oliver Purnell (0-2 in NCAAs).
G Mark Jones, 6-1, Soph. (7.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.4 apg)
G Ramod Marshall, 6-2, Jr. (11.8 ppg, 4.7 apg, 2.2 rpg)
G Brooks Hall, 6-6, Sr. (13.3 ppg, 7 rpg, 67 3-pt.)
F Keith Waleskowski, 6-9, Jr. (12.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 54.6 FG%)
C Sean Finn, 6-11, Jr. (9.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 70.0 FG%)
F Nate Green, 6-6, Sr. (6.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 41.7 FG%)
F D.J. Stelly, 6-4, Sr. (7.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 71.4 FT%)
G Warren Williams, 6-0, Fr. (2 ppg, 1.1 apg, 69.6 FT%)
Data: Purnell is on his way to bringing the Flyers back to the level of success they enjoyed during the 1950s and '60s. This is Dayton's fourth consecutive 20-win season. The Flyers went 2-3 against ranked teams with wins against Marquette and Saint Joseph's and losses to Duke and Xavier (twice). They are a balanced, unselfish team that has solid guards and strong post players. Dayton, which led the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage (44.8 percent), is not a great free throw shooting team. The Flyers make only 68 percent of their foul shots. They are a strong rebounding team. Dayton grabbed an average of 8.2 more rebounds than its opponents.
Record: 22-9 (12-6). Past 10: 9-1.
Coach: John Phillips (1-1 in NCAAs).
G Dante Swanson, 5-10, Sr. (15.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.0 apg)
G Jason Parker, 6-2, Jr. (15.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 44% 3-pt. FG)
F Jarius Glenn, 6-6, Soph. (9.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 53% FG)
F Charlie Davis, 6-7, Sr. (5.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 56% FG)
F Kevin Johnson, 6-8, Sr. (14.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.3 bpg)
F Marqus Ledoux, 6-8, Sr. (4.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 46% FG)
F Anthony Price, 6-8, Fr. (2.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 41% FG)
Data: The Golden Hurricane won the NIT two years ago and nearly upset Kentucky in the NCAA tourney's second round last season. Three senior starters returned from those teams, but Tulsa depends on a trio of true freshmen as three of the four main options off the bench. Phillips, who has won nearly 50 games in two seasons, joins coaching alums Nolan Richardson, Tubby Smith and Bill Self in leading the Hurricane to success. Tulsa rebounded to make the field this season despite a 1-4 stretch in conference play in January and February. The team's nine losses were by an average of just six points, and none of its three victories en route to the conference tournament title were by less than 10.
Big Ten at-large
Record: 22-7 (12-4). Past 10: 7-3.
Coach: Bo Ryan (1-1 in NCAAs).
G Devin Harris, 6-3, Soph. (12.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 40.2% 3-pt. FG)
G Freddie Owens, 6-2, Jr. (10.9 ppg, 83% FT, 1.9 rpg)
F Kirk Penney, 6-5, Sr. (16.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.0 apg)
F Mike Wilkinson, 6-8, Soph. (9.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.0 bpg)
F Alando Tucker, 6-9, Fr. (12.4 ppg, 53% FG, 5.9 rpg)
C Dave Mader, 6-11, Jr. (2.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 46% FG)
G Boo Wade, 6-3, Fr. (3.3 ppg, 2.0 apg, 1.9 rpg)
F Andreas Helmigk, 6-9, Fr. (1.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 56% FG)
Data: Wisconsin's trademark under Ryan remains fundamental basketball -- the Badgers ranked in the nation's top five in scoring defense (59 ppg), fewest turnovers (10.5) and fewest fouls (14.5) per game. Not many coaches have Ryan's track record -- he owns the nation's best winning percentage among active coaches with 15 seasons of experience and four Division III titles. A victory against Illinois in the regular season finale gave the second-year coach consecutive Big Ten titles, a first at Wisconsin since 1923-24. Before that win, the Badgers lost by double digits to three of their toughest foes (vs. Wake Forest, at Marquette, at Purdue).
Big Sky champion
Record: 26-5 (14-0). Past 10: 10-0.
Coach: Joe Cravens (first NCAAs).
G Jermaine Boyette, 6-2, Sr. (20.1 ppg, 3.4 apg, 1.8 spg)
G John Hamilton, 6-3, Jr. (11.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.6 apg)
F Nic Sparrow, 6-4, Jr. (10 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.7 apg)
F Slobodan Ocokoljic, 6-8, Jr. (15.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.9 apg)
C Stephan Bachman, 6-10, Sr. (7.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 55 FG%)
G Brad Barton, 6-3, Sr. (3.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.8 apg)
G Stevie Morrison, 6-0, Sr. (4.1 ppg, 2 rpg, 1.1 apg)
F Pat Danley, 6-8, Sr. (5.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg)
Data: With a 17-game win streak (second-longest in the country), and by being one of just three teams with a spotless conference record, the Wildcats would have made an intriguing case to become the first Big Sky team to earn an at-large bid -- if the selection committee could forgive a loss to Division II Alaska-Fairbanks. The Wildcats removed any doubt, however, by winning their conference tournament. Boyette led the team in scoring 18 times, including a 37-point outburst in a victory over BYU, and has Wildcats fans reminiscing about Harold "the Sheaux" Arceneaux, who led Weber past North Carolina and nearly Florida in the 1999 NCAAs.