It should be interesting to see how Bob Huggins’ three freshmen from New York – forward Devin Ebanks from Brooklyn, guard Truck Bryant from the Bronx and forward Kevin Jones from Mount Vernon – react to the pressures of the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers take on a deep Dayton team from the Atlantic 10 that was 18-0 at home, but only 5-6 on the road.
Stephen F. Austin (14) vs. Syracuse (3)
South Regional, Miami, 12:15 p.m.
The Orange, averaging 80.1 points, has finally found its form, using hot shooting from Andy Rautins and Eric Devendorf and superb point guard play from sophomore Jonny Flynn to reach the Big East finals. Syracuse will try to speed up the tempo against the Southland champion Lumberjacks, who are only giving up 55.8 points per game.