Coming to Cole Field House


East Regional games will be played at College Park Thursday and Saturday. Tickets are on sale only in a 6-game package at $75 each. They are available at the Maryland ticket office in Cole Field House or by calling (301) 314-7070 or (800) 462-TERP. About 3,000 remained as of late last week.

North Carolina State

Record: 19-10 (8-6 in ACC, tied for third with Wake Forest)

Entry into tournament: at-large berth

Top players: Rodney Monroe, 6-3 sr. G (27.5 ppg), Chris Corchiani, 6-1 sr. G (16.0 ppg, 9.8 apg), Tom Gugliota, 6-9 jr. F (15.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg).

Season review: N.C. State defeated Georgia Tech in the opening round of the ACC tournament before losing to Duke, 93-72, in the semifinals Saturday. Rodney Monroe has twice scored more than 30 points at Cole Field House and will be playing close to his hometown of Hagerstown. The Wolfpack owns victories over North Carolina (96-91) and Duke (95-89) this season and is 13-1 at home. Its worst loss of the season was 104-72 at Virginia. N.C. State has won 9 of its past 13 games and uses basically six players. The Wolfpack likes to set up in a half-court offense and shoot 3-pointers, with a 40.1 percent from 3-point range that ranks among the top 5 teams in the country. Monroe shoots 45 percent on 3-pointers. Corchiani is the all-time NCAA career assist leader with 1,021.

Southern Mississippi

Record: 21-7 (10-4, first in Metro Conference)

Entry into tournament: at-large berth

Top players: Darrin Chancellor, 6-5, sr. G (18.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg), Clarence Weatherspoon, 6-7 jr. F (17.7 ppg, 12.3 rpg).

Season review: Southern Mississippi was 10-2 at home, 11-5 on the road, including wins over then-sixth-ranked Alabama and then-nationally ranked South Carolina. The Golden Eagles swept Louisville, Memphis State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Their biggest loss was to Louisville in the first round of the Metro Conference tournament. They won 10 straight early and have a 2-game losing streak.

Oklahoma State

Record: 22-7 (10-4, first in Big Eight)

Entry into tournament: at-large berth

Top players: Byron Houston, 6-7 jr. C (23.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg), John Potter, 6-7 sr. F (11.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg), Sean Sutton, 6-1 jr. G (10.3 points, 4.1 apg).

Season review: The Cowboys lost in semifinals of Big Eight tournament to Missouri in double overtime Saturday but have won 6 of their past 8. They lost at Iowa State in their last regular-season game. Eddie Sutton, former Kentucky coach, is in his first season at Oklahoma State, improving the team from 17-14 last season after replacing Leonard Hamilton. The Cowboys like to run when possible but are patient most of the time. Byron Houston was co-Big Eight Player of Year with Doug Smith of Missouri.

New Mexico

Record: 20-9 (10-6, third in WAC)

Entry into tournament: at-large berth

Top players: Luc Longley, 7-2 sr. C (19.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg), Rob Robins, 6-5 sr. G (14.4 ppg), Willie Banks, 6-2 jr. G (13.0 ppg, 4.1 rbg, team-high 57 steals).

Season review: The Lobos lost to Hawaii, 68-67, in the first round of the WAC tournament Thursday. They have had 3 5-game winning streaks and a 4-game losing streak. Their big win was 94-88 over New Mexico State Dec. 7 at home. New Mexico handed Utah its only regular-season conference loss, 68-62. Its biggest upset loss was to Colorado State. When Willie Banks was injured, the team didn't play as well, but Banks is healthy. The Lobos shoot 39 percent from 3-point range. Luc Longley is ranked in the top 10 nationally in rebounding.


Record: 17-11 (9-9, fifth-place tie with Iowa in Big Ten)

Entry into tournament: at-large berth

Top players: Jimmy Oliver, 6-6 sr. F (19.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Chuckie White, 6-7 sr. F (13.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg)

Season review: The Boilermakers finished with a 4-game winning streak, the first time they won the last 4 in the regular season since 1971. They have won 6 of their past 7, breaking a 5-game losing streak. At one time, they lost 7 of 8. Jimmy Oliver led the Big Ten in free-throw percentage (87.2) and Chuckie White led in rebounding (8.6). The biggest win of the season was 72-67 over Ohio State in the next-to-last game.


Record: 21-9 (15-3, second in Atlantic 10)

Entry into tournament: at-large berth

Top players: Mark Macon, 6-5 sr. G (21.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.2 spg), Mik Kilgore, 6-8 jr. F ((13.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.2 apg), Donald Hodge, 7-0 jr. C (11.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg).

Season review: This is seventh NCAA tournament appearance in nine years under John Chaney. The Owls lost to Penn State, 52-50, in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament. Their big wins include Georgia Tech at home, Villanova on the road, La Salle on the road and Clemson at home. Mark Macon is the first player to be selected first-team All-Atlantic 10 for 4 years. He is Temple's all-time leading scorer with 2,513 points.


Record: 26-5 (12-4, first in Big East)

Entry into tournament: at-large berth

Top players: Billy Owens, 6-9 jr. F (23.3 ppg, 11.7 rpg), Dave Johnson, 6-6 jr. F (19.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg), LeRon Ellis, 6-10 sr. C (11.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg).

Season review: The Orange won the Big East regular-season title outright for first time, sweeping Georgetown and Seton Hall. It beat Indiana at Maui Invitational and is 12-5 against teams in the NCAA tournament teams. Syracuse lost in the first round of Big East tournament to Villanova.


Record: 21-9 (10-4, first in CAA)

Entry into tournament: automatic bid

Top players: Curtis Blair, 6-3 jr. wing G (16.3 ppg), Kenny Wood, 6-5 soph F (14.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg), Terry Connolly, 6-5 sr. F (8.3 ppg)

Season review: The Spiders' biggest win was over Georgia Tech, 73-71, in early December. They lost to VMI in their biggest upset of season and have beaten only three teams with winning records.

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