* WHEN: Tonight, 7:40 p.m. No TV.


* RECORDS: Top seed Arkansas (33-3) is 8-2 against teams in the tournament field. Alabama (23-9) is 5-7 against the field and is the fourth seed in the Southeast Region.

* COACHES: Arkansas' Nolan Richardson is 258-91 in 11 years, with one Final Four trip in seven NCAA tournament appearances. Alabama's Wimp Sanderson is 338-108 in 11 years, with six trips to the regional semifinals.


* PLAYERS TO WATCH: Arkansas' Todd Day (20.3 points) and Lee Mayberry (16th in the country in steals) are among the top three backcourts in the country, though Day can play small forward. Alabama's Melvin Cheatum (16.6 points, 7.6 rebounds) and Robert Horry (11.7, 7.8) are an effective frontcourt tandem.

* SCOUTING REPORT: The Razorbacks seem to have too much firepower and too much depth for the Crimson Tide, though if Cheatum and Horry can control the boards and Alabama can slow the tempo, it could make it interesting.


* WHEN: Tonight, approximately 10 p.m., Ch. 11.

* RECORDS: Second seed Indiana (29-4) is 6-4 against the NCAA tournament field. Kansas (24-7), the third seed, is 3-3 against the field.

* COACHES: Indiana's Bob Knight is 561-202 in 26 years, with three national championships in 15 NCAA tournament appearances. Roy Williams of Kansas is 71-24 in three years and is making his second NCAA trip.

* PLAYERS TO WATCH: Indiana forward Calbert Cheaney had a breakout season (21.6 points, 5.0 rebounds) and is the Hoosiers' go-to man. Kansas' Mark Randall, a 6-9 senior, mans the inside (15.8, 5.9), while senior Terry Brown (16.7 points) and sophomore Adonis Jordan (12.1 points, 4.8 assists) control the flow on the perimeter.

* SCOUTING REPORT: The two Southeast Regional teams look a lot alike: neither has a dominant big man and both are deep. During the preseason, Knight invited Williams to Bloomington to watch his team and pick his brain for coaching ideas. Will it help Williams? Probably not.



* WHEN: Tonight, 8:10 p.m., Ch. 11.

* RECORDS: Arizona (28-6), the second seed in the West Regional, is 10-3 against the tournament field. Third seed Seton Hall (24-8) is 7-6 against the field.

* COACHES: Arizona's Lute Olson is 381-161 in 18 years, with two Final Four trips in 12 NCAA tournament appearances. P.J. Carlesimo of Seton Hall is 222-241 in 16 years, and has made one trip to the Final Four in three tournament appearances.

* PLAYERS TO WATCH: Center Anthony Avent (18.5 points, 10.5 rebounds) and guard Oliver Taylor (10.9 points) provide the experience, while sophomore guard Terry Dehere is the leader of the Pirates' kiddie corps. Former Maryland center Brian Williams (13.8 points, 7.7 rebounds), Sean Rooks (11.9 points) and reserve Ed Stokes form the Tucson Skyline, averaging -11.

* SCOUTING REPORT: The Pirates are playing well, especially on the defensive end, and the Wildcats are notorious for coming up short in big games.



* WHEN: Tonight, approximately 10:30, Ch. 11. Joined in progress after Indiana-Kansas.

* RECORDS: UNLV (32-0), the top seed in the West, is 6-0 against the NCAA tournament field this season. Fourth-seeded Utah (30-3), is 3-1 against the field.

* COACHES: Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV is the all-time Division I percentage leader at 597-119 in 23 years, with one national championship and three Final Four appearances in 16 trips to the NCAA tournament. Utah's Rick Majerus is 133-57 in seven years, with two NCAA tournament appearances.

* PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Rebels boast the strongest starting lineup seen in college basketball in the last 10 years, but senior All-America forwards Larry Johnson and Stacey Augmon are the fulcrums. Utah's 6-10 junior forward Josh Grant is averaging 26 points and 10.5 rebounds for the tournament.

* SCOUTING REPORT: Majerus has one of the game's best senses of humor and he'll need it after the spanking that UNLV applies to his untested Runnin' Utes.