Duke: Bobby Hurley, Jr., 6-0, 160

Duke is 15-1 in the NCAA tournament with Hurley (12.9 ppg, 7.8 apg) at the point, the only loss coming to UNLV in the 1990 national title game. Hurley struggled in Duke's East Regional victories over Seton Hall and Kentucky as he committed 14 turnovers. "We are turning the ball over too much," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Bobby definitely can do better." Hurley is the best pure point guard in the nation, and a money player going back to his high school days.


Indiana: Chris Reynolds, Jr., 6-1, 186

The presence of senior Jamal Meeks and Greg Graham was supposed to lead Reynolds to redshirt this season. But after the loss to UCLA in the opener, Bob Knight changed his mind. Reynolds is only averaging 4.3 points and 3.8 assists, but Indiana doesn't need his offense. The Hoosiers need Reynolds to prevent Hurley from penetrating and dishing to his wings for open jumpers. Reynolds has the quick feet and defensive ability to give the Duke guard problems.

EDGE: Hurley


Duke: Thomas Hill, Jr., 6-5, 200

Hill (14.6 ppg) is matched against the Hoosier legend, Damon Bailey, and he'll be ready for the challenge. Hill made some big shots in the dramatic victory over Kentucky, but they were forgotten in the wake of Christian Laettner's game-winner. Hill is a leaper who plays tough defense. Where he hurts teams most -- like most of Duke's wings -- is on the offensive boards. Hill can shoot the ball, too. He has scored in double figures in nine straight games and is shooting 54 percent from the field. Hill has shot 50 percent or better in 22 games.

Indiana: Damon Bailey, So., 6-3, 195

"He's a one-of-a-kind basketball player," UCLA coach Jim Harrick said. "His fundamentals are great." Bailey (12.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg) will never be the superstar he was in high school, but he is an excellent college player. He has a 37-inch vertical leap, which he uses in posting up opposing guards. Bailey can be inconsistent, as he showed in going scoreless three times this season and being benched early by Knight. But he is another big-game player used to the pressure.


EDGE: Hill


Duke: Christian Laettner, Sr., 6-11, 250

Having won two East Regional championships with buzzer-beaters in his career, Laettner will go down as one of the game's all-time clutch players. The NABC Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year and one of only three ever to play in four Final Fours, Laettner (21.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg) deserves the edge in any matchup. One has to wonder how he will respond to the attention he has received coming off his perfect 10-for-10 feld goal, 10-for-10 free throw game against Kentucky. But this Blue Devil is too talented and too confident to believe a letdown might be in store.

Indiana: Matt Nover, Jr., 6-8, 232

This is really Eric Anderson's position, but Nover gets the official start. Nover is averaging 6.4 points and 3.2 rebounds, so he isn't much of a factor. What he can do is set screens and play a role within Knight's rigid system. In Indiana's three national championship teams under Knight, Kent Benson, Ray Tolbert and Dean Garrett were productive centers. Not the case here, but Anderson changes that when he comes off the bench.


EDGE: Laettner


Duke: Antonio Lang, So, 6-8, 205

Lang sprained his ankle against Kentucky, but he is expected to start. When Grant Hill went down with an ankle sprain of his own, Lang moved into the starting lineup and hasn't moved out since. In his 16 games as a starter, Lang is averaging 8.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. With Seton Hall concentrating on Laettner in the regional semis, Lang was a nightmare for the Pirates with 16 points and seven rebounds. He is an explosive leaper who is gaining confidence by the game. Grant Hill is healthy now, but Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has elected to keep him a supersub.

Indiana: Calbert Cheaney, Jr., 6-6, 206

Cheaney might be the national superstar with the least amount of notoriety. Averaging 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds, Cheaney would be a more recognized player in another system, but he has done a terrific job under Knight's restrictions. Cheaney has shot 60 percent from the floor in four tournament games, and his towel-whipping of Knight's backside at the end of the UCLA victory showed that he is loose. Knight recently gave him the ultimate Indiana compliment: "He's worked really hard over the course of the year."


EDGE: Cheaney


Duke: Brian Davis, Sr., 6-7, 200

Christian Laettner said his best friend "wasn't supposed to be anything" when he arrived in Durham. Clearly, that has changed. Davis is also one of three players to make it to four Final Fours, and his 11.7 scoring average and 4.6 rebounding pace proves that he is no longer a true role player. Davis had 15 vs. Seton Hall before finishing with 13 points and five boards in the Kentucky victory. The only Duke player to start all 34 games, Davis is a muscular forward who can be a terror on the boards. Besides shooting nearly 50 percent, Davis is versatile. In the Seton Hall game, Krzyzewski asked him to cover Terry Dehere, and the Seton Hall gunner didn't make a three-pointer. Davis is Duke's defensive ace.

Indiana: Alan Henderson, Fr., 6-9, 201

The all-time leading scorer in Indianapolis high school history with 2,419 points, Henderson has been anything but a disappointment with the Hoosiers. With averages of 11.5 points and 7.3 rebounds, Henderson is an inside threat who causes matchup problems because of his size and leaping ability. Indiana coaches were pleasantly surprised by his aggressiveness this season. Henderson, who had seven double-doubles, is going to give Duke problems because of his size. Davis might start on him, but look for Lang and backup center Cherokee Parks to take their turns, too.


EDGE: Henderson


Duke: Grant Hill, averaging 13.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and four assists, is the best sixth man in the country. But Hill, who made the perfect pass to Laettner to beat Kentucky, is not a true bench player. Parks is big and physical, and he'll be a star next season. But he only played a total of nine minutes in the Seton Hall and Kentucky victories. Outside of that, it's slim pickings on the bench. If the Blue Devils get in foul trouble, they are vulnerable.

Indiana: Knight uses an eight-man rotation -- one more than Krzyzewski -- and he also has the luxury of a supersub. Eric Anderson, averaging 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds, is one of the hottest players in the field. Anderson scored 24 and 17, respectively, to capture MVP honors in the West Regional. Greg Graham and Jamal Meeks give Knight some depth in the backcourt, and the dropoff is not significant. Neither team has strength in numbers, but the Hoosiers are one man stronger.

EDGE: Indiana.



Duke: Mike Krzyzewski

In a time when 30 college programs start the season with legitimate chances to win the national title, what Krzyzewski has done is remarkable. Duke has been to the Final Four five straight years and six out of the last seven, and Krzyzewski has his team playing as if it is making its first trip to the national semis. A former player and assistant under Knight at West Point, Krzyzewski has tried to downplay the connection. While it is there, don't expect Coach K to be fazed. He is 31-7 (82 percent) in NCAA tournament play, so he knows how to block out distractions.

Indiana: Bob Knight

When Knight gets this far, he normally doesn't go home without the big prize. Indiana has won the national championship three times in Knight's previous 20 seasons in Bloomington, and the feeling here is that he'll get a fourth Monday night. As much as some can't stand Knight's antics, it's hard to argue with his results. The mini-controversies that have dogged him throughout the tournament have taken the spotlight off his players, and the effects are obvious.

EDGE: Even

* PREDICTION: Indiana by three.