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Updated: Sunday, March 23, 2003 10:05 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL PREVIEW
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No. 7 Indiana (21-12) vs No. 2 Pittsburgh (27-4)
INDIANA HOOSIERS
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PITTSBURGH PANTHERS
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BOSTON (Ticker) -- Second-seeded Pittsburgh can continue the success of the Big East Conference on Sunday when it meets No. 7 Indiana in the second round of the Midwest Region.

The Big East Conference, which saw its coaches complain about having only four teams in the field, is 6-0 in the tournament. Connecticut and Notre Dame have advanced to the regional semifinals and Pittsburgh and Syracuse are trying to join them. Syracuse plays Oklahoma State in the second game at the Fleet Center.

Pittsburgh (27-4) used a surge at the start of the second half to cruise to an 87-61 rout of Wagner on Friday. Freshman Carl Krauser scored seven points in a 15-3 run to start the half that opened up a 55-32 cushion.

Donatas Zavackas scored 16 points and Krauser netted nine of his 12 points in the second half. Brandin Knight scored 10 points for the Panthers, who saw just one player log more than 30 minutes.

The Panthers have not reached back-to-back regionals since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

Indiana (21-12) rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to post a 67-62 victory over Alabama. Freshman Bracey Wright scored all of his 17 points in the second half to lead the Hoosiers, who entered as winners of just six of their previous 15 games.

Jeff Newton scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, but frontcourt partner George Leach fouled out with only four points. Newton and Leach will have to play well to hold their own against Pittsburgh's big frontcourt.

The Hoosiers and Panthers have split six meetings, although they have not met since the 1940-41 season.

The winner faces Marquette in the regionals in Minneapolis on Thursday.


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