THE TOP FIVE PENETRATORS IN THE FIELD
Jacque Vaughn. Kansas. "He's already at half-court by the time a team sets up its presses and traps," says Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun.
Melvin Watson, South Carolina. In two wins over Kentucky, he turned Wildcat Anthony Epps into a wax museum piece.
Brevin Knight, Stanford. He's the college game's answer to Utah Jazz veteran John Stockton at working the pick-and-roll.
Kiwane Garris, Illinois. "He's tremendous at drawing fouls," says Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. Indeed, Garris set a school record for free throws made (181) this year.
Andre Woolridge, Iowa. He's the Big Ten leader in assists and scoring. "I think Woolridge is the MVP of the Big Ten," Knight told the press after Iowa beat the Hoosiers on Feb. 4, "and since I've forgotten more about the game than all of you put together, I suggest you vote for him as well."
A PENETRATING INSIGHT
"We always try to make as many free throws as our opponents attempt," Dean Smith said several weeks ago while silting in the Dean Smith office of the Dean Smith Center. "Now look at this."
The Deanster produced a stat sheet he had just consulted during a conference call with former assistants Roy Williams of Kansas and Eddie Fogler of South Carolina, both of whose teams were then ranked ahead of Smith's. Each team's stats in selected categories, along with its opponents" totals, graced the page, and Smith had circled two figures that explained why the Carolinians to his south were the class of the SEC's regular season. As testament to the aggressiveness of their guard play, the Gamecocks had made 381 free throws; their opponents had attempted only 325. That stat bodes well for a critical task come tournament time: holding a lead.
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