Calhoun passed the 500-victory mark this season, but he'd probably trade a few hundred wins for his first Final Four berth. His Huskies are at their best against bigger, slower teams like Stanford, thanks to running, pressing guards El-Amin and Ricky Moore and dangerous sixth man Monquencio Hardnett, who may be UConn's best defender. On the downside the Huskies' small front line was pushed around in losses to St. John's and West Virginia.
If the Huskies, who shot poorly in winning the Big East tournament, meet Xavier in the regional semis, they're done.
15 Fairleigh Dickinson
Coach Tom Green
Team scoring 83.7 (FG%: 45.2) (3-pointers: 223-611, 36.5%)
Opponents' scoring 745 (FG%: 41.3)
Rebounding margin +9.5
Team FT% 67.5
Whom not to foul Elijah Allen (80%), Tedaryl Fason (75%)
Whom to foul Jonas Sinding (36%), Ike Williams (50%)
Quality wins LIU 105-91, at LIU 110-100 (OT)
Player to Watch
Senior forward Rahshon Turner is as stand-up as he is go-to: After getting into a fracas with a Monmouth player on Jan. 17, Turner wrote a letter of apology to Monmouth's Dave Calloway for besmirching a game that had been Calloway's debut as a head coach. Turner is just as demanding of himself on the court. Besides averaging 18.0 points and 11.0 rebounds—the latter places him third in the nation—he shares the Knights' single-season record in blocks, with 63.
Fairleigh Dickinson has strong leadership (four starters are seniors, as are two top reserves), good depth (11 strong) and terrific rebounding (its margin is fourth in the nation). And the Knights aren't some walk-it-up, work-the-ball-around outfit. They went shot for shot with high-scoring LIU three times and won twice. Their fast-break style, however, led to 18 turnovers a game, a fairly ridiculous figure.
The Knights' future will be fairly Dickensian: From best of times (Northeast champs) to worst (first-round fodder).
Coach Bob Knight
Team scoring 76.5 (FG%: 48.8) (3-pointers: 173-457, 37.9%)
Opponents' scoring 72.7 (FG%: 44.2)
Team FT% 73.1
Whom not to foul Michael Lewis (85%), Andrae Patterson (80%)
Whom to foul William Gladness (54%), Rob Turner (57%)
Quality wins Purdue 94-88, Michigan 80-62