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March 16, 1998
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3 Michigan

Coach Brian Ellerbe
Record 24-8
Team scoring 77.1 (FG%: 49.1) (3-pointers: 240-573, 41.9%)
Opponents' scoring 66.8 (FG%: 39.5)
Rebound margin +6.7
Team FT% 697
Whom not to foul Louis Bullock (91%), Robbie Reid (90%)
Whom to foul Travis Conlan (55%), Robert Traylor (67%)
Quality wins Duke 81-73, Michigan St. 79-69, Indiana 112-64

Player to Watch
In December, frustrated by a shooting slump, Bullock stopped by the home of former Wolverines coach Steve Fisher to get encouragement. "There's no better shooter in America than you," Fisher told him. "You're too good to let a handful of bad games cause you doubt." Bullock's response? He made all four of his three-point tries in Michigan's upset of Duke later that week and went on to lead the Wolverines in scoring (17.0) and three-point shooting (46.3%).

Scouting Report
The most talented team in the Big Ten is also its least predictable, in large part due to Traylor, a game-breaker some days and a slam-clanging enigma on others. Michigan has balance—Traylor (16.2), Jerod Ward (13.0) and a healthy Maceo Baston (13.9, before missing the last four regular-season games with a broken foot) inside, Bullock and Reid (7.6) outside—but is sloppy. The Wolverines had more turnovers than assists.

Prediction
If steady guard play in its Big Ten tournament run is a harbinger, Michigan will give Kentucky fits in regional semis.

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14 Davidson

Coach Bob McKillop
Record 20-9
Team scoring 71.6 (FG%: 43.6) (3-pointers: 202-573, 35.3%)
Opponents' scoring 65.8 (FG%: 42.0)
Rebound margin +3.2
Team FT% 67.7
Whom not to foul Stephen Marshall (75%), Ali Ton (74%)
Whom to foul Ben Ebong (61%), Chadd Holmes (64%)
Quality wins None

Player to Watch
When you see Ebong come off the bench bristling with aggressiveness, it's not hard to imagine the 6'6" junior forward on the gridiron for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, which is where he once hoped to end up. (He was born in Nigeria but grew up in Omaha.) Ebong has been the Wildcats' best player in the last 10 games, averaging 12.7 points and 74 rebounds and shooting 64% from the field.

Scouting Report
Point guard Ton, a native of Turkey whose 6.6 assists a game ranks 14th in the nation, has a lot of options to dish to. Seven Davidson players have made at least 12 three-pointers (at 0 for 9, Ebong is about the only Wildcat without the green light), but they can also hurt you inside, as Duke found out when Marshall, a 6'8" sophomore center, had 20 points and 14 rebounds against the Blue Devils. (Before you change your pool picks, though, remember: Davidson lost 100-65.)

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