NCAA Regional Finals
Numbers: In each of the last six seasons, two of the four regional finals have pitted the No. 1 seed against the No. 2. After rounds 1 and 2 were finished on Sunday, two 1-2 matchups were still possible: North Carolina versus Connecticut in the East, and Duke versus Kentucky in the South. At week's end in the women's field only two top seeds remained: last year's title game participants, Old Dominion and Tennessee. Ticha Penicheiro, the Lady Monarchs' dynamo at point guard, had a dazzling triple-double (22 points, 15 assists and 14 steals) in a first-round win.
?MEN, CBS, SATURDAY, 3:30 PM, AND SUNDAY, 2:30 PM; WOMEN, ESPN, MONDAY, 5 PM
Suns at Jazz
Fun Sun facts: 1) Phoenix, a team named for the center of the solar system, has never had a name center of its own ( Alvan Adams was really a forward), and 2) "suns" turned upside down spells "suns." Since Danny Ainge became coach in November 1996, Phoenix (43-21 at week's end) has turned the league on its ear with an offense that revolves around no celestial body. Led by guard Rex Chapman (far left), who was averaging 15.4 points, seven Suns (three of them guards) were scoring in double figures. Utah, meanwhile, still orbits around power forward Karl Malone. The NBA player of the month in February, when he averaged 26.6 points and 10.8 rebounds, Malone had propelled the Midwest Division leaders (47-16) to a 16-1 record since the All-Star break.
?TNT, 8 PM
Brazil at Germany
In a pre-World Cup statement match, Germany plays eager host to Brazil and its star forward, Ronaldo (left), who recently posed (for an ad) as Christ in an imitation of the famous statue that stands on Corcovado mountain above Rio de Janeiro. Though only 21, Ronaldo has twice been named World Player of the Year. The boys from Brazil, the world's No. 1 team according to FIFA, enter Stuttgart with a 46-3-10 record since winning the 1994 World Cup. Germany, ranked No. 2, will counter with 33-year-old forward Juergen Klinsmann. Though a mere mortal, Klinsmann has demonstrated miraculous healing powers, having returned from a fractured jaw he suffered last month while playing for Tottenham.
? ESPN2, 2:30 PM
McDonald's Ail-American Game
They aren't even diaper dandies, but tonight two dozen schoolboys will be prime-time players. For the first time in this game's 21 years, an evening tip-off is on tap. The spotlight in Norfolk, Va., will fall on 6'2" point guard Ronald Curry, whose Hampton High gym is located 12 miles from the Scope Arena. The national high school player of the year, Curry, who at week's end hadn't chosen a college, is also a quarterback and high school football player of the year.
? ESPN, 8 PM
A Cinderella Season: The Lady Vols Fight Back
Cinderella? During its 1996-97 championship run, Tennessee had women's college basketball's best coach, Pat Summitt, and player, Chamique Holds-claw (left). A more apt title is the one from the Mary Chapin Carpenter song that plays over the closing credits, The Hard Way, given how the Lady Vols overcame injuries and the toughest schedule in the land to win the NCAAs. The documentary's tone is saccharine and—is this really HBO?-G-rated, but memorable scenes are found in the fractious relationship between Summitt and stubborn senior center Abby Conklin, whose growth over the season mirrors Tennessee's success. Also this week: On March 24 at 10 p.m., HBO presents City Dump: The Story of the 1951 CCNY Basketball Scandal, which SCORECARD (March 9) called "mandatory viewing for all athletes."
? HBO, 7 PM
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