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March 15, 1999

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Whom to foul
Alex Sanders (60%), Tony Williams (60%)

Quality wins
Kentucky 83-74, at UNC Charlotte 79-68

Prediction
Some observers don't think Crum's Cards should be here, and Creighton will make sure they have a short stay.

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10 Creighton

Player to Watch
No one in this year's NCAAs has scored more points than Rodney Buford (2,090), a 6'5" senior forward who regularly turns the Omaha Civic Auditorium into Omaha Beach for opposing teams. Buford (19.0 points and 7.2 rebounds a game) scored 40 of the Bluejays' 65 points in a Dec. 30 win over Bradley, and he had 24 points and 11 rebounds in a Nov. 25 upset of Iowa.

Scouting Report
Creighton is riding a six-game winning streak-including a sweep of the Missouri Valley tournament—mainly because of the play of Buford and sophomore off-guard Ben Walker, who has taken control of the offense in recent weeks. Defense usually tells the story for Creighton: During a 5-6 stretch in conference play its opponents shot 50.0%, compared with 41.4% in the Bluejays' other games, in which Creighton had a 16-2 record.

Coach Dana Altman
Record 21-8
Team scoring 77.0 (FG%: 46.0) (3-pointers: 226-572, 39.5%)
Opponent scoring 68.8 (FG%: 45.0)
Rebound margin +6.8
Team FT% 71.0

Whom not to foul
Ryan Sears (85%), Rodney Buford (82%)

Whom to foul
Donnie Johnson (55%), Ben Walker (62%)

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