At Iowa 75-73, Oklahoma State 66-60
Rodney will get his respect during a first-round win over Louisville, but the Bluejays are no match for Maryland.
3 St. John's
Player to Watch Versatile 6'7" sophomore forward Ron Artest leads the Red Storm in scoring (14.8 per game) and blocked shots (34), is second in assists (4.4) and steals (2.0) and is third in three-point-shooting percentage (.382). Artest's teammates, however, haven't always taken kindly to his domineering leadership. He said his team "choked" in a loss to Connecticut, drawing this rebuff from St. John's coach Mike Jarvis: "He's more effective when he doesn't say a word."
The Red Storm boasts one of the nation's quickest trio of forwards in Artest, 6'6" Lavor Postell and 6'7" Tyrone Grant, but it is vulnerable against taller teams. (Georgetown almost beat St. John's twice by pounding the ball inside.) Freshman Erick Barkley adeptly sets up Postell, Artest and fellow guard Bootsy Thornton, all of whom are hitting at least 38% from three-point range.
Coach Mike Jarvis
Team scoring 79.3 (FG%: 45.8) (3-pointers: 200-570, 35.1%)
Opponent scoring 65.9 (FG%: 41.8)
Rebound margin +5.1
Team FT% 68.8
Whom not to foul
Erick Barkley (78%), Lavor Postell (78%)
Whom to foul
Tyrone Grant (64%), Reggie Jessee (64%)
Syracuse 75-70, Miami 62-59
The Red Storm suffered agonizingly close losses to Stanford, Duke and UConn. We see another coming against GW.