Anderson, 62, will feel young after beating Ohio State, but Detroit will win the ensuing Cinderella battle.
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As the elder statesman on one of the youngest teams in the tournament, sophomore point guard Baron Davis appears to have recovered all of his explosiveness after tearing the ACL in his left knee against Michigan in last year's NCAAs. Davis averaged 19.2 points during a torrid 10-game stretch to end the regular season. "You can't really stop him," says Washington coach Bob Bender. "The only thing you can hope is that he's not knocking down his threes."
The Bruins' fast break has been noble of late, which isn't surprising, given a Baron and an Earl in the backcourt. Davis (15.9 points per game) and classmate Earl Watson (13.4) are UCLA's top scorers, but their challenge will be leading the nation's best crop of freshmen (despite the absence of injured center Dan Gadzuric). The Bruins' fatal flaw could be free throws: These iron men shoot a tournament-field worst 59.9%.
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Team scoring 78.0 (FG%: 45.6) (3-pointers: 153-470, 32.6%)
Opponent scoring 71.2 (FG%: 41.5)
Rebound margin +1.8
Team FT% 59.9
Whom not to foul
Earl Watson (71%)
Whom to foul
Baron Davis (61%), Jerome Moiso (62%)
Arizona 82-75, Syracuse 93-69
The sprained toe from which Davis is recovering won't be as aggravating as Detroit's Jermaine Jackson. Bye-bye, Bruins.