Player to Watch
Jermaine Jackson, a four-year starter for the Titans, has raised his scoring each season. He's up to 13.7 points per game—with 6.5 rebounds, a big number for a 6'5" guard. Jackson also averages 4.7 assists and makes his free throws (75.9%).
Detroit may have lost three starters from the team that upset St. John's in the first round last year, but it won a return bid to the NCAAs with the same style of play: stifling, man-to-man defense and a deliberate offense that produced good shots. While Jackson, 5'10" point guard Rashad Phillips and 6'7" guard Desmond Ferguson can all hit the three-pointer, opponents made only three of 10 treys on average. The Titans have won 17 of their last 19 games. Why? No, Whye: 6'8" forward Daniel Whye, who averaged 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds over that span, gave center Walter Craft needed help inside.
Coach Perry Watson
Team scoring 64.3 (FG%: 44.5) (3-pointers: 184-499, 36.9%)
Opponent scoring 54.7 (FG%: 37.0)
Rebound margin +2.5
Team FT% 75.7
Whom not to foul
Rashad Phillips (84%), Daniel Whye (81%)
Whom to foul
Bacari Alexander (67%)
A former Detroit coach named Vitale will have a lot to say when the Titans make their surprise run to the Sweet 16.
Player to Watch
With the emergence of spectacular junior college transfer Steve Francis, 6'9" sophomore forward Terence Morris has been overlooked by everybody except NBA scouts. Morris ranked among the top 10 in the ACC in scoring (15.8 points a game), field goal percentage (58.0%), free throw percentage (83.6%), rebounding (7.1) and blocks (68). He will have to be a force inside if Maryland is to reach its first Final Four.