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March 21, 2005
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March 21, 2005

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CONNECTICUT Closer-than-expected slugfest breaks Huskies' way thanks to precision passing of point guard Williams


DUKE In battle of heavyweights, Shelden Williams shows Lawrence Roberts who's King of the Paint, circa 2005

SYRACUSE McNamara has penchant for huge games in NCAAs; look for G-Mac to drop 30-plus on awed Monarchs

OKLAHOMA Sampson's bruisers bludgeon Miners as Bookout and Gray use height and talent advantage inside

KENTUCKY Big Blue caravan rolls on as Wildcats bounce Hawkeyes with pressure defense and Sparks's timely threes



ILLINOIS Panthers will run, to no avail, against Illini, who'll rely on efficient shooting of Brown, Head and Williams for home-state win

OKLAHOMA ST. Stoudamire can't deal with stout D, and he'll see it aplenty against Lucas and mates; Pokes capitalize on open looks in transition

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