In this second-round matchup, it's No. 3-seed LSU vs. No. 19-seed Cincinnati. Check the rosters, the college stats and the Page 2 takes, then place your vote.
|F||Hot Plate Williams||6-8||85-86||15.8|
|Photos: Pettit (AP), Maravich (AP), O'Neal (Getty)|
|Scoop Jackson predicts ...|
The 7-foot-1 Shaquille O'Neal looks at Danny Fortson at 6-foot-7 and begins to laugh. He sees the 6-foot-7 Paul Hogue and laughs again. He tells Press Maravich to remind his son of the game plan: Get the ball into the big man's hands early and often. Pistol does exactly that, which leads O'Neal to pouring in 33 points by halftime. Looking once again undefinable, the Tigers keep pounding the ball inside, making it impossible for the Bearcats to slow down this train that hit them. Oscar Robertson finishes with 44 for Cincinnati, but he needed some real help. Help that never attended that University.
Final score: LSU 120, Cincinnati 100
|G||Nick Van Exel||6-1||92-93||15.3|
|Photos: Robertson (AP), Exel (Getty), Martin (Getty)|
|Eric Neel predicts ...|
There's a moment in "Dog Day Afternoon" when Al Pacino riles up the crowd of onlookers outside the bank chanting, "Attica! Attica! Attica!" He's doomed. He knows it. The onlookers know it. The cops with the guns leveled at his head know it. This is his one glimpse of glory, the freewheeling exuberance of the damned. Cincinnati is Al Pacino.
In the moments before tip-off, Nick the Quick jumps up on the scorer's table and waves a towel and beats his chest and cries a warrior cry to the rafters. It's so stirring, so charming and crazed that the LSU guys join in, waving their own towels, crying their own cries. For an instant, at the noisy peak of it all, something magical and wildly unexpected seems possible. But only for an instant.
Final score: LSU 111, Cincinnati 80