In this second-round matchup, it's No. 1-seed UCLA vs. No. 17-seed Syracuse. Check the rosters, the college stats and the Page 2 takes, then place your vote.
|Photos: Alcindor (Wireimage), Walton (AP), Davis (Getty)|
|Scoop Jackson predicts ...|
There was belief in the air that the 'Cuse had a chance to shock the world by playing in front of a Rupp Arena crowd that was completely decked out in orange. Fools! From the tip, the Bruins run the floor, allowing Gail Goodrich and Baron Davis constant uncontested layups. The best combo college basketball has ever seen, Alcindor and Walton, dominate the court on both ends for the 34 minutes they play apiece.
Although Dave Bing balls out (34 points), it's the triple-doubles of both No. 33 and No. 32 that keeps the crowd as quiet as Drew Rosenhaus post-Nov. 8.
Final score: UCLA 98, Syracuse 79
|Photos: Bing (Syracuse Univ.), Coleman (Syracuse Univ.), Anthony (Getty)|
|Eric Neel predicts ...|
Jimmy B shows his boys tape of the 1996 NCAA title game against Kentucky. Textbook matchup zone stuff. They stifle and stagger the pace. In that game, Pitino's players are uncomfortable -- forcing shots, going for thread-the-needle passes in lanes that don't exist. It's a clinic. It's inspiring. Sherman Douglas is pacing the film room, D-ing up the projector, chomping at the bit. Dave Bing is nodding his head the way the faithful do at church on Sundays, like they've got a secret that will save them.
"And then we hit them with the midrange banks," Boeheim says. "Melo and Dave, Billy and Derrick, everybody working the gap, just past Goodrich and Miller, not quite to Alcindor and Walton. I want no shots on the blocks. I want no shots beyond the arc. We're the middle. Just like we were against Kentucky in '96." It's a beautiful plan. There are only two problems. First, Kentucky won in '96. And second, Kentucky is nowhere near as good as this Bruins squad.
Final score: UCLA 95, Syracuse 82