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|Photos: Chamberlain (AP), Manning (Getty), Pierce (Getty)|
|Eric Neel predicts ...|
The game is tight for 30 minutes, but only because it takes a while for KU to work out the kinks: Pierce would like to handle the ball a bit more; LaFrentz hasn't figured out his job is to rebound and cheerlead; and so on. The Jayhawks pick it up and pull away in the second half when Larry Brown decides "the right way" means less Raef and more Hinrich. He and Jo Jo penetrate and dish like servers working the swing shift at Applebee's on all-you-can-eat Riblet night, and The Dipper and Mr. Manning are wearing bibs, shooting a combined 20 for 22 in the last 12 minutes. "It's way too early to start talking about the Final Four," Manning says in a postgame interview. "It most certainly is not," Wilt stops to say as he's walking toward the showers. "Bring me Walton; tee up Alcindor."
Final score: Kansas 103, Georgia Tech 85
|Photos: Price (Georgia Tech), Anderson (Getty), Marbury (Getty)|
|Scoop Jackson predicts ...|
Kenny Anderson and Stephon Marbury represent the best NYC PGs ever seen in the tournament. But it's Mark Price who winds up being the hero almost. Because as good as the three-guard offense that Andy Warhol'd Bobby Cremins runs is, GTech has no answer for Kansas' Jo Jo White.
On every trip down court, he does something that makes the GTech players argue with each other. But in this game, where the outcome seemed determined from the beginning, it is the skinny kid from Tech, Chris Bosh, who impresses many. His 18 points and 14 rebounds against Raef LaFrentz stuns even Wilt Chamberlain, who says after the game: "The kid reminds me of me in grammar school."
Final score: Kansas 100, Georgia Tech 87