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Monday, November 7, 2005
Updated: November 15, 12:26 PM ET
Houston vs. Arkansas

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In this first-round matchup, it's No. 6-seed Houston vs. No. 27-seed Arkansas. Check the rosters, the college stats and the Page 2 takes, then place your vote.

Houston
Starting Lineup
Pos. Player Ht. Yrs Avg.
G Otis Birdsong 6-3 74-77 24.2
G Don Chaney 6-5 66-68 12.6
F Clyde Drexler 6-7 81-83 14.4
F Elvin Hayes 6-9 66-68 31.0
C Hakeem Olajuwon 6-10 82-84 13.3
The Bench
G Michael Young 6-7 81-84 15.3
F Dwight Davis 6-8 70-72 20.7
Photos: Hayes (AP), Olajuwon (Wireimage.com), Drexler (Wireimage.com)

Eric Neel predicts ...
More than Mutumbo and Ewing, more than Shaq and Stanley, and even more than Wilt and Danny Manning, Elvin Hayes and Hakeem Olajuwon are the post pair most likely to challenge Walton and Alcindor when this tourney comes to a close.

On this night they show off the whole kit: fadeaway jumpers, little dips and dos, some dunking, some D, some subtle passing to the cutting Clyde, and so on, and so on, and so on. Sidney Moncrief makes some noise in transition, but Scotty Thurman is so discouraged he decides never to go pro (which, you know, is just as well.)
Final score: Houston 93, Arkansas 72

 

 

Arkansas
Starting Lineup
Pos. Player Ht. Yrs Avg.
G Alvin Robertson 6-3 82-84 12.4
G Sidney Moncrief 6-3 76-79 16.9
F Marvin Delph 6-4 75-78 15.0
F Corliss Williamson 6-7 93-95 19.0
C Joe Kleine 6-11 83-85 18.1
The Bench
G Todd Day 6-6 89-92 18.9
F Scotty Thurman 6-6 93-95 16.2
Photos: Moncrief (Univ. of Arkansas), Robertson (Univ. of Arkansas), Williamson (Univ. of Arkansas)

Scoop Jackson predicts ...
Marvin Delph has never seen a shot he didn't like. Truth be told, he's never seen a shot that he hasn't convinced himself when the ball left his fingertips was not finding the inside of the net. Which makes it too bad that Eddie Sutton had to remove Delph from the squad during halftime, citing "Terrell Owens-like behavior" from his shooting star.

But that doesn't stop the overmatched Razorbacks from giving the Cougars the scare of their lives. Their grimy style of play has Houston coach Guy Lewis so upset that he draws two techs for yelling at his own players. Alvin Robertson holds Clyde Drexler scoreless, making everyone understand why UNC's Michael Jordan said that "Alvin Robetson was the toughest player he had to play against." Near the game's end, Sidney Moncrief steals the ball from Michael Young and flies through the air on a dunk that gets captured for Sports Illustrated's cover. Too little, a little too late.
Final score: Houston 89, Arkansas 78