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 +===== Previews =====
 +==== Boston Globe ====
 +**UMass is seeded No. 2 in Midwest\\
 +Foe: Southwest Texas**\\
 +By Joe Burris, [[|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/14/1994 
 +SHUTESBURY -- They were hoping for sunny skies, sandy beaches,
 +perhaps even a room with a great view. Instead, they're going to a land so
 +flat that on a clear day you can see Neptune.
 +Wichita, Kansas -- that's where the University of Massachusetts basketball
 +team take its show next. The Atlantic 10 champion Minutemen earned a
 +second seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional yesterday and will meet
 +15th-seeded Southwest Texas State, winner of the [[wp>Southland Conference]] at
 +the Kansas Coliseum Thursday night.
 +Watching the tournament pairings show at the home of head coach [[calipari_john|John
 +Calipari]] yesterday, the Minutemen players and coaches were elated to
 +receive a No. 2 seed. Most expected to be sent out of the East Regional --
 +where they have played the last two seasons as the No. 3 seed.
 +"I knew that when [[opponent_north_carolina|North Carolina]] won in the Atlantic Coast Conference
 +tournament final yesterday that they would be the No. 1 seed in the East,
 +and when [[opponent_connecticut|Connecticut]] lost, they'd be the No. 2 seed," said Calipari, who
 +predicted yesterday afternoon that his team would be sent to the Midwest
 +"I knew they would ship us out, and I knew they wouldn't ship us out to the
 +West because they try to just move you over one region."
 +Yet to say some of the Minutemen were surprised to be headed to Wichita
 +was an understatement. Moments after the pairings were announced,
 +UMass forward [[roe_lou|Lou Roe]] was asked what he knew about Southwest Texas
 +State, and he replied, "Is that who we're playing?"
 +Roe added he wasn't paying attention when the Minutemen's opponent
 +flashed across the screen, as his thoughts centered on heading to Kansas.
 +"I'm a little shocked," said Roe. "I thought we were going to the South, or at
 +least Sacramento West regional. But that's all right; we're going to go out
 +and do some work."
 +UMass forward [[dingle_dana|Dana Dingle]] agreed. "It's a decent seed, but I was hoping
 +to go to the Southeast regional, someplace where it's warm," he said. "But
 +we have to be happy with what we got."
 +UMass guard [[kellogg_derek|Derek Kellogg]] said it might be a blessing in disguise. "I was
 +hoping for maybe St. Petersburg Southeast regional or Sacramento, but this
 +is probably better than that. We're going to be concentrating more on the
 +game rather than going out to the beach," he said.
 +It will be a homecoming of sorts for Calipari, who once coached at the
 +[[opponent_kansas|University of Kansas]]. Like most other coaches headed to the tournament,
 +he doesn't know much about his first-round opponent, which earned a berth
 +to the tournament with a 69-60 win over [[opponent_north_texas_state|North Texas]] on March 6.
 +"We'll just have to look at their championship game tape and go from there,"
 +he said. "The thing is that I'm not so much worried about their team as I am
 +our team."
 +The other second seeds in the tournament are Arizona (West), Connecticut
 +(East) and [[opponent_duke|Duke]] (Southeast). Calipari said he tought his team had an
 +outside shot at a No. 1 seed. "I figured if North Carolina had lost, maybe
 +we would have backed into one," he said. "But after you see your team's
 +name on the screen you want to see what the other teams in your region are
 +to see if you can advance in the tournament."
 +UMass was one of three Atlantic 10 teams to make the field. Second-place
 +[[opponent_temple|Temple]] meets North Atlantic Conference champ [[opponent_drexel|Drexel]] in the East
 +Regional, while third place [[opponent_george_washington|George Washington]] meets [[opponent_uab|Alabama-Birmingham]] in the East Regional.
 +"We're excited about our opponent, but to be truthful, we're just glad to be
 +playing again," said GW coach Mike Jarvis, former coach at Cambridge
 +Rindge & Latin and [[opponent_boston_university|Boston University]]. He figured his team had an
 +opportuntity to make the tourney but had hoped for another win to make it
 +"We were one of the bubble teams, and to be honest, we were probably
 +one of last four to six teams picked," said Jarvis. "As of last Thursday, it
 +was a very long week. I was trying to see what other teams were doing. It's
 +tough enough figuring out what one team was doing, but I was following
 +**Arkansas too tough for field**\\
 +Midwest Regional\\
 +By Mark Blaudschun, [[|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/14/1994 
 +The outlook: OK, Massachusetts fans, the good news is that your team is
 +good enough to go to the Final Four. The bad news is that the NCAA
 +Tournament committee didn't move the Minutemen far enough West.
 +UMass got a second seed, which is what coach John Calipari had hoped.
 +The Minutemen also were put in a bracket which can get them to the
 +regional final, although a second-round game against either [[opponent_st_louis|Saint Louis]] or
 +[[opponent_maryland|Maryland]] could be dangerous.
 +The upper half of the UMass bracket doesn't look as tough, although who
 +can tell when you are talking [[opponent_michigan|Michigan]].
 +The Wolverines play Pepperdine in Round 1. They should win. They could
 +lose. Round 2 should bring [[opponent_texas|Texas]] or [[opponent_western_kentucky|Western Kentucky]]. Another iffy
 +situation. Texas has been blowing past people, and Western Kentucky was
 +working on a great season until it blew its conference tournament on its
 +home court.
 +Still, the Wolverines are talented and experienced enough to get past those
 +two teams, which should set up a nice UMass-Michigan regional semifinal
 +in Dallas. More about that later.
 +In the top of the bracket, [[opponent_arkansas|Arkansas]], which received its wakeup call with its
 +loss to [[opponent_kentucky|Kentucky]] in the SEC tournament over the weekend, should be
 +ready to tear some people apart. The Razorbacks can get to Dallas by
 +winning their second-round game over the Illinois-[[opponent_georgetown|Georgetown]] victor.
 +The other half of the draw has a bunch of wannabes. UCLA doesn't look
 +tough enough; [[opponent_oklahoma_state|Oklahoma State]] doesn't look good enough.
 +Which means Arkansas is in Dallas and that means the lights are out. The
 +Hogs love Dallas. So do their fans, who treated Reunion Arena as a home
 +court when Arkansas was in the Southwest Conference.
 +So we have Arkansas and, for the sake of argument, [[opponent_tulsa|Tulsa]] coming to
 +Dallas along with Michigan and UMass.
 +This is where the Minutemen run into trouble. As good as they are, they will
 +have to go all out to beat Michigan, which will be playing with total
 +concentration now that a season is on the line.
 +If the Minutemen manage to win that, they will have to come back two days
 +later and face an Arkansas team that has had tougher times in an intrasquad
 +scrimmage. And they will be playing in Reunion Arena, which will be filled
 +with 16,000 Hog Heads, and probably [[wp>the President of the United States]].
 +Even if things go its way and UMass makes it to Dallas and Michigan
 +doesn't, the Minutemen might draw Texas -- in Dallas. Although the
 +Longhorn fans are more likely to ask to pass the Grey Poupon then do
 +some wild cheers, it will be a tough crowd.
 +UMass is good. Very good. But the bottom line for coach Cal and the boys
 +will be wait until next year. Arkansas is better.
 +Of course, if the Minutemen can arrange an Arkansas upset, all bets are off
 +and reservations to the Final Four in Charlotte will be gladly accepted.
 +Upset special: Western Kentucky over Texas.
 +Teams to watch: UMass, Oklahoma State.
 +Moving to Dallas: Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Michigan, UMass.
 +Regional champ: Arkansas.
 +**Minuteman Roe is board-certified\\
 +Tireless worker makes rebounding a specialty**\\
 +By Joe Burris, [[|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/15/1994 
 +To him, it was like a morsel to a mortal who hadn't eaten in days, a
 +million-dollar lottery ticket parked at the foot of the homeless. A misfired
 +basketball bounced high off the front rim. Lou Roe had to have it. No two
 +ways about it.
 +On the previous possessions, the University of Massachusetts superpower
 +forward looked meek against North Carolina's front line. They'd blocked his
 +shot. They beat him to the boards. They manhandled his squad as everyone
 +said they would. The 6-foot-7-inch, 215-pound junior became angry as hell
 +and didn't want to take it anymore. One thing could bridge the gap between
 +being mad and getting even. And it was bouncing high off the rim.
 +Sandwiched between two 7-footers totaling 500 pounds, Roe blasts off the
 +floor, yanks the ball out of the air with one hand and smothers it with both.
 +Then he returns skyward, scoring on a bank shot over the 7-footers. His
 +adrenaline level reaches flood stage.
 +Gotta to have the ball again. Outta my way.
 +He breaks free from a forward on the pick-and-roll and after receiving a
 +pass he scores over one of the 7-footers.
 +Again! Give it here!
 +He posts up down low with his back to the basket. Hauls in a pass. Bumps
 +one 7-footer back a step with his rear end. And when another rushes over
 +to double-team, he shoots over both. Again! Nails a turnaround jumper
 +while falling backward. Again! Rebounds a miss, and with a 6-7 player atop
 +his back, he leaps high and banks the ball in while being fouled.
 +"Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!" yells Roe, hollering, grimacing, swinging fists in the air.
 +North Carolina players stood on the court with question marks hovering
 +above their heads. What happened to the kid they had just put in his place a
 +few possessions ago?
 +He never returned. The fella who took his place spent the rest of the evening
 +outscoring and outrebounding the Tar Heels and punching out the invisible
 +man. His rage-sparked play led him to 28 points and 14 rebounds and
 +helped [[game19931124_north_carolina|UMass upset what was the No. 1 team in the country]].
 +When the final buzzer sounded, a national television audience saw what
 +Atlantic 10 followers have known for years: When Roe turns on the
 +intensity, he's as good as any major college player in the country, and few, if
 +any, players can singlehandedly prevent him from taking over a game.
 +Roe has arms like Atlas and a wingspan like the Concorde. His horsepower
 +rivals a Chevy Blazer. Yet take away his relentlessness and desire, and he's
 +just another ballplayer with a sculpted body.
 +"Lou Roe is one heck of a player," says North Carolina coach [[wp>Dean Smith]].
 +"He came out and stuck it to us on the boards."
 +Saving some of his best performances for big games, Roe practically
 +duplicated the Carolina output [[game19940206_kentucky|against Kentucky, tallying 28 points and 13
 +rebounds against the seventh-ranked Wildcats]]. He had [[game19931229_maryland|30 points, 8 boards
 +and 3 blocks against Maryland]]. Roe finished the regular season averaging
 +18.6 points and 8.3 rebounds and is one of 15 finalists for Player of the
 +"The way I feel right now, if anybody in this country plays me one on one,
 +it's going to be difficult to stop me," says Roe, constantly the target of
 +double- and triple-teams. "That's how confident you have to be when you
 +want to be a great player. It's not being cocky. It's just having confidence in
 +"When I play against people, I want them to look at me and say, 'This guy is
 +crazy,' and think twice about guarding me. That's the satisfaction I get, when
 +I know another player has some fear in playing against me."
 +Roe has scored 20 points or more 19 times this season. But his prowess is
 +rebounding. In or out of position, double- or triple-teamed, he will find a
 +way to get to the basketball.
 +"It's just an instinctive thing to me," he says. "Ever since my first organized
 +game, I just go after the ball. I don't know what it is. It's not something I
 +think about. It just happens. I just go after the ball.
 +"A lot of people say, 'What do you do about rebounding?' I don't do
 +anything. I didn't realize how important it was until I came to college, and I
 +averaged 15 rebounds a game in high school."
 +College coaches realized it when they saw Roe's numbers at Atlantic City
 +High School, where as a senior he was the state's player of the year. He also
 +averaged 26.2 points a game and finished as the career scoring leader for a
 +team whose graduates include former [[opponent_pittsburgh|Pittsburgh]] standout Bobby Martin
 +(Roe's cousin) and former [[opponent_st_johns|St. John's]] standout Willie Glass.
 +"Lou Roe's a warrior," says UMass coach John Calipari, who in signing Roe
 +got his first top-40 recruit. "He is an awesome rebounder, one of the best in
 +America. He's a great competitor, loyal to his teammates, and the greatest
 +thing about him right now is that he's hungry. He's on a mission."
 +Roe was also recruited by [[opponent_florida_state|Florida State]], [[opponent_boston_college|Boston College]], James Madison, Connecticut and [[opponent_syracuse|Syracuse]].
 +"When I chose UMass, people were asking me, 'Are they Division 1?
 +You're going to turn down Syracuse and Florida State? You must be crazy,'" says Roe. "I talked to my mother about it, and she said, 'If you feel good
 +about it, don't worry what other people say.' "
 +He's hardly worrying now. 
 +The residents of Atlantic City often refer to their town by its initials, AC.
 +Ditto for its housing developments; SHV is the Stanley Home Village
 +apartments; VAC is Virginia Avenue Courts. Roe spent much of his youth
 +growing up in CHV -- Chelsea Heights Village, a complex just down the
 +street from Bally's Grand Casino.
 +"It was a nice place," says Roe, whose family now lives in Brigantine, a quiet
 +suburb along the shore filled with attractive two-story beach houses. "I had
 +a couple of my friends out there who played on my high school team with
 +me. We used to go around bragging that we had the best basketball talent in
 +AC. We had the best 2-guard, forward and point guard in the city."
 +Thoughts of dominating in AC bring a smile across Roe's face. But there are
 +some things he'd like to forget. One day when he was 15 years old, Roe and
 +some of his friends were playing around VAC when a friend named Mack
 +and another youth got into a heated argument. In the middle of the dispute,
 +the latter ran home and returned with his brother. The argument resumed.
 +One of the brothers took a swing at Mack and made contact. Then the
 +brothers turned and ran. Mack chased for about 10 seconds, then fell to the
 +ground, creating a puddle of blood that quickly turned into a pool.
 +"It happened so fast, I couldn't even see it," says Roe. "It looked like he just
 +punched him in his back, but he actually stabbed him. He was unconscious
 +because he was bleeding badly. One of the guys named Frank picked him
 +up and tried to take him to his house, but you know how when people are
 +dead, they're heavy. So they called the ambulance and called his mother out.
 +"When the ambulance got there, they revived him and he was alive. He went
 +to the hospital and everybody though he was going to be OK. We found out
 +the next morning he had died. They said he died because he was bleeding
 +Roe takes a long, hard sigh, then says, "It was crazy."
 +As a kid, Roe says, he "used to get into a lot of trouble. I was a
 +knucklehead, boy." But as he got older, he saw enough chaos and violence
 +in the streets to know they were no place to focus his passions.
 +"A lot of things I saw on the streets did it for me," said Roe in a Basketball
 +Times article. "It didn't really feel comfortable for me. I witnessed shootings,
 +people getting beat up, and it was a lot of my friends doing stuff like that. I
 +never really felt comfortable in that type of atmosphere."
 +Roe instead found his comfort on the playing field, where he learned to
 +channel his aggression into his play, often making the opposition
 +uncomfortable and teammates more confident.
 +Early on, Roe set his sights on football. Then one day, the junior high
 +basketball coach asked him to join the club for a game that evening. No
 +tryout, just show up.
 +"I didn't know what I was doing, but I got game most valuable player," says
 +Roe. "Next day they posted up on the billboard at school that I got MVP.
 +All I remember is that I played a lot of minutes."
 +Roe's interest in the game skyrocketed, and soon his mother noticed that he
 +wasn't coming directly home after school.
 +"You used to be able to set your watch by him," says Madeline Roe, a
 +dietician at Atlantic City Hospital. "You could hear him a mile away making
 +a sound like a bird while walking. People would say, 'That's Louis.'
 +"Then one afternoon he didn't come straight home. I was worried, pacing the
 +floor, thinking something had happened to him. Finally he came in and said
 +he was just out playing basketball. It was then I knew how interested he
 +While others at AC High toyed with weights, Roe began a daily regimen of
 +pushups, sit-ups and calf raises, and his thin body filled out.
 +"He was a frail, skinny kind of guy as a sophomore," says AC High coach
 +Joe Fussner. "He went to Five-Star camp and it woke him up. He saw the
 +bodies on those guys and he came back here and he would stay in the
 +weight room with the football guys."
 +Roe once separated his right shoulder while playing football in the snow, and
 +though he was naturally righthanded, he learned how to rebound and block
 +shots with his left hand.
 +"If you ever watch him, he can rebound well with the opposite hand, and I
 +think that fools people," says Fussner. "He's strong with it, and he gets his
 +claw around it and he's tough to stop."
 +"We helped with his positioning," says Lloyd Barksdale, Roe's junior varsity
 +coach, "but the greatest thing with Louis is his desire to rebound. He just
 +wanted the ball."
 +Roe's desire, his build and his ability to play with both hands helped him
 +become an exceptional low-post player at AC High. He finished with 1,804
 +career points, 802 career rebounds and three career broken backboards,
 +including two on collapsible rims.
 +"The thing was, he was not deliberately trying to break them," says Fussner.
 +"I can remember a year or two ago when the guys were working out during
 +the summer. Lou drove to the basket on a routine dunk and came down on
 +it so hard the whole glass just popped out. He's why we've got collapsible
 +rims at AC High now. We call them the Lou Roe rims."
 +Roe realizes that if he is to play at the next level, it will likely be as a shooting
 +forward. He spent his days last summer working at a Coca-Cola plant in
 +Philadelphia, then worked five nights a week on his jump shot with summer
 +league coach John Harinett. Although he hasn't taken many shots from
 +outside this season, he hit six jumpers and two 3-point baskets in a [[game19931120_towson_state|win over
 +Towson State]].
 +At one point this season, Roe was not at the top of his game. Calipari
 +benched him against [[game19940130_rhode_island|Rhode Island]] for lackluster play.
 +"It felt funny, being on the bench at the start of the game after starting for
 +two years," he says. "I let my team down and I let myself down. After the
 +game, I got in the gym late at night and did what I did in Philly to get myself
 +focused on playing aggressive basketball."
 +In the next game, he led the Minutemen with 15 points [[game19940203_florida_state|against Florida State]],
 +and then came his effort against Kentucky.
 +"I just feel when I'm at the top of my game, I'm feeling confident and I feel
 +my teammates feel confident also," said Roe. "I'm an inspiration to them.
 +When they see me go off, they feed off it. They say, 'Hey, if this guy's not
 +scared, I'm not going to be scared, either.' "
 +**Ready to rumble\\
 +Southwest Texas isn't intimidated**\\
 +By Mark Blaudschun, [[|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/16/1994 
 +Russell Ponds says he is ready. He's got his bags packed and is eager to
 +head to Wichita, where he and his Southwest Texas State teammates will
 +find a University of Massachusetts team that is just as eager.
 +The first and second rounds in the NCAA tournament can create strange
 +matchups, which is the most charitable description for tomorrow's Midwest
 +Regional opening-rounder between second-seeded UMass and
 +15th-seeded Southwest Texas State.
 +"We don't know a lot about them," said Ponds, a 6-foot senior point guard
 +from Tulsa, Okla., who helped the Bobcats to a 25-6 record and an
 +NCAA berth via their victory in the Southland Conference tournament. "But
 +from reading the scouting reports, they play good defense and rebound
 +pretty well. Those are our strengths."
 +Ponds, the Bobcats' second-leading scorer with a 13.5-point average, says
 +he is not in awe of the Minutemen's gaudy record or growing reputation.
 +"We're not going to back down from anybody," he said. "But we're a pretty
 +good team. We've gotten things going in the last month."
 +That they have. After staggering through the early part of the season, losing
 +three of four games, the Bobcats come into the tournament on a 10-game
 +winning streak, as well as being winners of 20 of 22.
 +"The chemistry on the team changed in the middle of the season," said
 +Ponds, one of three senior starters. "We all sort of came together in our
 +Southwest Texas State is new to big-time basketball. The school, located in
 +San Marcos, Texas (about a 4 1/2-hour drive south of Dallas), has been
 +playing Division 1 basketball only since 1984. This is its first NCAA
 +"There has been a lot of partying going on around here," said Ponds. "Ever
 +since we knew we were going to get the bid, we just kind of wondered who
 +we would be playing."
 +Not that it mattered to the student body. Southwest Texas State has always
 +been known as a party school. Even though it is spring break and many
 +students are down at Padre Island on the Texas coast, the atmosphere on
 +campus the past few days has been festive.
 +Like the rest of his team, coach [[wp>Jim Wooldridge]] didn't know a lot about
 +UMass, other than what he had seen on television and read in the papers.
 +Beginning Sunday night, he started breaking down tapes and going over
 +scouting reports.
 +"We want to show that we belong in the tournament, too," said Wooldridge,
 +a Boston native.
 +Southwest Texas State has shown that, with a style of play very similar to
 +that of UMass. Ponds is the designated 3-point shooter, while the leading
 +scorer is 6-foot-4-inch, 195-pound Lynwood Wade, with an 18.6-point
 +"We'll come after you," said Ponds. "That's been our style all year."
 +The Bobcats' level of competition is nowhere near that faced by UMass.
 +Their only major Division 1 opponent was Kansas State (a 1-point loss in
 +But as Ponds said, "Nothing is impossible. I think you've seen this year
 +especially that anything can happen."
 +**Even while idle, UMass revved up**\\
 +By Joe Burris, [[|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/17/1994
 +WICHITA, Kan. -- It was early Monday evening, less than 24 hours
 +before the flagship university from western Massachusetts would invade
 +southeast Kansas to play Southwest Texas State in the first round of the
 +NCAA Midwest Regional.
 +The head coach thought back to the same time last season, when his team
 +entered the NCAA Tournament as third seed but [[game19930319_pennsylvania|nearly lost to the 14th
 +seed in the first round]] and got [[game19930321_virginia|routed by the sixth seed in the second]].
 +"I probably made a mistake last year; I let them off Friday, Saturday and
 +Sunday before the tournament, and I never got them back," said University
 +of Massachusetts coach John Calipari, whose second-seeded and
 +eighth-ranked team meets 15th-seeded Southwest Texas in the first round
 +this afternoon. "This year I let them off on Friday, but we lifted and
 +practiced on Saturday and did individual workouts on Sunday. We had a
 +good workout Monday, so I'm pleased."
 +The Minutemen seem to be continuing the trend now that they've arrived in
 +the Flatland of America. Yesterday's practice, which was open to the
 +public, was so spirited that UMass received a round of applause when it
 +left the floor.
 +"We're playing good basketball right now. We're playing with intensity,
 +passion, enthusiasm," said Calipari. "Our chemistry is good. I don't know if
 +we've played any better basketball in my six years at UMass as we have
 +the last two weeks.
 +"We want to advance, and I think we are capable of advancing. We also
 +know that it takes a little bit of luck. We've had a great season, but we're
 +going to be judged on how we do in this tournament."
 +This marks the third consecutive season the Minutemen have advanced to
 +the tournament. Two seasons ago, they were pleased just to be in, then
 +[[game19920322_syracuse|advanced to the Sweet 16]]. Last season they talked about improving on
 +that, yet hardly played well enough to do so.
 +"Last year some people didn't have their priorities straight, going out a little
 +too much, and as a result, we were tired," said guard Derek Kellogg. "I
 +think we're in a little bit better shape because of our preseason workouts
 +and lifting."
 +The regional site, although three blocks south of the middle of nowhere,
 +should probably help the Minutemen as well. "This year is a little more
 +isolated," said Kellogg.
 +"Last year the guys knew people in Syracuse and went to visit them and did
 +some things other than basketball. This year we're concentrating solely on
 +basketball, and that's going to pay off in the long run."
 +Like UMass, Southwest Texas (25-6) is tough, scrappy and small. "I hear
 +they score as many points as we do. They basically match up the same,
 +except they play three-guard offense," said UMass forward Lou Roe.
 +"I don't know how we're going to do against that because we've never
 +played against a three-guard offense. Whether they change their role or we
 +change ours, we have to see tomorrow."
 +UMass forward [[bright_donta|Donta Bright]] (10.7 points, 5.8 rebounds per game) was
 +not hampered yesterday while playing with an injured right thumb. Bright
 +separated a tendon from the bone in his thumb during the first half [[game19940306_saint_josephs|March 6
 +against St. Joseph's]] but has not missed any time . . . UMass forward
 +[[nunez_rigoberto|Rigoberto Nunez]] is suffering from pneumonia and did not travel with the
 +team . . . Southwest Texas guard Russell Ponds said his team would not be
 +intimidated by UMass. "We're not backing down from any team in the
 +country," he said. "The only difference between us and UMass is that
 +they're used to all the attention with ESPN and all, and we're not. We fear
 +no one. You have two teams battling for something; both want the same
 +thing." . . . This marks the first time Southwest Texas State has played a
 +New England school since the 1990-91 season, when it defeated [[opponent_maine|Maine]],
 +===== Recaps =====
 +==== Boston Globe ====
 +**UMass shakes off lethargy and Southwest Texas St.**\\
 +By Joe Burris, [[|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/18/1994
 +WICHITA, Kan. -- They appeared a step slow and somewhat jittery early
 +in the first half, yet still jumped out to a 7-point lead. It figured that once the
 +University of Massachusetts got into the flow of its offense and stepped up
 +its intensity, the Minutemen would dispose of Southwest Texas State like a
 +losing lottery ticket.
 +Yet for much of yesterday's NCAA Midwest Regional first-round game,
 +UMass was still waiting for that big run. Southwest Texas kept coming,
 +despite several 3-point baskets and turnover-yielding Minutemen presses
 +that led to quick buckets.
 +It wasn't until the last eight minutes that UMass pulled away for good. When
 +the final buzzer sounded, signaling the Minutemen's 78-60 win, it seemed
 +they were relieved to be rid of their opening opponent.
 +"If you saw, we had a couple kids sick on the sidelines; I think we had
 +nervous energy that wore us down," said UMass coach John Calipari,
 +referring in part to center [[camby_marcus|Marcus Camby]] and forward Dana Dingle, who
 +vomited on the sideline during the game.
 +"If you've ever been in a big match, the night before or the day of the game,
 +you lose so much energy worrying about the game," Calipari added. "You
 +have to understand, in our top eight, we have four first-year college players
 +who have never played in an NCAA Tournament game. That was a little bit
 +too much for them tonight."
 +With the win, UMass (28-6) advances to tomorrow's second round to face
 +Maryland (a 74-66 winner over Saint Louis) for the second time this
 +season. UMass won their regular-season matchup, 94-80, Maryland's most
 +lopsided loss of the season.
 +There appeared little doubt the eighth-ranked Minutemen would advance.
 +Yet the game's final tally hardly indicated the trouble UMass had with a
 +team that at times seemed one outside shooter away from matching the
 +Minutemen basket for basket.
 +Both teams shot poorly in the first half (UMass 34 percent, Southwest
 +Texas 35). UMass went ahead, 28-14, on a 3-point basket by [[williams_mike|Mike
 +Williams]] (20 points) with 6:17 left.
 +But Southwest Texas (25-7), which also complained of first-round jitters,
 +spent the next four minutes whittling away and with 2:15 to go pulled to
 +32-25 on a bucket by Dejuan Brown. Williams gave UMass a boost to end
 +the half, hitting two 3-point baskets in the last minute for a 39-25 lead.
 +Williams' points nullified an exceptional defensive effort by the quick
 +Southwest Texas interior players, who frustrated UMass forward Lou Roe,
 +blocking several of his attempts while holding him to 5 points (1-for-6
 +shooting in the first half).
 +"They did a good job on us defensively inside," said Roe, who finished with
 +a game-high 21 points. "They had more blocks on me than any team's had
 +all year."
 +"I was really impressed with Southwest Texas' aggressive play; they never
 +backed down," said Calipari. "Every time I thought we were going to break
 +the game open, they made another run. I haven't seen another team attack
 +us inside like that since we played Kentucky."
 +In the second half, UMass improved to 62 percent shooting. Leading,
 +39-25, at halftime, the Minutemen outscored the Bobcats, 13-2, to start the
 +second half for a 45-27 lead with 17:51 remaining in the game.
 +Then Southwest Texas rallied. Center Mike Ross scored 4 of his 8 points
 +during a 10-4 run that pulled the Bobcats to 47-37 with 13:47 left. With
 +7:58 left, forward Lynwood Wade (a team-high 17 points) hit two free
 +throws to pull the Bobcats within 56-47.
 +"I felt that if we kept it under 10 points at the 10-minute mark, we had a
 +chance," said Southwest Texas coach Jim Wooldridge.
 +But the Bobcats' chances were dashed over the last 8:00. Roe took
 +command; with 6:52 left, he hit a 12-foot baseline jumper to put the
 +Minutemen up, 60-47. He wound up with 12 of UMass' last 20 points.
 +Hampered by UMass' defensive pressure, Southwest Texas scored
 +consecutive baskets once over the last eight minutes. "After we got going,
 +we were good," said Calipari. "I was just happy Lou got going."
 +**UMass wins the struggle\\
 +SW Texas State no pushover**\\
 +By Bob Ryan, [[|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/18/1994
 +WICHITA, Kan. -- Somebody's got to devise a way to hook a polygraph
 +up to a box score.
 +Those suckers can tell whoppers.
 +The Massachusetts-Southwest Texas State box score is a good place to
 +start. You look at this, you might think Lou Roe had a good game. The man
 +had 21 points in 28 minutes, which isn't bad for an NCAA Tournament
 +game. That total reflects some garbage-time padding. The fact is that Lou
 +Roe was humbled by a team he probably never heard of a week ago. This
 +is a truly great college player who is probably very happy his next opponent
 +will be an Atlantic Coast Conference team instead of this
 +who-the-heck-are-they? bunch from the Texas hill country.
 +All of which goes to prove why the NCAA Tournament is such a spectator
 +treat. There are all these teams out there in the Great Beyond just waiting to
 +show us what they've got. They don't even have to win the game in order to
 +make their point. Yeah, No. 2 seed UMass advanced to the second round
 +with a 78-60 triumph over 15th seed Southwest Texas State, but there was
 +nothing ordinary about it.
 +UMass has played [[game19931124_north_carolina|North Carolina]], [[game19941126_kansas|Kansas]], [[game19940127_cincinnati|Cincinnati]], [[game19940118_depaul|De Paul]], [[game19940203_florida_state|Florida
 +State]], [[game19940206_kentucky|Kentucky]], [[opponent_temple|Temple]], [[opponent_george_washington|George Washington]] and [[opponent_west_virginia|West Virginia]] this year,
 +but none of those teams did to the Minutemen what [[wp>Lyndon Johnson|Lyndon Johnson's]] alma
 +mater did to them. The Southland Conference champs took a significant
 +number of UMass shots and threw them back into the nearby Big Arkansas
 +River. Going into yesterday's game, the most blocks an opponent had
 +against the Minutemen was six. The Bobcats said, "Get that weak junk out
 +of here," an official eight times (it felt more like 28) and changed a few
 +more. No one was more baffled by the experience than Mr. Roe, among
 +whose credentials for All-America status this season were a combined 56
 +points and 27 rebounds against North Carolina and Kentucky.
 +"They were one of the most physical and athletic teams we played all year,"
 +lauded Roe. "They were very aggressive down low. Basically, what teams
 +try to do is manhandle us on the box. But the weight training has been good
 +to us. We hold our own down there."
 +Well, yes and no, Lou. You eventually got some decent work done, but not
 +before smartening up a little.
 +"They were physical," said UMass coach John Calipari. "And Lou let his
 +frustration show. He let it get to him mentally. His first reaction was, 'Hey,
 +what's going on?' But the good news is that he figured it all out. He started
 +moving along the baseline to get himself free and he forgot about the sumo
 +wrestling in the post."
 +One of the lessons drawn from this first-round game was just how large a
 +role luck plays in determining who advances and who doesn't. Give Team X
 +the proper matchup and you might be reading about one of those
 +inspirational 15-over-2 upsets this tournament spits out every once in a
 +The fact is that Southwest Texas State is a lot better team than any Yankee
 +would realize, and that given the proper set of circumstances, it might very
 +well have hung an embarrassing L on some smarty-pants team from a major
 +conference instead of heading home with an 18-point loss. The Bobcats'
 +problem is they could hardly have picked a worse opponent, stylewise, than
 +Southwest Texas State has some young men with giddy-up in their legs. We
 +are talking about serious cases of The Hops. Again, think of what happened
 +to Lou Roe.
 +"He's going to be in the NBA someday," reminded Calipari. "And they
 +knocked three of his shots right to his own feet. I've never seen that. Lou
 +looked over at me. I said, 'I don't know, son. Maybe you should try to
 +dunk it.' "
 +While this was going on at one end, a similar thing was going on at the other.
 +Southwest is used to having its own way inside against its normal foes. Now
 +it was undergoing athletic cultural shock of its own. For the first 10 minutes
 +or so, it was as if the Bobcats had left their inside game back in San
 +"We like to get the ball inside and then back out," pointed out Bobcat guard
 +Russell Ponds. "They wouldn't let us get the ball inside."
 +"All our troubles offensively you can credit to their defense," agreed coach
 +Jim Wooldridge. "We have not seen a defense like that, with its physical
 +nature. We didn't handle it well."
 +The UMass pressure did cause major problems for Southwest. But there
 +are plenty of high-ranked teams out there who don't pressure the way
 +UMass does and whose backs would have served as sufficient launching
 +pads for some Southwest rebound attempts. It just so happens that one of
 +the key UMass strengths is its own up-down, up-down second- and
 +third-chance rebound efforts, not to mention its own shot-blocking ability.
 +This was a battle of frontcourt athletic equals.
 +Note that UMass was impressed with Southwest's muscle and jumping
 +ability and that Southwest was impressed with UMass'. Then consider what
 +Southwest could do against teams that are vulnerable inside. The Bobcats
 +could have beaten up inside on Saint Louis, for example. They would have
 +posed a major headache for Boston College. If you want to talk about
 +high-seed teams, the Bobcats could have done some damage to Arizona,
 +just to name one.
 +The very suggestion threw Wooldridge, who did not come here intending to
 +fill up notebooks with controversial statements. "I just thought if we could
 +handle their pressure and play good enough defense against that type of
 +team, we'd have a chance," he said. "I don't know that I can compare them
 +at this point to another high-ranked team."
 +So let Calipari say it for him.
 +"They were fearless," declared Coach Cal. "They were the aggressors.
 +Fortunately, we played very good defense against them."
 +So UMass goes on and Southwest goes home. It's in the books: the
 +favored Minutemen by 18. Such prevarication. The Bobcats didn't get a W,
 +but they did get respect.
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