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 ATLANTA -- Here at the oversized crock pot known as the Georgia Dome, Arkansas gave onlookers a view of its pressure-cooker brand of basketball yesterday in a grueling, intense, emotional practice. Then the Razorbacks left the court confident about their chances of knocking off the No. 1 team in the country.  ATLANTA -- Here at the oversized crock pot known as the Georgia Dome, Arkansas gave onlookers a view of its pressure-cooker brand of basketball yesterday in a grueling, intense, emotional practice. Then the Razorbacks left the court confident about their chances of knocking off the No. 1 team in the country. 
  
-"The pressure is on Massachusetts to continue to be the No. 1 team in the country," said coach Nolan Richardson, whose 12th-seeded Razorbacks (20-12) meet top-seeded UMass (33-1) in the NCAA East Regional semifinals tonight, approximately 30 minutes after second-seeded Georgetown faces third-seeded Texas Tech. +"The pressure is on Massachusetts to continue to be the No. 1 team in the country," said coach Nolan Richardson, whose 12th-seeded Razorbacks (20-12) meet top-seeded UMass (33-1) in the NCAA East Regional semifinals tonight, approximately 30 minutes after second-seeded [[opponent_georgetown|Georgetown]] faces third-seeded [[opponent_texas_tech|Texas Tech]]
  
 "Massachusetts is going to need a peak-level performance to beat us. When I think of a team I wouldn't want to face if I were the No. 1 team in the nation, it would be Arkansas.  "Massachusetts is going to need a peak-level performance to beat us. When I think of a team I wouldn't want to face if I were the No. 1 team in the nation, it would be Arkansas. 
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 The contest is also a rematch between Camby and Razorbacks junior Darnell Robinson.  The contest is also a rematch between Camby and Razorbacks junior Darnell Robinson. 
  
-In last season's Tip-Off Classic, Camby had 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting +In last season's Tip-Off Classic, Camby had 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the floor and 13 rebounds, while Robinson had 8 points on 4-for-10 shooting from the floor and 2 boards as UMass knocked off the defending national champions. 
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-from the floor and 13 rebounds, while Robinson had 8 points on 4-for-10 shooting from the floor and 2 boards as UMass knocked off the defending national champions. +
  
 Then there's the matchup at point guard. Arkansas' Kareem Reid -- one of three freshmen in the starting lineup -- is averaging 6.6 assists, highest in school history. He set a school record with 211 assists this season and has scored 20 points or more six times, including 21 against Penn State in the East Regional first round.  Then there's the matchup at point guard. Arkansas' Kareem Reid -- one of three freshmen in the starting lineup -- is averaging 6.6 assists, highest in school history. He set a school record with 211 assists this season and has scored 20 points or more six times, including 21 against Penn State in the East Regional first round. 
  
-UMass' Edgar Padilla is one of the quickest and clutchest guards in college basketball. He needs four steals to become the first player in Atlantic 10 history to register 100 for a season. He boasts a 2.6-to-1 assist-to-turover ratio and has recorded 10 assists or more five times, including 12 against Stanford. +UMass' Edgar Padilla is one of the quickest and clutchest guards in college basketball. He needs four steals to become the first player in Atlantic 10 history to register 100 for a season. He boasts a 2.6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and has recorded 10 assists or more five times, including 12 against Stanford. 
  
 Add forwards Dana Dingle and Bright to the mix and UMass has more experience at each starting position. The Razorbacks will have to rely on quality team play to pull off the biggest upset of the tournament. Add forwards Dana Dingle and Bright to the mix and UMass has more experience at each starting position. The Razorbacks will have to rely on quality team play to pull off the biggest upset of the tournament.
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 Tyrone Weeks, starting for All-American center Marcus Camby, scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half as top seed Massachusetts rolled into the regional final with a 79-63 thumping of 12 seed Arkansas in the semifinals of the East Region at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Tyrone Weeks, starting for All-American center Marcus Camby, scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half as top seed Massachusetts rolled into the regional final with a 79-63 thumping of 12 seed Arkansas in the semifinals of the East Region at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
  
-{{ https://umasshoops.com/games/1995-96/0321arkansas/padilla_keep_away.jpg?direct250|Edgar Padilla plays keep-away}}+[{{ https://umasshoops.com/games/1995-96/0321arkansas/padilla_keep_away.jpg?direct250|Edgar Padilla plays keep-away}}]
 Weeks, who was inserted into the starting lineup for Camby by coach John Calipari for missing the team bus to the Georgia Dome, responded with 10 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in 13 minutes in the first half. Weeks, who was inserted into the starting lineup for Camby by coach John Calipari for missing the team bus to the Georgia Dome, responded with 10 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in 13 minutes in the first half.
  
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 "It was a great defensive effort," Calipari added. "I'm very happy for my basketball team. We did what we had to do to win. They are a good, young basketball team. We put pressure on them early, which is just what we wanted to do." "It was a great defensive effort," Calipari added. "I'm very happy for my basketball team. We did what we had to do to win. They are a good, young basketball team. We put pressure on them early, which is just what we wanted to do."
  
-The Minutemen were in the East Region final last season before losing to Oklahoma State at the Meadowlands Arena, site of this year's Final Four.+The Minutemen were in the [[game19950326_oklahoma_state|East Region final last season before losing to Oklahoma State]] at the Meadowlands Arena, site of this year's Final Four.
  
 Pat Bradley scored 15 points and Kareem Reid added 12 for Arkansas (20-13), which was the lowest remaining seed in the Tournament heading into tonight's game. Pat Bradley scored 15 points and Kareem Reid added 12 for Arkansas (20-13), which was the lowest remaining seed in the Tournament heading into tonight's game.
  
-The Razorbacks will not be in a regional final for the first time since 1993, when they lost to North Carolina in the regional semifinals. Arkansas won the national championship in 1994 and lost to U-C-L-A in the finals last season.+The Razorbacks will not be in a regional final for the first time since 1993, when they lost to [[opponent_north_carolina|North Carolina]] in the regional semifinals. Arkansas won the national championship in 1994 and lost to U-C-L-A in the finals last season.
  
-Arkansas' defeat was the first loss for the Southeastern Conference in 10 games in this tournament. Kentucky had earlier extended the streak to nine games when it beat Utah in the Midwest Region earlier tonight.+Arkansas' defeat was the first loss for the Southeastern Conference in 10 games in this tournament. [[opponent_kentucky|Kentucky]] had earlier extended the streak to nine games when it beat [[opponent_utah|Utah]] in the Midwest Region earlier tonight.
  
 The Minutemen took control of the game by scoring the first 13 points of the game. Donta Bright started the game with a basket and added a three-point play to make it 5-0. The Minutemen took control of the game by scoring the first 13 points of the game. Donta Bright started the game with a basket and added a three-point play to make it 5-0.
  
-{{ https://umasshoops.com/games/1995-96/0321arkansas/camby_drive.jpg?direct250|Marcus Camby gets ready to put the moves on Darnell Robinson}}+[{{ https://umasshoops.com/games/1995-96/0321arkansas/camby_drive.jpg?direct250|Marcus Camby gets ready to put the moves on Darnell Robinson}}]
 Dingle added two free throws to make it 7-0 when Camby entered the game with 18:28 to play. Camby had a pair of baskets around a basket by Weeks to make it 13-0. Dingle added two free throws to make it 7-0 when Camby entered the game with 18:28 to play. Camby had a pair of baskets around a basket by Weeks to make it 13-0.
  
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 Ever since Georgetown flashed across the screen as the No. 2 seed in the East on the NCAA tournament pairings show, the Minutemen faithful have talked about the possible matchup.  Ever since Georgetown flashed across the screen as the No. 2 seed in the East on the NCAA tournament pairings show, the Minutemen faithful have talked about the possible matchup. 
  
-For Georgetown, it means going to the Final Four for the first time since it was upset in the storied 1985 final by Villanova. For UMass, it means going to the Final Four for the first time ever. +For Georgetown, it means going to the Final Four for the first time since it was upset in the storied 1985 final by [[opponent_villanova|Villanova]]. For UMass, it means going to the Final Four for the first time ever. 
  
 "Last year was a learning experience for us," said Calipari, thinking back to the Minutemen's loss to Oklahoma State in the East final. "It was an opportunity to learn about our program. We learned as a team and I learned as a coach. This time we will be better prepared."  "Last year was a learning experience for us," said Calipari, thinking back to the Minutemen's loss to Oklahoma State in the East final. "It was an opportunity to learn about our program. We learned as a team and I learned as a coach. This time we will be better prepared." 
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 At any rate, UMass and Arkansas tipped off at 10:47, which brought back memories of the four midnight starts coach John Calipari's teams made for ESPN back when UMass was a hunter and not a huntee.  At any rate, UMass and Arkansas tipped off at 10:47, which brought back memories of the four midnight starts coach John Calipari's teams made for ESPN back when UMass was a hunter and not a huntee. 
  
-Any food-gathering latecomers must have thought the game was being played by computer because by the time Marcus Camby entered, it was 7-0 and the thing wasn't even 75 seconds along. You read that "by the time Camby entered the game" part correctly. For reasons which were unknown to all media observers (including the UMass broadcast crew) at tip-off time, Camby was replaced in the starting lineup by Tyrone Weeks. " 'Coach's Decision' is all I can tell you," said sports information director Bill Strickland at halftime. "Hopefully, he'll tell us more later." (In fact, Coach Cal revealed after the game that Camby had been benched for being late for a team shootaround +Any food-gathering latecomers must have thought the game was being played by computer because by the time Marcus Camby entered, it was 7-0 and the thing wasn't even 75 seconds along. You read that "by the time Camby entered the game" part correctly. For reasons which were unknown to all media observers (including the UMass broadcast crew) at tip-off time, Camby was replaced in the starting lineup by Tyrone Weeks. " 'Coach's Decision' is all I can tell you," said sports information director Bill Strickland at halftime. "Hopefully, he'll tell us more later." (In fact, Coach Cal revealed after the game that Camby had been benched for being late for a team shootaround because he was caught in traffic.) 
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-because he was caught in traffic.) +
  
-It's been a long time since UMass came out and really played a serious two- way, pedal-to-the-metal game, the last such occasion probably being the second Temple game (84-55). UMass has had nice defensive moments, nice offensive moments and nice move-the-ball moments, but the Minutemen have managed to put some suspense in just about every one of their games during the past six weeks or so. +It's been a long time since UMass came out and really played a serious two-way, pedal-to-the-metal game, the last such occasion probably being the [[game19960211_temple|second Temple game (84-55)]]. UMass has had nice defensive moments, nice offensive moments and nice move-the-ball moments, but the Minutemen have managed to put some suspense in just about every one of their games during the past six weeks or so. 
  
 They came out sizzling last night, however. Donta Bright hit a jumper to start and then stole the inbounds pass for an old-fashioned 3-point play, making it 5-0 in dramatic fashion. The lead grew to 13-0 before center Lee Wilson got the Razorbacks off the schneid with a pair of free throws.  They came out sizzling last night, however. Donta Bright hit a jumper to start and then stole the inbounds pass for an old-fashioned 3-point play, making it 5-0 in dramatic fashion. The lead grew to 13-0 before center Lee Wilson got the Razorbacks off the schneid with a pair of free throws. 
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 Speaking of same, remind Nolan Richardson to send a thank you note to the Naismith Estate for the old boy's thoughtfulness in inventing the foul shot as a means of scoring. The Razorbacks were 14 for 16 from the line in the first half, which helped offset execrable shooting from the floor: 5 for 27 (19 percent).  Speaking of same, remind Nolan Richardson to send a thank you note to the Naismith Estate for the old boy's thoughtfulness in inventing the foul shot as a means of scoring. The Razorbacks were 14 for 16 from the line in the first half, which helped offset execrable shooting from the floor: 5 for 27 (19 percent). 
  
 +[{{ https://umasshoops.com/games/1995-96/0321arkansas/norville_pressure.jpg?direct250|Inus Norville applies the defensive pressure}}]
 Calipari's only real concern at halftime was that too many of his big people had incurred the wrath of the zebras. By intermission, Camby and Weeks had three personals apiece while backup forward/center Inus Norville had four. Rigoberto Nunez and Ted Cottrell were seen warming up in the bullpen.  Calipari's only real concern at halftime was that too many of his big people had incurred the wrath of the zebras. By intermission, Camby and Weeks had three personals apiece while backup forward/center Inus Norville had four. Rigoberto Nunez and Ted Cottrell were seen warming up in the bullpen. 
  
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 Because the preceding game in Atlanta between Georgetown and Texas Tech contained too many fouls called by the officials, too many timeouts called by the coaches and too many commercials called by CBS, the Minutemen did not tip off against Arkansas in the their NCAA East Regional semifinal until 10:47 last night. The sloppy, noncompetitive game that followed did not conclude until 12:52 a.m.  Because the preceding game in Atlanta between Georgetown and Texas Tech contained too many fouls called by the officials, too many timeouts called by the coaches and too many commercials called by CBS, the Minutemen did not tip off against Arkansas in the their NCAA East Regional semifinal until 10:47 last night. The sloppy, noncompetitive game that followed did not conclude until 12:52 a.m. 
  
-The major uncertainty occurred three minutes before the game when CBS' Sean McDonough, broadcasting Wake Forest-Louisville in Minneapolis, reported that Marcus Camby would not start for UMass. No one at CBS could say why; it had just been announced. More than two hours later on SportsChannel, UMass coach John Calipari said he sat Camby down briefly because his starting center was late for the bus for a shootaround after getting caught in traffic. +The major uncertainty occurred three minutes before the game when CBS' Sean McDonough, broadcasting [[opponent_wake_forest|Wake Forest]]-[[opponent_louisville|Louisville]] in Minneapolis, reported that Marcus Camby would not start for UMass. No one at CBS could say why; it had just been announced. More than two hours later on SportsChannel, UMass coach John Calipari said he sat Camby down briefly because his starting center was late for the bus for a shootaround after getting caught in traffic. 
  
 Less than two minutes into the game, Camby entered and played without distinction in the first half until he committed his third foul and sat down again. No big deal. Arkansas was terribly overmatched, although announcers Gus Johnson and Quinn Buckner could not bring themselves to state it.  Less than two minutes into the game, Camby entered and played without distinction in the first half until he committed his third foul and sat down again. No big deal. Arkansas was terribly overmatched, although announcers Gus Johnson and Quinn Buckner could not bring themselves to state it. 
  
-Early in the second half with UMass up by 26, CBS swung even the Boston audience on Channel 4 to the final minute of the 1-point Wake Forest- Louisville game. Anything to stay awake in the Eastern time zone. +Early in the second half with UMass up by 26, CBS swung even the Boston audience on Channel 4 to the final minute of the 1-point Wake Forest-Louisville game. Anything to stay awake in the Eastern time zone. 
  
 Pity CBS when it had to bring the late-night neutral fans who had been watching the thriller in Minneapolis to Atlanta, where UMass led by 26 again.  Pity CBS when it had to bring the late-night neutral fans who had been watching the thriller in Minneapolis to Atlanta, where UMass led by 26 again. 
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 "They were laughing so much they made me laugh," said Travieso. "But this is something you just have to laugh at. But I wasn't laughing until they made me laugh."  "They were laughing so much they made me laugh," said Travieso. "But this is something you just have to laugh at. But I wasn't laughing until they made me laugh." 
  
-Still, his teammates gave him a rousing cheer when Travieso took the floor during Wednesday's shootaround. "That fall will be the Play of the Day," said teammate Charlton Clarke. "He'll probably get an ESPY." +Still, his teammates gave him a rousing cheer when Travieso took the floor during Wednesday's shootaround. "That fall will be the Play of the Day," said teammate [[clarke_charlton|Charlton Clarke]]. "He'll probably get an ESPY." 
  
 When Travieso was a freshman, however, he laughed very little. In addition to shooting poorly and playing sparingly, he often found himself on the cutting edge of Calipari's pointed remarks.  When Travieso was a freshman, however, he laughed very little. In addition to shooting poorly and playing sparingly, he often found himself on the cutting edge of Calipari's pointed remarks. 
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 By Chris Black, [[http://www.boston.com/globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/22/1996 By Chris Black, [[http://www.boston.com/globe|Boston Globe]] Staff, 3/22/1996
  
-WASHINGTON -- President Clinton and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy yesterday set a wager of hometown cuisines for the victor of last night's University of Massachusetts-Arkansas NCAA game in Atlanta. +WASHINGTON -- President Clinton and [[wp>Sen. Edward M. Kennedy]] yesterday set a wager of hometown cuisines for the victor of last night's University of Massachusetts-Arkansas NCAA game in Atlanta. 
  
 Clinton, the former governor of Arkansas and an ardent University of Arkansas fan, pledged to host a tamale dinner for Kennedy at Doe's Eat and Drink Place in Little Rock, a well-known downtown restaurant that serves huge slabs of beef and margaritas in frosted beer mugs, if his team loses the game.  Clinton, the former governor of Arkansas and an ardent University of Arkansas fan, pledged to host a tamale dinner for Kennedy at Doe's Eat and Drink Place in Little Rock, a well-known downtown restaurant that serves huge slabs of beef and margaritas in frosted beer mugs, if his team loses the game. 
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 ATLANTA -- The University of Arkansas justified everyone's amazement that it had gotten into the round of 16 with a demonstration of awful shooting and inept ball control the likes of which even the Nets in their worst days would have had difficulty matching. ATLANTA -- The University of Arkansas justified everyone's amazement that it had gotten into the round of 16 with a demonstration of awful shooting and inept ball control the likes of which even the Nets in their worst days would have had difficulty matching.
  
-{{ https://umasshoops.com/games/1995-96/0321arkansas/norville_pressure.jpg?direct250|Inus Norville applies the defensive pressure}} 
 Facing top-seeded UMass, the Razorbacks turned from Cinderella into just cinders, their hopes torched by their inability to hit a basket in a 79-63 loss to the Minutemen on Thursday night in an East regional semifinal. Facing top-seeded UMass, the Razorbacks turned from Cinderella into just cinders, their hopes torched by their inability to hit a basket in a 79-63 loss to the Minutemen on Thursday night in an East regional semifinal.
  
-In the first half, the team that had shot 50 percent in knocking Penn State out of the tournament shot 18.5 percent, and nothing it did after that was going to be enough against the Minutemen, who took a 16-point lead into the locker room at halftime, and were never seriously challenged thereafter.+In the first half, the team that had shot 50 percent in knocking [[opponent_penn_state|Penn State]] out of the tournament shot 18.5 percent, and nothing it did after that was going to be enough against the Minutemen, who took a 16-point lead into the locker room at halftime, and were never seriously challenged thereafter.
  
 The only question was whether the Atlanta Olympic organizers, who are trying to pave a nearby park with commemorative bricks, would be able to finish the job with those provided by Arkansas. The only question was whether the Atlanta Olympic organizers, who are trying to pave a nearby park with commemorative bricks, would be able to finish the job with those provided by Arkansas.
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