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Sunday, March 24th, 2002

by Dan Hauptman

News and Notes
ESPN.com’s Andy Katz is reporting that Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins told staff members on Saturday that he was in the process of working on a contract with West Virginia. The report also says that the deal is not completely done and that there are a number of details that need to be finalized.

The Big 12 is 12-4, with Oklahoma in the Final Four and Kansas playing on Sunday in the Midwest Regional Final.

Both coaches (Kelvin Sampson, Oklahoma and Mike Davis, Indiana) that won on Saturday are going to their first Final Four as head coach.

Indiana is 3-1 all-time (2-0 in NCAA Tournament) vs. Oklahoma. In the last meeting between the schools, No. 7 Indiana beat No. 10 Oklahoma 94-87 in OT in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament.

Indiana guard Tom Coverdale re-injured his left ankle in the second half of the Hoosiers’ win vs. Kent State. With 9:35 remaining, the junior stepped on the foot of a Kent State player and then immediately grabbed his ankle. He was taken into the locker room for x-rays and did not return to the game. There is no word on the severity of the injury or his status for next weekend’s Final Four. Coverdale scored 14 points and was named the South Region MVP.

This is Indiana’s first Final Four since 1992. Oklahoma, who extended their winning streak against Missouri to nine games, is in their first Final Four since 1988.

Saturday’s Heroes
Quannas White, Oklahoma: 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7assists in win vs. Missouri. Helped hold Clarence Gilbert to 7 points on 1 of 16 FGs.

Hollis Price, Oklahoma: 18 points and 4 rebounds in win vs. Missouri. Named West Region MVP.

Kyle Hornsby, Indiana: 16 points (4/5 3-pt FGs) and 7 assists in win vs. Kent State.

Dane Fife, Indiana: 17 points (5/6 3-pt FGs) in win vs. Kent State.

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