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What's hot, what's not
for NCAA Tourney

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Momentum's always important, but it's never more meaningful than during March Madness. So who's hot -- and who's not -- entering the 2001 NCAA Tournament? Page 2 reveals its list:

Page 2's Hot 'n' Not list for Big Dance
Category   Hot   Not
Directional school   Northwestern StateNorthwestern State   Northwestern StateWestern Kentucky
Premature MOP favorite   Jason WilliamsCasey Jacobsen   Jason WilliamsJason Williams
This year's Gonzaga   HofstraHofstra   GonzagaGonzaga
Philly's sentimental favorite   Phil MartelliPhil Martelli   John ChaneyJohn Chaney
Sleeper   XavierXavier   CreightonCreighton
Fan   "Baywatch Hawaii" cast   Ashley Judd
Veteran coach   Lefty Driesell   Jim Calhoun
Young coach   Bill Self   Matt Doherty
"He's due" coach   Al Skinner (B.C.)   Dave Odom (Wake)
Hoops hotbed   Utah   Mississippi
Lock to choke   USCUSC   SyracuseSyracuse
Nickname   Pride   Hilltoppers
Cheerleaders   Winthrop   We're not that mean
Carry-the-team PG   Dan Dickau (Gonzaga)   Tony Harris (Tennessee)
Coach Williams = Choker   Roy   Gary
Go-to scorer   Troy BellTroy Bell (B.C.)   Joe ForteJoe Forte (UNC)
Upset special   Utah State over Ohio State   BYU over Cincy
Phrase at the office   "Have you paid for your entry?"   "How bout that NASDAQ?"
Sub-region   Boise, Idaho   Uniondale, N.Y.
"State"   Kent   Mississippi
Sartorial style (coach)   Sweaters   Mock turtlenecks
Sartorial style (player)   Roc-a-fella   Sean John
Bench superstition   Timed feet-stomp   Holding hands
Jersey to be seen in   Hawaii   St. John's
"Sound-smarter" buzzwords for the water cooler   "Record vs. RPI 100"   "I pick by the mascot."
Conventional wisdom   Depth wins   Seniors win
Defense   GeorgetownGeorgetown   TennesseeTennessee
Hot coming in   Hofstra   Wake Forest
Bandwagon team   IllinoisIllinois   StanfordBoston College
Hairstyle   Cornrows   The high 'fro
3-point shooter   Joe CrispinJoe Crispin (Penn State)   Brett NelsonBrett Nelson (Florida)
Best first-round matchup   Gonzaga-Virginia   Cal-Fresno State
"Get over it already"   Duke, Stanford in semis   Maryland got screwed
Fashion statement   High socks   Headbands
Backcourt   Maryland's Dixon/Blake   Duke's J-Will/Duhon
Frontcourt   Stanford's Tall Trees   G'town's versatility
Has it easy   DukeDuke   StanfordStanford
Discussion topic at the office   "How's your Boise bracket?"   "How's that report coming?"
"OH-ver-RAY-ted!"   Indiana a 4   Boston College a 3
Trend   Big-league squeeze-out   Overall win total
NIT favorite   Alabama   Seton Hall
Will screw your bracket every time   UCLA   The Big Ten
NCAA coach convention hot-button issue   Non-conference schedule   TV revenues
Go-to scorer   Shernard Long (Georgia State)   Jeff Trepagnier (USC)
Best bench   IllinoisIllinois   Michigan StateMichigan State
Pity for burst bubble   Richmond   Villanova
Strategy   Half-court execution   Lock-'em-up defense
Cliché   "Survive and advance"   "One game at a time"
Second-rounder we want to see   Lefty vs. Maryland   Loren Woods vs. Wake
Least likely to be underexposed   Shane BattierShane Battier (Duke)   Frank WilliamsFrank Williams (Illinois)
Needs more hype   Tito Maddox (Fresno)   Troy Murphy (Notre Dame)
Hottest ticket   64 vs. 65 play-in   Sweet 16
"One Shining Moment" cover band wish   Destiny's Child   Luther Vandross
Duke injury to watch   Jason William's ankle   Carlos Boozer's foot
Spotlight stealer   Pitino to Michigan?   Knight to Texas Tech?
Human highlight reel   Jamaal Tinsley
(Iowa State)
  Jason Richardson (Michigan State)

Everyone out there thinks they know the hot sleeper or the favorite that can't miss. Well, Page 2 already has heard it all, and here's what we think of the conventional wisdom on picking this year's bracket:

Bracket knowledge
Category   We like   We don't like
East fave   Duke   Kentucky
East sleeper   Hofstra   Creighton
West fave   Maryland   Stanford
West sleeper   Georgia State   St. Joe's
Midwest fave   Illinois   Arizona
Midwest sleeper   Iona   UNC-Charlotte
South fave   Michigan State   Florida
South sleeper   Gonzaga   Providence
Pick for your boss   Stanford over Michigan State   Arizona over Kentucky
Pick for yourself   DukeDuke over ...   Michigan State... Michigan State

Dan Shanoff, the former men's college basketball editor for, is an honorary member of Page 2's editorial wrecking crew.

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