- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 20, 2008

TODAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Back in the tournament, George Mason faces Notre Dame in a first-round game from Denver. 9:50 p.m., Chs. 9, 13

HE SAID WHAT?

We felt we had to make a stand, and being on ESPN didn’t hurt. Mike Lowell on the Red Sox’s threatened boycott of their final spring training game

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS

1. FOLARIN CAMPBELL

A starter on George Mason’s Final Four team two years ago, Campbell averages a team-high 15.9 points. But this GMU team isn’t as good as the 2006 squad.

2. DAJUAN SUMMERS

With teams collapsing on Roy Hibbert, the play of Summers will be key if the Hoyas want to make the Final Four for a second straight year.

3. DERRICK MERCER

The American guard is listed at 5-8 but looks closer to 5-6. Regardless, for AU to shock Tennessee tomorrow, he will have to hit a bunch of 3-pointers.

4. RAY BARBOSA

A senior guard, he leads UMBC with 16.9 points a game. The Retrievers won their first conference title since joining Division I in 1986. Now they get Georgetown.

5. KRISTI TOLIVER

Maryland has a No. 1 seed, and Toliver leads the Terps in scoring, assists and steals. Prediction: another Final Four appearance.

TWT FIVE POTENTIAL FIRST-ROUND UPSETS

1. Kansas State (11) over Southern Cal (6). Super freshmen Michael Beasley and O.J. Mayo are getting the attention, but the Wildcats will advance thanks to freshman Bill Walker.

2. Arizona (10) over West Virginia (7). These Wildcats come to Verizon Center wanting to prove they should be in the tournament.

3. Davidson (10) over Gonzaga (7). Led by Stephen Curry, Davidson can shoot the 3-pointer.

4. Oral Roberts (13) over Pittsburgh (4). Pitt could reach the Final Four, or it might have run out of gas after the Big East tournament.

5. Cornell (14) over Stanford (3). In the Academic Bowl, the Big Red edge the Cardinal by splitting an atom at the buzzer.

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