NEW BRUNSWICK - Back in the days when top seeds hosted first-round NCAA women's basketball tournament games, someone at Iowa forgot C. Vivian Stringer's squad might be one of those teams and booked Guns N Roses in the arena. Stringer's pleas to Axl Rose to reschedule his show made MTV, but the Guns N Roses' frontman wouldn't yield the Hawkeyes' gym and Iowa had to go halfway across the country to Old Dominion. Then there was the year Stringer's team got sent to Long Beach (Calif.) State, and Tennessee coach Pat Summit called to offer condolences. The first-row fans' knees dug into the players' backs when they sat on the bench, the walls dripped more sweat than any player did, and Stringer still thinks she must've been playing in an auxiliary gym. So basically, a No. 4 seed for Rutgers this year, in Athens, Ga., with No. 5 seed Georgia playing host, is just fine.
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PISCATAWAY -- One year after missing out on the NCAA tournament, No. 23 Rutgers yesterday received the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region. The Scarlet Knights will square off against Western Kentucky, the region's No. 13 seed, on Saturday in Athens, Ga., at noon.
Football - LJ at the combine
Football is still a game measured in increments of a yard but, when it comes to assessing draft prospects at the annual combine workouts in Indianapolis, the benchmarks change a bit. The common comparisons for the 325 players invited to be poked, prodded and processed during the combine event change to "reps" hundredths of a second, feet and even inches. And while most of the highly-regarded players still decline to participate in all the on-field workouts, the measurements still are meaningful ones.
After watching President Bush's speech Monday night, NCAA President Myles Brand said basketball tournament games could be delayed by war, although no decision has been made. "They might, but on the other hand I think we should be very careful not to let Saddam Hussein control our lives," Brand said. "We have to balance those. We have to show respect and concern for our men and women in uniform. At the same time, we also want to make sure we don't let our lives be taken over by a tyrant."
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