By Kent Larsen
Mormons in NCAAs: Just Duke and Stanford Left
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- After the first weekend of "March Mayhem" only
two teams with Mormon players are left in the NCAA tournament, and
only Stanford seems likely to actually play Mormons in its remaining
games. Two other teams with Mormon players, Utah State and Western
Kentucky, both lost on Friday and Saturday, Western Kentucky without
letting its Mormon, Golden Ingle, touch a live ball.
Ingle, a freshman from Orem, Utah, didn't play much during the
regular season either, recording appearances in just 13 of Western
Kentucky's 30 games and scoring a total of 16 points in those games.
Utah State, meanwhile was mowed over by UCLA 75-50. In neither half
of the game was Utah State able to score more than two points for
every three that the Bruins scored.
The losses of Western Kentucky and Utah State leave Duke and
Stanford, both number 1 seeds in their regions, the only teams with
Mormon players in the tournament. Duke, who has Mormon Matt
Christensen of Massachusetts on its roster, beat Missouri 94-81, but
Christensen didn't get to play in the game. Duke next plays UCLA, the
team that creamed Utah State, on Thursday.
Stanford also won over St. Josephs, 90-83, but unlike the other
teams, its two Mormon players, Casey Jacobsen and Julius Barnes, both
played. Jacobsen scored 21 points, while Barnes scored 5 points.
Stanford next plays Cincinnati, which earlier eliminated BYU from the
tournament, on Thursday.