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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.


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