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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Thunderbirds

24-5

Mid Continent

13-3

9-1

95

Eagles

26-4

Big East

13-3

8-2

7

10

SCOUTING REPORT: The Eagles completed a worst-to-first turnaround this season — going from last place a year ago to winning the Big East championship . . . Sophomore guard Troy Bell averaged 20.1 points and 4.4 assists. He was named conference co-MVP . . . Boston College lacks size. The Eagles' tallest starter is 6-foot-8 . . . B.C. is returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1997 . . . It's a year of firsts for Southern Utah. The Thunderbirds won their first Mid-Continent Conference championship and are making their inaugural NCAA tourney appearance . . . Senior Jeff Monaco earned league MVP accolades after averaging 17.2 points . . . SUU's Bill Evans was named the Mid-Con's top coach . . . The Thunderbirds are 19-1 this season when they score 70 or more points . . . Forward march: Frederick House and Dan Beus are starters of note. House leads SUU in scoring with 17.7 points, and Beus tops the team in rebounds with 7.8.

Boston College (3)

vs. Southern Utah (14)

E A S T S U B R E G I O N A L