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Maryland, St. John's Want More

Maryland and St. John's did a good job of harnessing their emotions.

The Terrapins and Red Storm overwhelmed second-round opponents to move on the semifinals of the South Regional, yet neither felt much like celebrating reaching the round of 16.

"It feels good at this point, but I'm not satisfied yet," St. John's center Tyrone Grant said, adding that Saturday's 86-61 victory over Indiana said a lot about the third-seeded Red Storm's potential in the NCAA tournament.

"To beat a program like Indiana's so badly, that says something about us. We've got a better team than people realize. When we play 40 minutes like that, we can beat anyone."

Next up for St. John's is No. 2 seed Maryland, which was impressive in beating Creighton 75-63 to make the final 16 for the second straight season and fourth time in six years.

The matchup Thursday in Knoxville, Tenn., will be the first between the schools in 27 years. Top-seeded Auburn will face fourth-seed Ohio State in the other South semifinal.

"It's an interesting game from the fans' point of view, to see how much you can press a team as quick as St. John's. Or how much they can press us, given our quickness," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "A lot depends on how the game goes and how much courage you have going into the game as a coach."

St. John's handed Indiana its worst beating in a NCAA tournament game, moving Hoosiers coach Bob Knight to say he's not sure his team could win if the schools played five more times.

The Red Storm were unselfish on offense, spreading the scoring among five starters who scored between 12 and 17 points, and frustrated Indiana with a zone defense that coach Mike Jarvis got from Knight.

"I don't know if I'd be here today if I didn't study what he taught, and if I didn't have the kids to carry out what he taught," said Jarvis, in his first year at St. John's. "I'm not going to be hired to give any lectures on zone defense, I guarantee you that. It was more about putting people in position and letting those guys use their athletic ability to help one another."

While Maryland is in the round of 16 for the fourth time in six years, the Terps haven't made it beyond that point since 1975. Creighton trimmed a 21-point deficit to 10 with five minutes remaining, but there was litle question the Bluejays were overmatched.

"Their athleticism got us playing at a pace that we're not comfortable with," said Creighton coach Dana Altman. "Because of that, we looked out of sync all day."

Still, Maryland star Steve Francis was not happy about the way the Terps closed the game.

"We are at least 40-50 points better than them," said Francis, a 6-foot-3 guard who had 18 points and 13 rebounds. "So I am disappointed that we didn't win by as much."

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