If that's so, there aren't many atheists in the Grand Rapids area. Fans there camp out overnight in line to get tickets to the game. The unlucky ones can watch at home, because a Grand Rapids TV station has shown the series for the last 10 years, even preempting President Bush's State of the Union address in 1990 when it conflicted with a game.
The only things the Hope-Calvin rivalry lacks are some of the perks of Division I. The Holland Civic Center, for instance, isn't exactly the Carrier Dome. It held a sellout crowd of 2,550 last Saturday. It's also unlikely that Christian Laettner and Alonzo Mourning do their own sneaker shopping, as does 6'7" Calvin center Steve Honderd. Honderd sported an ugly pair of black-and-white hightops for the game. "I went to the store, and they were the only size 13s they had, so I bought them," Honderd says.
"You know when you come to Hope, you won't get pampered the way players are in Division I," says 6'5" Hope forward Bart VerHulst. "But maybe that's what makes this so great. We work just as hard as they do, without getting the extras."
Maryland, then the top-ranked women's team, lost 75-74 in a rematch at home against No. 2 Virginia last week, but the Terrapins might have gained some badly needed fans. A sellout crowd of 14,500, an ACC women's record, saw the game at Cole Field House. Last season, the Terps had a total attendance of 11,385 for 13 home games....
The women's team from the College of Notre Dame (INSIDE COLLEGE BASKETBALL, Dec. 30), a Division II school in Belmont, Calif., had lost 70 consecutive games dating back to December 1988, the longest such streak in NCAA history. One of those losses was a 79-31 defeat by Simpson Bible College in December, in which Simpson continued to press the Argonauts, even after Notre Dame had only three players left because the rest of the team had fouled out. The Argos snapped the streak last Friday with a 53-32 win over, yes, Simpson Bible College. Vengeance was sweet.