D�j� Vu All Over Again?
Does anyone else see the similarities between Miami of Ohio's Wally Szczerbiak (Wally World, Nov. 23) and Larry Bird when he played at Indiana State? Both are forwards, and both enrolled at colleges overshadowed by the local Big Ten school. Bird led his team to the Final Four. Will Wally do the same?
JOE SWEENEY, Portland, Maine
Teams on the Bubble
How could you leave out Ohio State, with a lineup of Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek, Clark Kellogg, Jimmy Jackson and Dennis Hopson (The Alltime Alumni Weekend, Nov. 23)?
HEATH J. FLORKEY Grove City, Ohio
How could you put Notre Dame, a school that has never won an NCAA basketball tide, in your field? Marquette certainly deserves a spot, based on their 1977 NCAA championship and their runner-up finish in 1974. My starters are Doc Rivers, Butch Lee, George Thompson, Bo Ellis and Maurice Lucas.
TOM JANOWSKI, Latham, N.Y.
I would include St. John's. A starting lineup of Jayson Williams, Chris Mullin, Bill Wennington, Walter Berry and Malik Sealy would definitely win some games.
MATT JAFFE, Taftville, Conn.
What about UTEP coached by Don Haskins? Its frontcourt might not be as strong as others, but a three-guard offense led by Tiny Archibald, Tim Hardaway and Bobby Joe Hill would give the competition fits.
LUIS VALDES, Decatur, Ga.
I'm nominating Wake Forest, with Rodney Rogers, Charlie Davis, Tim Duncan, Muggsy Bogues and Randolph Childress.
SCOFF P. GRAHAM, Atlanta
You forgot Arkansas, with Sidney Moncrief, Todd Day, Oliver Miller, Lee Mayberry and Corliss Williamson.
J. Newsom, Longview, Texas
Deserving of a Bid
A playoff among the 16 best college basketball programs of all time that doesn't include seven-time Final Four participant and two-time national champion Louisville, with Wes Unseld, Darrell Griffith (above), Pervis Ellison, Rodney McCray and Derek Smith (The Alltime Alumni Weekend, Nov. 23)? I don't think so.
C.D. Kaplan, Louisville