•Navy vs. Miami, Feb. 7. Not exactly Ewing meets Sampson, but there's enough interest in Admiral David Robinson and Marshal Tito Horford that Baltimore's Civic Center is booked solid. Two years ago Miami didn't even have a team and Navy was largely unrecognized. How things change.
They are more than mere "student-athletes." Presenting some ballplayer-Renaissance men:
•Arizona freshman guard Harvey Mason, who will likely replace the injured Steve Kerr, is a pop keyboardist and composer. Saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. has recorded Mason's Love Makes It Better.
•Long Beach State soph John Hatten and junior Jeff Nolan, who go 6'9" and 6'8", respectively, dressed up in 150-pound monster suits for roles in the movie Journey to the Center of the Earth, Part II.
•Florida State junior George McCloud, a 6'6" forward, not only cuts his teammates' hair but also specializes in the carefully coifed Seminoles-on-the-warpath 'dos l-'SI' fans fancy on football Saturdays.
•Yale's junior forward Brian Kasbar, when not studying or rehearsing with the Yale Russian Chorus, credited Essays That Worked: 50 Essays from Successful Applications to the Nation's Top Colleges.
•Pat Witting, a senior guard at American, carries a Computer Science/Applied Math double major and has a transcript that is sullied only by two A minuses. He has a patent pending on a computer version of the board game Othello.
Big Five: Do Or Die
Philadelphia's Palestra, that wonderful 59-year-old arena on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, has hosted Big Five "city series" games for 31 years now. It's a building full of double-and triple-header memories so compelling that it even inspired a novel, Palestra. And though the schools making up the Big Five (it's not a real league, just an institution)—Villanova, Penn, Temple, La Salle and St. Joseph's—have agreed to play one another once a season for the next 10 years, things just won't be the same. The problem: Villanova, with its glitzy new du Pont Pavilion, and Temple, with refurbished McGonigle Hall, want home-and-home arrangements with their neighbors and no part of the traditionally neutral Palestra. Penn, La Salle and St. Joe's must go along or face life as the Big Three.