LAST SEASON: 23-9; lost to Navy in NCAA first round.
GOODBYE TO: Practically nobody.
SUPPORTING CAST: 6'11" c Brian Rahilly; 6'10" f Anthony Fobbs: g Byron Boudreaux.
INTRODUCING: 6'7" Ole Miss transfer Donald Royster; freshman g Greg Johnson.
SEE YOU IN THE SUPERDOME IF: Rahilly produces as he did late last season; the freshmen let starters get the rest they didn't get in '85-86.
Other than their abilities to score and rebound, Tulsa's M & M Boys are as different as plain and peanut. Junior guard Tracy Moore (16.8 points, 3.6 rebounds per game) from Oklahoma City is so quiet that when he goes to a movie, people tell him to speak up. Senior forward David Moss (14.7, 6.4) from San Antonio talks loudly and often.
Moore adroitly shifted last season from the run-and-gun style of former coach Nolan Richardson to the disciplined approach of J.D. Barnett. The coltish Moss, on the other hand, constantly strained the binds of Barnett's offense, until a late-season loss to Wichita State broke him. "Now I'm learning the game," Moss says. "Running isn't everything. But the adjustment is still hard."
Barnett worries about Moss's wildness on the court and Moore's reticence off it. "Tracy's got to learn to sell himself," the coach says. "Put him on the floor and he has a magnificent personality."
Moore may be economical with words, but he can entertain. For instance, there's his travelogue on his summer trip to Taiwan as a member of the U.S. team that won the Jones Cup.
On the earthquake: "I thought I was getting dizzy. We ran out to the street. You know how in those monster movies you see all those Chinese people out on the street looking up? It was just like that." On the cuisine: "I don't eat Chinese food. I tried the McDonald's and the Wendy's, but the meat tasted funny. They got good bread over there. I lived on that and Coke and Pepsi for three weeks." He lost five pounds.