SOUTH TO ALASKA
How the national champion Louisville Cardinals spent their Thanksgiving vacation:
On the way to Anchorage for the Great Alaska Shootout, Pervis Ellison's baggage was lost by an airline for two days, during which Never Nervous, protected only by a windbreaker, was never warm.
A false fire alarm in the middle of the night routed the team from its hotel rooms to the lobby; all except Pervis, who slept through it.
Coach Denny Crum couldn't get back to sleep after the alarm. No wonder. The Cards have no guards who can handle pressure. Kevin Walls, a mystery anyway, has an inflamed Achilles tendon, and Keith Williams, last year's redshirt freshman, committed three early fouls against Northeastern, whereupon Crum had to go with can't-play senior Chris West.
The champs made 21 turnovers in the first half against the Huskies, to lose 88-84, and then shot 7 for 25 with 6 airballs in the first half against Washington for a 69-54 hosing. Then the 'Ville lost to Texas 74-70. Ellison, who fouled out but three times as a freshman, was whistled from all three losses. "I think my timing is a little off," he said.
How about a couple of time zones off?
THEN THERE'S EGIL EIDE OF NORWAY
If there was ever any question that this season would be somewhat less than spectacular—what with the lack of dominant teams, famous players and common two-point sense—forget it. It is a pleasure to report the results of some thrilling traditional early games:
Shenandoah 61, Gallaudet 60.
Baruch 57, Lehman 54.
Biola 84, Guadalajara 44.