HANSI AND JESSIE
As the Rev. Jesse Jackson might put it, you folks in the Lower 48 should just see this wonder from the tundra. He's Jessie (No Relation) Jackson, the 5'8" senior off-guard at Alaska- Anchorage who has scored in double figures in 46 straight games and is the No. 5 scorer in Division II with a 26.4-point average. "When he makes a move," says former Seawolf Ron Beach, "he makes it the way candy tastes."
Hansi Gnad is UAA's long of it to Jackson's short (but sweet) of it. A 6'10" senior from Darmstadt, West Germany, Gnad grabs 12.5 rebounds per game, many of which end up in the hands of a snowbirding Jackson at the other end. When Jackson doesn't score, Gnad (17.1 ppg) will from the low post, where his soft jumper and improving hook have earned him the notice of NBA scouts and have helped lead the Sea wolves, who were No. 1 in Division II earlier this season, to a 19-5 mark. They own wins over Washington and Texas, and three of their losses have been to Michigan, UAB and Iowa. Mush!
You've heard of the proverbial coach on the floor. Consider Memphis State's Larry Finch. He won a breakfast from one of his players by sinking a free throw while lying on his back with his head at the free throw line and his feet facing the far basket.
Then there was John Thompson, who was concerned that he was riding his young Georgetown team too hard. So he spent all of one Hoya practice flat on his back at midcourt with a pillow wedged under his head.
Finally, Michigan State's Jud Heathcote suffered a floor burn of sorts during a game against Illinois. When an errant Spartan pass found its way into his hands, Heathcote slammed the ball down in frustration. It bounced up and struck him in the schnozz.
After watching his team wilt in the second half of an 82-65 home loss to Illinois, Ohio State coach Gary Williams lowered the thermostat in St. John Arena from 74� to 68�. The cooled-down Buckeyes then proceeded to roast Michigan (95-87) and Michigan State (90-72) in back-to-back home victories.
Mike Pollio of Virginia Commonwealth could not understand why his team was 7-1 on the road but only 5-5 at home. So he stopped trying to figure it out. He checked the Rams into a local hotel and had them eat their pre-game meal there before heading to the Richmond Coliseum to play South Florida. The hosts won their ersatz road game 68-66.