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Morin Bishop
February 15, 1988
A FRESH LOOK
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February 15, 1988

College Basketball

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TOP 20

THIS WEEK

 

LAST WEEK

1

PURDUE (19-2)

5

2

TEMPLE (18-1)

6

3

PITTSBURGH (16-2)

7

4

OKLAHOMA (20-2)

8

5

ARIZONA (21-2)

1

6

DUKE (15-3)

2

7

NORTH CAROLINA (16-3)

10

8

UNLV (20-2)

3

9

BYU (17-1)

4

10

KENTUCKY (16-3)

12

11

SYRACUSE (17-5)

13

12

MICHIGAN (18-4)

9

13

WYOMING (17-4)

14

14

GEORGETOWN (14-6)

11

15

BRADLEY (14-3)

15

16

NC STATE (14-4)

17

KANSAS STATE(14-4)

18

UC S. BARBARA (16-4)

19

VANDERBILT (14-5)

16

20

RHODE ISLAND (19-3)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

VERNELL (BIMBO) COLES
Virginia Techs 6'1" sophomore guard had 34 points and seven assists in a 107-99 Hokies loss to Louisville and 51 points and 11 assists in a 141-133 double OT win over Southern Miss.

A FRESH LOOK

Nobody said it would be easy being the defending national champion, but when Indiana slumped to 9-6 in late January, Hoosier coach Bob Knight had seen enough of the tough times. He decided to bench two starters, guard Keith Smart and forward Rick Calloway, both of whom starred in last year's NCAA championship victory over Syracuse. Smart's demotion, brought on by erratic play and by his failure to provide strong leadership in the backcourt, seemed an especially risky stratagem because it left Indiana with an all-freshman backcourt of Lyndon Jones and Jay Edwards, who both played at Marion ( Ind.) High last season. The reunion of Jones and Edwards became a revival for the Hoosiers. At week's end after Knight shuffled his lineup, they had won four straight games with Edwards averaging 19.5 points in victories over Ohio State, Purdue, Minnesota and Illinois.

The freshen-up-with-freshmen approach seems to be catching on elsewhere, too. At Kentucky the inconsistent play of seniors Cedric Jenkins and Richard Madison prompted coach Eddie Sutton to promote 6'11" freshman forward LeRon Ellis to a starting role and 6'6" freshman Eric Manuel to the sixth-man spot. Through Sunday the Wildcats had won three in a row since the change.

A FEW GOOD MEN

For those few blue-chip high school players who decided not to commit themselves to schools during the early signing period in November, the recruiting battles have gotten fiercer and fiercer. Here are the holdouts under the hottest pursuit:

? Don MacLean, a 6'10" forward from Simi Valley ( Calif.) High, is rated as the nation's No. 9 high school player by scout Bob Gibbons and considered by many recruiters to be the sharpest-shooting big man in the country. Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, UNLV and UCLA are most interested. In the recruiting game little things can mean a lot. UNLV, for instance, is hoping that the friendship between Runnin' Rebels assistant coach Tim Grgurich and MacLean's high school coach, Bob Hawking, gives it an edge.

?Jerrod Mustaf, a 6'10" forward from Hyattsville, Md., is now thought to be a lock for Maryland. Says one ACC assistant, "We assume he's going there. He sits beside their bench every game."

? Chris Jackson and Litterial Green, two of the nation's most talented schoolboy point guards, live within 30 miles of each other in Gulfport and Moss Point, Miss., respectively. According to sources, Jackson has signed a letter with LSU, but his mother has not, so the document is void. Meanwhile Mississippi State is still pitching hard for the 6-footer's services.

The 6'1" Green, rival recruiters say, is under constant surveillance by Georgia assistant coach Tevester Anderson, who has all but taken up residence in Moss Point. Green, who's also coveted by Georgia Tech, Wyoming, Alabama and Clemson, claims he didn't sign early because he wanted to keep the recruiters coming around so that his teammates would get some exposure.

REPENTANCE?
Missouri's rabid student cheering section, known collectively as the Antlers, stooped to new lows two weeks back when, among other pranks, they impeded the progress of the Iowa State bus as it made its way to Hearnes Center, and during the pregame shoot-around they yelled tasteless comments about Cyclones forward Jeff Grayer's family. After a formal reprimand from the Tigers' athletic director, Jack Lengyel, the Antlers showed up for Missouri's game against Colorado on Feb. 3 dressed in nuns' habits and angel costumes or impersonating such famous good guys as Gandhi, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Abe Lincoln. Before the game a fan presented Colorado coach Tom Miller with a box of candy, and the crowd loudly greeted the Buffaloes with shouts of "Best wishes!" "Good luck!" and "Have a nice day!"

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