The final margin was plenty for DeVoe, whose system has Schintzius and the other musclemen in Florida's front line—Livingston Chatman and Dwayne Davis—playing closer to the basket than they had under Sloan. "As soon as they put all three big men down low," said Florida State coach Pat Kennedy, "I knew we were in trouble."
AN INTERESTING CONFLICT
Virginia coach Terry Holland found himself in an awkward position when his Cavaliers played the inaugural game at Davidson's 6,000-seat Belk Arena. He will become the Davidson athletic director at season's end or no later than May 1.
His dilemma stemmed from a promise he made long before he had any idea of leaving Virginia. When the Davidson coach at the time, Bobby Hussey, asked Holland, a former Wildcat player, to bring in the Cavaliers for the opener at the new arena, Holland said, "Yeah, we'll do that when the time comes."
Trouble was, when the time came, Holland was less than enthusiastic about honoring his commitment. "Davidson couldn't find anybody else," Holland said. "It's the kind of game you avoid if you possibly can. I tried to wiggle out of it every way I could. You don't want to go on the road anyway. You don't want to go where you have personal friends. You don't want to open up somebody else's new arena. It all adds up to a perfect situation for an upset."
For 15 minutes before the game, Holland shook hands with Davidson supporters, but then Bryant Stith scored 21 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 71-57 victory. Despite the defeat, Wildcat coach Bob McKillop got one bit of good news—praise from his future boss. "As an athletic director," Holland said, "I can't help but be pleased by the way Davidson played."
THE GREEN WAVE RETURNS
When he decided to allow his school to resume playing basketball after he had shut down the program on April 4, 1985, in the wake of a highly publicized point-shaving and recruiting scandal, Tulane president Dr. Eamon Kelly established new guidelines for the team that emphasized academics. He also decided that the Green Wave would rejoin the tough Metro Conference instead of competing at a lower level.
What all this meant to new coach Perry Clark, who had been an assistant under Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech, was that the comeback would take longer than it would if, say, he had been allowed to pack his roster with transfers. Only three of Clark's players have any experience above the high school level, a weakness that was painfully apparent in the Green Wave's 0-3 start.
However, Tulane has reason to hope. Last Saturday night a crowd of 3,455 saw the Green Wave take on visiting Hofstra in Fogelman Arena, the ancient campus facility that has been renovated. The Flying Dutchmen, coached by Butch van Breda Kolff, escaped with an 81-80 overtime victory that could easily have been a Tulane win.