Fordham's improved shooting and the arrival of poised sophomore Jim Manhardt could pull the Rams back to the .500 mark—but no higher. Not even a coach of Johnny Bach's ability can make a big winner of a squad with so little bench strength and size. Bob Melvin and Joe Dempsey are the only returning starters.
has experience but no height and no reserves, either. Coach Ken Norton's mainstays—Forwards John O'Connor and Alex Osowick, and Guard Doug Rutnik—will rely on speed and percentage shooting, which means that their wins, when they get them, will come the hard way.
, the first to be hit in the scandals, is de-emphasizing—cutting back its traditionally tough schedule against national foes. The team is weaker too, but Coach Richie Regan optimistically plans "some surprises" for opponents who underestimate his short, inexperienced squad that has only one returning starter—14-point-scorer Al Senavitis.
finally has the size and depth Coach John Egli has been dreaming of for years; but now he has other problems. "We're not too fast," he says bravely. Still, with four reliable starters—Gene Harris, John Mitchell, Jacob Trueblood and Earl Hoffman—and three sophomores close to 6 feet 8, he may not need much speed.
is hunting trouble with a schedule that includes Cincinnati, La Salle, Bradley and Dayton. Coach Red Manning has no regulars over 6 feet 5 but he does have high-scoring Clyde Arnold (17.8) and Mike Rice (15.5), along with Starting Guard Bill Stromple and a fine sophomore guard named Willie Somerset. The Dukes can run, pass and shoot, and this time there are 12 of them.
finally got over the .500 mark last year and when three good sophomores, led by high-scoring Brian Generalovich, get some experience, the Panthers are likely to do even better. Coach Bob Timmons has good shooting and a good bench.
Little ST. FRANCIS of Loretto, Pa. takes on a tough schedule with the same five starters who lost 19 of 25 games last year. Coach Skip Hughes has beefed up his offense with two sophomore forwards, Sandy Williams and Gene DeBerardinis, but is still hardly equipped for the likes of Wake Forest and Ohio University.
Army finally has a 6-foot-8 cadet, and he is, naturally, playing center. His name is Charles Richards, and he is one big reason why Coach George Hunter has the best team in academy history. Four others stand 6 feet 6 or more, although none has yet scored as many points as 5-foot-10 Stu Sherard, who led the nation in free-throw accuracy (.877) and the team in scoring (16.8) last season.
lost 19 of 23 games last winter and all its starters through graduation or scholastic difficulties. Coach Marc Guley thoughtfully calls his unsettled starting unit "a dark horse." Others, less charitable, say that there will be some games this year in which the Orangemen might not score.
brings back its four top scorers and a deep, fast backcourt to give Coach Don Martin high hopes of improving last year's erratic showing. Forward Jim Hooley, at 22.3, paces double-figure-shooters Jerry Ward, Jerry Power and Bill Donovan. Two of them, however, may have to take a back seat to speedy Guards Bill Foley and Chuck Chevalier. Problem: the Eagles need a center.