Obviously, the pressures on him will grow as the season progresses. More teams will concentrate on Higley outside—as Vanderbilt did when it gave Florida its only defeat—to force the big men away from the basket. Vandy was fortunate that Keller, an all-conference forward last year and now the team's leading rebounder and scorer, played so poorly and took only two shots. Keller has the analytical mind of a dedicated crossword-puzzle player, but he and McElroy are given to spectacular lapses of concentration. "You can't believe McElroy," Bartlett said. "You could put his breakfast right under his nose, but if he was in one of his faraway moods, he'd just stare out into space and never know it was there for 10 or 15 minutes." Bartlett rolled the tension stone around in his palm at the thought. Maybe he was planning to have Higley feed McElroy breakfast, too.