Dromo's ace in the hole is 6'9" Mike Grosso, the transfer from South Carolina who will become eligible in the second semester and be available for the last six conference games and, of course, for the NCAA tournament, which Louisville should make. Grosso is taking exercises for his right knee, which was operated on last summer. He has been assured by doctors that he will be ready when he is eligible, and that means he and Unseld will make up a front pair as potent as can be found on any campus. Grosso is extraordinarily quick for a big man; he is also very fast, regardless of size. He can get the defensive rebound, start the break, be part of it and score at the other end.
Until recently it was a toss-up between Cincinnati and Tulsa as to which Valley team could upset Louisville, but now Tulsa has lost Eldridge Webb because of academic troubles. The Bearcats have four of their starters back from a team that lost a lot of close ones last year and easily beat NCAA runner-up Dayton, 62-49. Poor outside shooting was Cincy's problem, and there are two sophomores who may help solve that: Don Ogletree and Bob Schwallie. Another newcomer, Jim Ard, is a strong rebounder and good scorer. He probably will start, along with the dependable veterans Rick Roberson and John Howard.
Unlike Louisville's, the bench here is solid, including Gordon Smith, Dean Foster, Dick Haucke and Raleigh Wynn. Coach Tay Baker plans to run more, hopefully to avoid the ball-handling errors that led to an average of 15 turnovers a game last year.