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Joe Jares
November 30, 1970
This is the interim for UCLA—between Alcindor's years and the current freshmen, who are said to be something special. So what does a Bruin do during an interim? He wins, as the Uclans did last year and probably will again. Of course, someone could always get hot and break the string of NCAA championships at four. Any of a dozen teams—particularly the best half dozen—have the shooting, depth, height and balance to win the title. To assess their chances, the country's best teams were scouted—and ranked from I through 20—by Joe Jares, Pete Carry, Curry Kirkpatrick, Hal Peterson, Billy Reed, George Curry, Don Delliquanti, Larry Keith and Sandy Treadwell.
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November 30, 1970

The Top 20 Teams

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If Laster does not settle into a forward spot, transfer John Dearman, a stylish shooter, probably will. Eddie Trail, another transfer, has the ball handling and driving ability to take defensive pressure off Newlin and enable Coach Jack Gardner to rely more on guard options. And Jimmy Wright, though only 5'7", is so quick he could go through the laundry without getting wet.

Coach Gardner is a methodical teacher who believes in organization. "If it moves, we chart it," he admits. Will the fans in the new arena be watching the usual freewheeling Utah fast break? Because his statistics convince him it is easier to teach than complicated set offenses, they will. And, anyway, Gardner says, "It works." It better. Somebody has to pay for that carpeting.

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