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Herman Weiskopf
December 18, 1972
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December 18, 1972

The Week

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That old wheeze about Alabama sports—that there are only two of them, football and spring football—may have gone the way of the Model A Ford. The Crimson Tide, seeing red, humbled Southern Cal 76-66, mostly on the shooting of Wendell Hudson, who was still seething over the memory of the 122-75 loss to USC two years ago when the Trojans kept in their first team most of the way. Said Hudson: "I remember as a sophomore we started a young team and they took advantage of us, so we had a lot of incentive tonight." Hudson put in a dozen straight shots from the field to finish with 13 for 15 and 29 points.

After being whomped by North Carolina State, Georgia Southern (a 144-100 loser) and South Florida (lower by 125-88) had every reason to tell the Wolfpack "We can't go on meeting like this." Southern Coach J.E. Rowe, who felt the Pack deserved its No. 6 ranking in the wire-service polls, said, "I'd rate them right behind the Lakers, Bucks, Celtics, UCLA and a couple of others." Leading point getters for the North Carolinians in the two games were sophomore David Thompson (70) and 7'4" Center Tom Burleson (50).

North Carolina got 28 points from sophomore Donald Washington to drub Dartmouth 128-86, but Washington broke a bone in his left foot as the Tar Heels struggled to beat Virginia Tech 96-82.

"That's going to be a great team. They're quicker than anyone we've seen in a long time." That was South Carolina Coach Frank McGuire's opinion—not about one of the top 20 teams in the nation or a fallen power on the rise again, but about Nevada at Las Vegas, a team with an 0-3 record. As good as Nevada may be, Coach John Bayer is operating like a high roller by testing his youngsters against a brutal schedule. Last week his boys lost to the Gamecocks 76-49 and to Texas Tech 67-53. The week before they lost to Southwestern Louisiana, and this week they face Oral Roberts and Hawaii. Such scheduling is enough to make even Bayer reach for an aspirin. Meanwhile, South Carolina further proved it was no slouch, beating Michigan State 83-64.

Southwestern Louisiana flew past Pan American 111-77 and cavorted its way to the Bayou Classic title at home by disposing of St. Joseph's 85-74 and Marshall 98-84. Even more impressive than the wins was Dwight Lamar, who curbed his gunning (he had a mere 89 points in three games) to devote more time to much-needed playmaking.

Succumbing to Virginia were VMI (85-67) and, after three straight wins, Wake Forest (75-62). Clemson had hopes when it took on Furman, but Tiger optimism was cast away as quickly as stale turnovers, 41 stale turnovers in fact, as they lost 83-69.

Florida State had little difficulty squelching Eastern Kentucky 87-70 or Biscayne 97-62 as Lawrence McCray scored 40 points.

2. MARYLAND (3-0)

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