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Two new players will hold down front court positions, 6'8" redshirt Jerry (Horse) Lee and 6'7�" Keith Harrell, a homegrown freshman. Reggie Green moves from center to forward.
With less talent, Seattle was 15-11 last season and things should be even rosier this time around.
?Few teams have been as predictable as Hawaii the last few seasons. The Rainbows were unbeatable at home, but once they came to the mainland, they played like a bunch of wahines. This year could be an exception. One reason is seven-footer Tommy Barker, who averaged 22 points and 18 rebounds a game last year at Southern Idaho Junior College. Teammate Ron Fryson, a guard, made the trip with him. Waiting to greet them was a third former Southern Idaho star, Victor Kelly. He stands only 5'6", but is no small potato when it comes to ability.
Jimmie Baker has transferred from Nevada-Las Vegas and will start at forward alongside Melton Werts, back from last year's 19-9 team. On the bench is enough depth to staff a fair-sized luau.
Over the past 10 seasons Providence has won 202 games and lost 71, the seventh-best major-college record in the country. During that span PC has gone to seven postseason tournaments. At last the Friars could be headed for a slump, but only a mild one. With Marvin Barnes and Kevin Stacom gone from last year's team, the future lies with sophomore Guard Joe Hassett and freshmen frontcourters Bill Eason, Bruce Campbell and Bob Misevicius. Nine of the team's first 11 games are at home and PC should extend its Civic Center win streak of 34 even while its youngsters mature. The Friars may win fewer than 20 games for the first time in five years, but that is about the worst that is apt to happen, particularly under the excellent coaching of Dave Gavitt.
Another rough court for visitors is Manley Field House, where Syracuse University has compiled a 12-year 112-24 record, thanks to quality teams, foe-baiting fans and a unique raised hardwood floor. Now there is a less frightening down-to-earth Tartan surface, but an easy home schedule could lead to another prolonged Manley winning streak. On the road, things will be tougher for the Orange. Six-foot-nine Rudy Hackett, the only returning big man, needs help up front from 6'9" sophomore Earnie Seibert for Syracuse to be invited to its fifth straight postseason tournament. That is asking a lot of a man who did not appear in a varsity game last year.
A third notable arena, Tallahassee's Tully Gym, sometimes warms up to 100� for Florida State home games. And the Seminoles have the speed to put on some heat of their own. Led by Forward Larry Warren, they should equal their last two 18-8 seasons. One team that will not match its 20-10 record of a year ago is Jacksonville. The Dolphins' 6'9" Center Shawn Leftwich and explosive Forward Henry Williams have been declared ineligible by the NCAA. Canisius' most famous basketball alumnus, John McCarthy, returns to his alma mater as coach. If he can inculcate some teamwork, Mel Montgomery. Charley Jordan and leading major-college scorer (33.4) Larry Fogle might reward him with more than just a Little Three title.
Six-foot-nine Clyde Mayes will lead Furman to another Southern Conference title, and Tree Rollins, a seven-footer, gives Clemson an outside chance to take the ACC's second berth in the expanded NCAA tournament. St. John's with Mel Utley and Fordham with Darryl Brown also have high hopes. If Temple again plays good defense—the Owls allowed only 57.2 points per game last season—LaSalle might have trouble in the East Coast Conference.
Among the Ivies, only Brown has a chance to beat Penn. At home and on a hot night. The Bruins do have an experienced enough team, led by seniors Phil Brown and Eddie Morris, to create another winning streak at the Providence Civic Center. Harvard's coaching ( Satch Sanders) and Princeton's top guard (Armond Hill) will be worth some victories, but the other four Ivies may not even match their forgettable failures of last season, when Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Yale compiled a combined record of only 20 victories and 81 defeats.