When I first saw the cover of your Dec. 1 issue I was angry and depressed. I thought surely your famous kiss of death had been placed on our beloved Hoosiers. But the No. 1 college basketball team of 1975-76 (and 1974-75) is too awesome to succumb to some silly superstition.
Down here in Chapel Hill I think most people are happy with our "mysterious" coach and with the No. 8 rating you gave us. We're just leaning back and smiling.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Who actually picks your NCAA basketball Top 20? Santa Claus? The Three Little Pigs? Last year Kentucky was not among your illustrious 20, yet the Wildcats finished second in the nation. I figured this year you would certainly include them.
Fort Mitchell, Ky.
You failed to mention the Creighton Blue-jays. Creighton had an impressive 20-7 record last year, appeared in the Top 20 and landed an NCAA regional playoff berth. I also noticed you picked Drake to be tops in the Missouri Valley. Creighton played the tough Bulldogs in its season opener. Final score: Creighton 84, Drake 63.
Enough is enough. Will SI ever see the light and give the Syracuse University basketball team the credit it so richly deserves?
After any preview issue of SI, I always wait with amusement for the 19TH HOLE in the following weeks so I can discover how you "blew it" and how Old PU is honestly the best bet for No. 1. There is no argument with your choice of the Hoosiers after their St. Louis debut; however, you did commit one personal foul. Adrian Dantley's 30.4-points-per-game average placed him second to the University of Richmond's Bob McCurdy (32.9), not David Thompson, who was third with 29.9.
RICK ST. CLAIR
New Hartford, N.Y.
I want to compliment you on finally realizing that women's basketball is just as exciting as the men's game. Female athletes should receive equal recognition, and I hope that this issue marks the beginning.
Rock Hill, S.C.
In college basketball two words, guard and Providence, have become synonymous. Over the years the Friars have delivered a long line of outstanding ball handlers to the pros, ranging from Lenny Wilkens to Kevin Stacom. However, in your article They Can Do Everything (Dec. 1) you make no mention of this year's Providence backcourt, which features Joey Hassett and Furman University transfer Bruce Grimm.
It !seems in your list of a "bumper bunch of do-it-alls" you skipped a guard named Skip Brown of Wake Forest, who finished second only to David Thompson last season in the ACC scoring race with a 22.7-points-per-game average.
JAMES C. MABRY IV
In regard to your photos showing the true worth of the guard in basketball, one facet was left out, jumping ability. A likely candidate for this would have been 6'7" Bob Wilkerson of Indiana. He is such a good leaper that he jumps center in place of 6'11" Kent Benson. In the opener against UCLA he won both center jumps from the Bruins' 7'1�" Ralph Drollinger.
South Bend, Ind.