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Kelser and Johnson needn't get a whole lot better. They were one-two in both scoring and rebounding and a dazzling combo on the fast break. The Spartans' break should be even more effective because of improved rebounding. Johnson and Vincent are still the biggest players at 6'8", but the 6'7" Charles is five inches taller than the man he succeeds. Bob Chapman, who has graduated.
However, what Chapman did best is what the Spartans may need most—good outside shooting. Michigan State faced zone defenses in all but four games because of its lack of consistent long-range shooting and the inability of any opponent to stop Johnson man-to-man. As the Spartans' record shows, the zones didn't cause very many losses, although Kentucky's 1-3-1 knocked Michigan State out of the Mideast Regional.
To get more scoring now that Chapman's 12.3 points per game are gone, Heathcote is urging Donnelly to shoot more. Donnelly averaged only six points but he shot 53%. When another perimeter shooter is needed, Heathcote will call on Brkovich.
The best kind of zone defense to play against Michigan State is the stingy kind the Spartans usually play themselves. Opponents averaged only 65.8 points and 45.2% shooting last year, and only twice did they score more than 75 points.
"I tell the players it takes five things for us to win," Heathcote says. "In order, they are teamwork, the fast break, defense, field-goal shooting and offense. I let Earvin take care of the first two, and I handle the rest."
That is one rule Heathcote would never want to change.
The Doctors of Dunk era is now entering its third season at the University of Louisville, but all the Cardinals have to show for the past two years are lots of press clippings and some hideous black warmup jackets. The warmups were designed by the subject of most of the clippings, Darrell Griffith, also known as Dr. Dunkelstein. His prodigious feats of flying and slamming have boosted Louisville's home attendance to 12,788 a game, but not its stock in postseason play. The Cardinals lost to UCLA in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Griffith's freshman year, and last season they were stunned by DePaul in the Midwest semis.
Now a junior, Griffith is a veteran on a young team—nine of the 13 players are freshmen or sophomores—and the time has come for him to develop from a mere dunker into the kind of player who can take charge. Coach Denny Crum believes that his 6'4" star finally feels at home at guard. "He'll be better," says Crum. "He's much improved in shooting, ball handling and running the offense." But, alas, Griffith's defense is still a liability. "It's not of as much interest to him as it ought to be," says Crum.
Griffith will be a guard on a team without a center now that 6'11" Ricky Gallon is gone. To compensate, Crum will use a high-post "transitional" offense in which the players are more or less interchangeable. The forwards will be 6'4" junior Bobby Turner, he of the malevolent scowl and steady play, and 6'8" senior Larry Williams, a skinny southpaw with a soft jumper. The job of replacing Gallon will fall to a pair of 6'8" freshmen, Scooter McCray and Wiley Brown, two of the prize recruits signed by Crum last spring. Both are better players than Gallon was, but neither is a true center. Another freshman, Jerry Eaves, will challenge holdovers Tony Branch, Roger Burkman and Greg Deuser for the starting guard spot opposite Griffith.