"I'd love to play North Park," says Murphy. "We don't have too much talent. But we have it here." Murphy points to his heart. In the interest of equal time, the administration would also like him to point to his head.
The NCAA Division II defending champ, Cheyney (Pa.) State, looks tough again, with three of its five starters returning, including star Forward Andrew Fields. Florida Tech, which finished in the final four last year, should be helped by the return of Coach Torchy Clark's son Bo, who was third in the nation in scoring two years ago before sitting out 1977-78 with an injury. New York Tech, Philadelphia Textile, Eastern Illinois and Wisconsin-Green Bay will all be contenders.
With defending champion Grand Canyon of Arizona rebuilding, the NAIA should be dominated by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which includes Norfolk (Va.) State, Winston-Salem ( N.C.) State and Hampton (Va.) Institute. Any of the three is capable of being No. 1. The NAIA's mystery team is Winthrop ( S.C.) College, which is in its first year of intercollegiate basketball. Two years ago Coach Nield Gordon came up the road a piece from 36—1 Newberry College, bringing with him two not-quite-identical twins (Ronnie Creamer is 6'9", his brother Donnie is 6'10") and 6'11" Alan Ours. Gordon himself is 6'6". Beating Winthrop could be a tall order.