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BASKETBALL'S WEEK (Feb. 4-10)
Roger Jackson
February 18, 1985
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February 18, 1985

Basketball's Week (feb. 4-10)

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SI TOP 20

1. ST. JOHN'S (19-1)

1*

2. GEORGETOWN (21-2)

3

3. MEMPHIS STATE (17-2)

2

4. OKLAHOMA (19-4)

4

5. GEORGIA TECH (18-4)

7

6. MICHIGAN (18-3)

8

7. DUKE (17-4)

6

8. IOWA (19-4)

13

9. LA. TECH (20-2)

10

10. SMU(18-4)

5

11. SYRACUSE (16-4)

9

12. KANSAS (20-4)

15

13. N. CAROLINA (18-5)

17

14. TULSA (18-4)

14

15. UAB(21-5)

19

16. USC (15-5)

17. UNLV(18-3)

16

18. DAYTON (16-5)

19. TEMPLE (17-3)

20. DEPAUL(15-6)

11

*Last week

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"True luck," said one philosopher, "consists not in holding the best cards at the table; luckiest he who knows when to rise and go home." Those words might describe St. John's, which battled back to win a pair of Big East road games over Seton Hall, 87-76 and Villanova, 70-68, to extend its winning streak to 14 games. The Redmen prevailed not so much because of their superior talent, but because senior swing-man Chris Mullin knew when to play his aces. When St. John's trailed the Pirates by 14 points in the second half, Mullin scored 20 of his game-high 26 points.

Against the gritty Wildcats, Mullin was held to four points in the first half by a sticky box-and-one defense, and Villa-nova led the Redmen 52-47 midway through the second half. Thereafter, Mullin dominated the game, getting 12 of St. John's final 18 points in the final 6:17. "I've grown up with him," said Villanova senior center Ed Pinckney, like Mullin a New York native, afterward. "I'm not surprised by anything he does."

With seconds remaining and Boston College trailing Syracuse 66-65, the Eagles got a lucky break of their own. B.C. point guard Michael Adams took a desperate 30-foot shot that landed short of the hoop. But when the Orangemen's bullish 6'8" forward Andre Hawkins and Adams collided, referee Dick Paparo called a blocking foul on Hawkins. Adams hit both ends of a one-and-one with :01 left, and B.C. was a winner 67-66.

Before North Carolina State's 82-78 overtime upset of SMU in Raleigh, N.C., Wolfpack center Cozell McQueen went to the movies. What he saw was The Adventures of King Konc, starring Mustang center Jon Koncak. "I noticed that Koncak likes to post low and come at you with his shot," said McQueen of his viewing of scouting footage. "But I kept stepping in front of him, and when he'd take a shot he was always fading away." Indeed, Koncak positively disappeared in the game, getting just five points on one-of-nine shooting, and three rebounds against McQueen. "I mean, man, I intimidated the man, that's all there was to it," said McQueen.

Duke whipped Maryland 70-62 to prevent Terrapin coach Lefty Driesell, a Blue Devil alumnus (class of '54) from getting his 500th career victory. In the game's waning moments the fans in Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium chanted, "Four-ninety-nine! Four-ninety-nine!"

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Last season, USC went 11-20 and finished eighth in the Pacific-10. Though the Trojans suffered a bewildering series of injuries—"At times I felt I was coaching General Hospital" says coach Stan Morrison—it was clear that improvement was needed. "The future didn't look auspicious," says senior forward Ron Holmes, "so we went to work." Holmes and his teammates undertook an off-season program of weight training and pickup games. Their efforts have paid off. USC last week rolled to road wins over Oregon State (60-58), Washington (61-50) and Washington State (64-58), and with a 9-2 Pac-10 record at week's end, held first place for the first time since 1978-79.

Things are going less smoothly for preseason favorites Oregon State and Washington. Though the Beavers bounced back from the USC loss to beat archrival Oregon 53-51, Oregon coach Ralph Miller still can't get his team to play consistent defense. The most frustrated team of all is Washington, still two games behind the Trojans despite its 67-61 win on Saturday over UCLA. Senior forward Detlef Schrempf, the Pac-10's best player, is regularly double-and triple-teamed and is taking a physical beating. And when junior guard Gary Gardner flunked out of school on Jan. 5, Schrempf inherited the ball-handling duties against pressure defenses. Without a competent guard who would free Schrempf to exploit his marvelous open-court skills, the Huskies are likely to continue to struggle.

Entering its PCAA game at Fresno State, Nevada-Las Vegas had won 17 straight, the longest major-college winning streak in the nation, and Jerry Tarkanian was one career win shy of 400. But after Fresno State beat UNLV 63-52 in Selland Arena, a.k.a. (coach Boyd) Grant's Tomb, the streak was ended and Tark was still at 399.

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