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THE WEEK (Feb. 14-20)
Roger Jackson
February 28, 1983
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February 28, 1983

The Week (feb. 14-20)

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ANYTHING'S BETTER THAN PLAYING PHILADELPHIA

After 53 games, the Sixers are still on a par with the alltime best

GAMES

10

20

30

40

50

53

TOTAL

1966-67 76ers

9-1

18-2

27-3

37-3

46-4

47-6

68-13

1970-71 Bucks

9-1

17-3

24-6

33-7

41-9

44-9

66-16

1971-72 Lakers

7-3

17-3

27-3

37-3

43-7

46-7

69-13

1972-73 Celtics

10-0

17-3

26-4

33-7

41-9

43-10

68-14

1982-83 76ers

9-1

17-3

25-5

34-6

43-7

46-7

WEST

After Nevada-Las Vegas had pounded Utah State 111-78 to clinch the PCAA championship, the sellout crowd of 6,380 at the Las Vegas Convention Center gave the Runnin' Rebels a rousing tribute, chanting "We're Number One. We're Number One." "This is the best I've ever seen the Convention Center," said UNLV Coach Jerry Tarkanian. It was also the last that Tark and the Rebels would see of the arena that has been known for years as Tark's Shark Tank. Next season, UNLV will play in the on-campus, 18,500-seat—take a breath—Thomas and Mack Center for Continuing Education and Special Events.

UNLV limited Utah State, which began the week as the PCAA field-goal percentage leader (51.0%), to 40.3% shooting. Center Sidney Green led the Rebels with 23 points and 21 rebounds, while Wingman Larry Anderson added 22 points. In an earlier 84-81 win over stubborn San Jose State, Green scored 20 points and had 13 rebounds, while Anderson got a game-high 28 points, including five of seven three-point shots. Overall, UNLV connected on nine of 11 three-pointers against the Spartans.

Playing without 7-foot Center Stuart Gray, who's out with strained ligaments in his left knee, UCLA disposed of Stanford and California to run its Pacific-10 record to 11-1. The Cardinal, which hasn't beaten the Bruins in Los Angeles since 1952, fell 99-86 as Darren Daye scored 18 points and 6'10" Brad Wright, subbing for the injured Gray, had 15. Bruin Forward Kenny Fields, who partially dislocated his left shoulder two weeks ago, added 14 points and then led the Bruins with 18 points in a 70-60 win over California.

After losing at Boise State 62-59, Montana recovered to beat Idaho State 69-55 behind Derrick Pope's 15 points and 10 rebounds. But the Grizzlies stumbled again against visiting Weber State, losing 56-54 and falling into a four-way tie for the Big Sky lead with Idaho, Nevada-Reno and Weber State.

MIDWEST

With two seconds to play in Indiana's game with Northwestern in Bloomington's Assembly Hall, Hoosier Coach Bobby Knight left the premises. "I walked off the floor so I wouldn't chase the officials," an angry Knight said afterward. Knight was still livid at the refs from the Hoosiers' 58-57 home loss to Iowa three nights earlier. Late in that game, Knight turned to Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke, who was seated on press row, and screamed, "The officiating in this league is terrible. Goddam you!"

Though his comments after the Iowa game were brief and innocuous, Knight exploded following the 74-65 win over Northwestern, ignoring the league's ban on criticism of officials. "We pay them more than any other conference in the country, but they don't understand the game and they don't even know what to look for," he said.

Ironically, Indiana won its game with Northwestern at the free-throw line. Though they failed to score a field goal for the final 6:11, the Hoosiers held on by sinking 16 of 18 free throws in the last 2:17. Randy Wittman, who scored a game-and career-high 33 points against Iowa, had 18 against Northwestern, including six free throws in the last 1:24.

Ohio State closed to within a game of Indiana in the Big Ten, whipping Northwestern 71-55 behind Tony Campbell's 21 points and Iowa 85-69 as Guard Troy Taylor had 22 points, Ron Stokes 19 and Campbell 17.

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