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THE WEEK (Feb. 28-March 6)
Roger Jackson
March 14, 1983
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March 14, 1983

The Week (feb. 28-march 6)

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SI TOP 20

1. VIRGINIA (25-3)

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2. UCLA (22-3)

2

3. LOUISVILLE (27-3)

3

4. HOUSTON (25-2)

4

5. ST. JOHN'S (24-4)

6

6. UNLV (25-2)

7

7. WICHITA STATE (25-3)

8

8. N. CAROLINA (25-6)

11

9. MISSOURI (24-6)

12

10. INDIANA (22-5)

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11. ARKANSAS (25-2)

9

12. KENTUCKY (21-6)

10

13. BOSTON COLL. (22-5)

20

14. VILLANOVA (21-6)

5

15. GEORGETOWN (20-8)

14

16. MEMPHIS STATE (21-6)

17

17. OHIO STATE (19-8)

16

18. OKLAHOMA (23-7)

19. VA. C'WEALTH (23-6)

15

20. ILLINOIS STATE (21-6)

18

*Last week

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Boston College, which was picked to finish fifth in a Big East preseason coaches' poll, earned the top seed in next week's conference tournament in Madison Square Garden and kept a promise made to first-year Coach Gary Williams. "Last spring when 1 took the job, I didn't know what to expect," said Williams after BC defeated Providence 81-66. "But the players told me that we were going to have a good season, and they kept their word."

The Eagles' win over Providence, coupled with an 87-85 overtime victory over Georgetown before a crowd of 14,141, the largest to see a college game at Boston Garden in more than 30 years, gave BC a 12-4 Big East record and a share of first place with Villanova and St. John's. But the Eagles were awarded the top seed because they had a 3-1 record in games with the Redmen and Wildcats.

Second seed Villanova blew its chance to win the Big East title outright by losing 79-70 to Syracuse before 28,271 in the Carrier Dome and 87-71 to Georgetown in Landover, Md. Orange seniors Erich Santifer, Tony (Red) Bruin and Leo Rautins, playing their final regular-season game in the Carrier Dome, combined for 50 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists. "Saturday's another day," said Center John Pinone, who paced the 'Cats with 23 points, 19 of them in the second half. "We'll just have to go out and give it another shot."

But on Saturday the Wildcats fired nothing but blanks against Georgetown. Patrick Ewing led the Hoyas with 21 points and 15 rebounds to key a 17-2 spurt early in the second half that gave Georgetown a 62-41 lead with nine minutes to play. Nevertheless. Coach John Thompson thinks Villanova is the class of the Big East. "I still think the Wildcats are a better team than we are," said Thompson. "Villanova and St. John's are the two best teams in the conference."

Third-seeded St. John's sped to a 10-0 lead against Pitt in Alumni Hall and coasted to a 91-73 victory. David Russell scored 27 points in his final home appearance, and Chris Mullin added 20, including the 1,000th point of his career.

North Carolina needed a win at Duke to gain at least a tie for the ACC championship with Virginia and ensure itself the top seed in this week's conference tournament, and got it. North Carolina prevailed 105-81 as Michael Jordan scored 32 points and the Heels made 12 of 15 shots from outside the three-point line. Earlier, Jordan had 24 points in an 85-73 win at Georgia Tech. Ralph Sampson had 28 points and nine rebounds to pace Virginia to a 107-74 rout at Wake Forest. Then, in his final game at University Hall, Sampson got 23 points, including a foul-line jumper with four seconds left, and 10 rebounds in the Cavs' 83-81 win over Maryland.

North Carolina A&T earned a bid to the NCAA tournament by trimming Howard 71-64 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference final in Greensboro. Princeton clinched its second straight Ivy League title by upending visiting Columbia 72-56, and Fordham won the Metro Atlantic Conference crown, upsetting regular-season champ Iona 54-53 in the tournament title game.

MIDEAST

In his pregame radio program before Indiana played Purdue in Bloomington, Hoosier Coach Bobby Knight was asked if his team might feel extra pressure with Ted Kitchel, the conference's leading scorer, out for the year following surgery on a ruptured disc in his lower back. "I don't know about that," said Knight. "A lot of players thrive on pressure. People who talk and write about games don't know anything about that. Homer once said—I think it was Homer—'I'd rather be a participator than a crier of events.' "

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