THE TOP 40
This One's for You, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, for your wonderful 1985-86 College Basketball Issue (Nov. 20). This praise comes Straight From the Heart, because you're a Hard Habit to Break and I Can't Smile Without You. The Search Is Over when it comes to finding excellent sports coverage, so Please Mr. Please, Don't Lose My Number because I'm Stuck on You.
DALE R. DITTMER
Minot AFB, N. Dak.
What a clever idea to use a record-business theme to preview your '85-86 college basketball Top 40. Such innovations are what keep SPORTS ILLUSTRATED the cr�me de la cr�me of sports magazines.
West Chicago, Ill.
I just received word from my brother at Foggy Bottom that you relegated North Carolina to No. 3 in your poll, behind Georgia Tech (No. 1) and Michigan. In this, the year of the ACC, when the Dean has more height, more muscle and more depth than ever before—when the Carolina saplings of last season are now the Carolina Pines—it should have been the Carolina White Team No. 1, Carolina Blue Team No. 15.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Georgia Tech's Mark Price and Bruce Dalrymple the best backcourt in college basketball in a decade? They may not even be the best in the ACC this season. Watch Johnny Dawkins and Tommy Amaker at (No. 5) Duke and you'll see basketball artistry.
After scouring the Top 40, I came up with my Final Four: Michigan, Kansas, Syracuse and Arkansas, with Michigan the national champ.
The Kansas Jayhawks No. 1!
How could you leave Dayton out of your Top 40? This is a team that has been knocked out of the NCAA Tournament the last two years by Georgetown and Villanova, the eventual national champions. The Flyers will soar once again, this time in Dallas.
JAMES A. CHAIT
Being a Hawkeye fan, I was pleased to see Iowa in the Top 20 and Iowa State not in the Top 40. I believe Iowa is going to have the most exciting team in the nation this year. Also, thank you for the great picture of Gerry (Sir Jamalot) Wright.
Say it isn't so! Curry Kirkpatrick claiming the Big East, and not the ACC, is the best conference in the land (How Do You Like Your Hoops?). Come on, SI, how did you get Kirkpatrick, a North Carolina man, to talk against his alma mater's conference? At least he retained some dignity by suggesting that Michael Jordan and James Worthy are no wimps.
N.C. State '86
There is no doubt whatsoever as to which is the premier conference. Just look at your own preseason picks. Seven of the eight ACC teams are in the top 35, and you picked three ACC teams—Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Duke—to finish in the top five. How could Greg Kelly—or anybody—pick a conference that includes Northwestern, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio State and Michigan State to be the best? These teams had a combined record of 72-71 in 1984-85; if you take out Michigan State and Ohio State, you have a record of 33-51. The Big Ten is a great conference all right, great for football.