So intense was the interest in his Razorbacks that Nolan Richardson, Arkansas's new coach, had considered closing his practices to the public. That might not be a problem after Saturday's 74-61 upset loss to Minnesota in the Hogs' first road game. Using three different zones, the Golden Gophers kept their guests scoreless for a six-minute stretch. "That's where the game swung pretty much," said Minnesota coach Jim Dutcher, whose team is off to a 7-1 start. Dutcher ought to be happy, right? Not quite. The Arkansas game pulled in only 13,401. "We usually get a bigger crowd. But all the talk around here has been about this football coaching change. Our game probably didn't get the promotion that it should have."
In its fourth annual Amana-Hawkeye Classic, Iowa was frozen out in the first round by Arkansas State 66-62. Freshman forward John Tate's 23 points off the bench foiled the host team, which had anticipated a meeting in the final with Alabama-Birmingham. Led by guard Steve Mitchell's 33 points, the bulk of which came on long jumpers, UAB took out Arkansas State. The Hawkeyes dispatched Lehigh 89-68 in the consolation game, but it was small consolation, indeed.
Illinois's 115-64 waltz past Utah State in the final of the Fighting Illini Classic broke the tournament scoring record, but the weekend's most interesting development was that senior guard Doug Altenberger, who has a tender right knee, may take a medical redshirt year. Altenberger, the team's MVP last year, has logged some five minutes in six games thus far. He is allowed to play three more games before deciding whether or not to redshirt. "It's just difficult for me the way I am," he says. "You saw me last year. It's obvious that I'm not the same player."
Some big fish had easy pickings in their own ponds. In the Carrier Classic, which Syracuse has hosted and won for seven of nine years, the undefeated Orange beat LaSalle by 25 points in the first round, then swabbed Navy 89-67 to keep the trophy at home.
The Midshipmen, now 4-2, gave Syracuse a tougher game than LaSalle had. Considering Navy's 103-50 win over Penn State earlier in the week, this wasn't so surprising. Said David Robinson, Navy's highly touted center, "We got an early lead and they seemed to get discouraged. It was much like a layup drill in the first half."
In Queens, host St. John's won its 11th straight Lapchick Memorial Championship. Tournament MVP Walter Berry, the 6'8" forward, had a 25-for-30 shooting weekend and scored 58 points in two games. He also enjoyed the fact that Columbia, the Redmen's Friday opponent, had no one over 6'5". Nevertheless, the Lions, who lost by 22, kept it closer than finalist Fairleigh Dickinson, who fell to St. John's 88-56.
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