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THE WEEK (Nov. 30-Dec. 6)
Herm Weiskopf
December 14, 1981
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December 14, 1981

The Week (nov. 30-dec. 6)

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SI TOP 20

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N. CAROLINA (3-0)

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LOUISVILLE (2-0)

2

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KENTUCKY (2-0)

3

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IOWA (3-0)

4

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WICHITA STATE (3-0)

5

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SAN FRANCISCO (3-0)

6

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TULSA (2-1)

7

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VIRGINIA (5-0)

8

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DePAUL (2-0)

11

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MINNESOTA (3-0)

12

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ARKANSAS (3-0)

13

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ALABAMA-BIRM. (3-0)

14

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KANSAS STATE (3-1)

10

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INDIANA (2-0)

17

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GEORGIA (2-1)

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ALABAMA (3-0)

18

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VILLANOVA (3-0)

19

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NEV.-LAS VEGAS (4-0)

20

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MISSOURI (3-0)

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OREGON STATE (2-0)

* Last week

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Nevada-Las Vegas Coach Jerry Tarkanian needed a new point guard this season. So he recruited one—his son Danny, who played last year at Dixie College, a junior college in St. George, Utah. Smart move. Danny had a total of 25 assists as the Rebels won their first two games this season, and last week at BYU he sank two foul shots with 34 seconds remaining to clinch a 66-63 win. The speedy Rebels harassed the taller Cougars with a pressing defense—first a zone and then a switching man-to-man—and Danny directed a nifty delay game for 30 minutes. Mainly he directed the ball to forwards Michael Burns and Sidney Green, who scored 18 points apiece.

A day earlier, Oregon State also put the clamps on BYU's front line. The Beavers forced 19 turnovers and outrebounded the Cougars 30-29 en route to a 56-44 victory. Together, Brigham Young's big three—Fred Roberts, Steve Trumbo and Greg Kite—had been scoring 45.3 points a game, but they were held to 16 by a tenacious Beaver defense and to 24 by the Rebels. UNLV's defense was superb at Arizona, too, limiting the Wildcats to a McKale Center-record low of 16 points in the second half of a 69-49 victory.

California's spread offense puzzled San Francisco, but what amounted to a four-point play by Wallace Bryant put the Dons ahead to stay in a 72-64 win. Bryant sank a free throw to make the score 56-56, missed his next try, got the rebound, hooked the ball in while being fouled and then added another free throw. Quintin Dailey had 22 points, 11 of them in a row, as the Dons defeated San Francisco State 94-67.

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In the first two nights of college hoops at New Jersey's new Byrne Meadowlands Arena, a pair of games were as closely contested as the state's recent gubernatorial election that was won by only 1,677 votes out of 2.3 million cast. UCLA players, who learned the day before their game against Rutgers that the NCAA likely will place them on two-year probation and bar them for this season's NCAA tournament for still-unconfirmed violations, blew a 33-21 halftime lead and lost 57-54. A rule that former Bruin Coach John Wooden had fought for and that was installed this year—the elimination of jump balls (except to start a game) in favor of awarding possession of tied-up balls to the two teams on an alternating basis—helped do in UCLA. The Scarlet Knights led 55-54 with 15 seconds left when they were awarded the ball under just such circumstances. Brian Ellerbee took the inbounds pass and dribbled the length of the court for a layup that settled matters. (The application of the same rule was one of the reasons for the Bruins' defeat by BYU the previous week.) The next night at the Meadowlands, Seton Hall, paced by Dan Callandrillo's 34 points, jolted Houston 87-85 in overtime.

Villanova was one favorite that won at the Meadowlands. Led by Stewart Granger, who had 19 points and a Big East-record 14 assists, the Wildcats defeated Boston College 97-75. Earlier, Granger had 18 points and 10 assists in a 93-63 rout of St. Francis (N.Y.). Teammate John Pinone scored a total of 45 points in those games.

"It was like watching master craftsmen," said Southern Cal Coach Sam Morrison after his team lost 73-62 at North Carolina. "They chopped us up inside. Then they backdoored us. We collapsed the defense to stop all that, and they started scoring from the perimeter." When it came to rebounding, though, Tar Heel Coach Dean Smith thought his players were given a lesson by the highly physical Trojans, who led in that department 33-31. A 78-70 defeat of Tulsa also left Smith somewhat concerned. This time North Carolina made 24 turnovers and blew most of a 24-point advantage. In that win Tar Heel freshman Michael Jordan scored 22 points; James Worthy added 17 and had 11 rebounds; and Jimmy Black directed a rabbit-quick fast break, made seven steals and passed for seven assists.

Virginia got along fine without Ralph Sampson, who has a broken right ring finger. A 6'7" sophomore walk-on, Kenton Edelin, replaced Sampson and scored 16 points as the Cavaliers drubbed Randolph-Macon 82-50. Three nights later, Guard Othell Wilson got 20 points as Virginia beat VMI 76-49.

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