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THE WEEK (Dec. 7-13)
Anthony Cotton
December 21, 1981
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December 21, 1981

The Week (dec. 7-13)

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SI TOP 20

1.

N. CAROLINA (4-0)

1*

2.

LOUISVILLE (4-0)

2

3.

KENTUCKY (4-0)

3

4.

IOWA (5-0)

4

5.

WICHITA STATE (5-0)

5

6.

SAN FRANCISCO (5-0)

6

7.

TULSA (5-1)

7

8.

VIRGINIA (6-0)

8

9.

DePAUL (4-0)

9

10.

MINNESOTA (4-0)

10

11.

ARKANSAS (5-0)

11

12.

KANSAS STATE (5-1)

13

13.

GEORGIA (3-1)

15

14.

ALABAMA (5-0)

16

15.

ALABAMA-BIRM. (3-1)

12

16.

VILLANOVA (5-0)

17

17.

MISSOURI (5-0)

19

18.

INDIANA (4-1)

14

19.

SW LOUISIANA (8-0)

20.

N.C. STATE (6-0)

* Last week

MIDWEST

Kansas split two games this week against a pair of Wildcats, beating Arizona 86-57 and then losing to Kentucky 77-74 in overtime. The loss to the Kentucky 'Cats, which snapped a 17-game win streak for the Jayhawks at Allen Field House, wasn't decided until the final seconds of OT, when Kansas Guard Tony Guy missed a 12-footer that would have given his team the lead. Instead, Kentucky rebounded and Forward Derrick Hord made a pair of free throws with four seconds to play. Guy, who scored 31 points, forced the extra period when he hit a jumper with only 13 seconds left in regulation play. The game was a nail-biter throughout: The lead changed hands 25 times, and at no juncture was either team in front by more than six points. Kansas' only other loss was by seven points to No. 1-ranked North Carolina. There was no such drama against Arizona as the Jayhawks charged ahead by as many as 30 during the second half. Said Wildcat Coach Fred Snowden, "I'm not going to slit my wrists because we lost. It's not the end of the world." Presumably Snowden felt his team's 63-55 loss to Kansas State two days later wasn't Armageddon, either.

"Greg became a man tonight," said Wichita State Coach Gene Smithson after his freshman center, Greg Dreiling, led the Shockers to a 75-60 win over Alabama-Birmingham, then ranked 12th in SI's poll. Dreiling racked up 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots in only 22 minutes of play. The passage into manhood for the 7'1", 230-pound center came after he did his homework. "I never really got myself prepared for any game until tonight," Dreiling said, "but all day long I drilled on what they were going to do." The loss was no surprise to Blazer Coach Gene Bartow, who, after watching an earlier practice, felt his team wouldn't do many things right. "It was our worst of the year," said Bartow. "We were lucky not to have been more badly burned than the score indicated."

Precision basketball took a spill, but Tulsa still managed to drill Oral Roberts 80-63 and win their jointly sponsored Oil Capital Classic. The Golden Hurricane had 24 turnovers in the title game, 16 of them in the first half, and that, combined with their 36% shooting, helped to hold Tulsa's halftime lead to 30-28. Certainly the Titans didn't do much to make matters difficult for the Hurricane, hitting only 28% and committing 14 turnovers. After the intermission, Oral Roberts got into foul trouble, and Tulsa used that as a springboard to its 20th straight home win. Said Centenary Coach Tommy Canterbury after his Gents were routed 87-60 by Arkansas, "We stayed with them for 25 minutes and then lost our composure against their pressure defense. They just keep the heat on. It's not just five minutes, it's every minute. Sooner or later you say, 'Hell, take it.' " That's just what the Razorbacks did, moving from a 47-40 lead to a 67-41 spread six minutes later. Centenary's lone point in that span came when the Hogs' Darrell Walker hung on the rim after a shot. After the ensuing technical free throw was made, Walker stole the subsequent in-bounds pass and converted it for two of his 15 points. Walker also had 12 assists and seven steals, while teammate Scott Hastings scored 24 points.

SMU, losers of 20 games a year ago, played Alabama to a standstill for 35 minutes before falling to the Tide 69-62. 'Bama Guard Ennis Whatley, who scored 13 points and played 37 minutes without a turnover, sank a lay-up with 4:58 to play, breaking a 58-58 tie. SMU then held the ball for three minutes, looking for a good shot, but Jon Koncak missed a four-footer with 1:47 remaining. Shortly after that the Tide went into a stall and converted nine of 10 free-throw attempts in the last 35 seconds.

MIDEAST

If it was hard to tell who was the winning coach after Kentucky's 85-69 pasting of Indiana, it was because the final margin wasn't big enough to suit Wildcat Coach Joe B. Hall. After the game he chastised his players for allowing the Hoosiers to lose by only 16 points. "It was a lack of killer instinct," Hall said. "This ball club has been missing that for three years. We went native in the second half and let them get back in the game. A great ball club doesn't have that kind of letdown." In essence, the game was over after Indiana Coach Bobby Knight was charged with a pair of technicals for protesting a foul call with 10:09 remaining in the first half. Kentucky Guard Jim Master then sank three of the four free throws, and the Wildcats went on to outscore the Hoosiers 22-12 en route to a 47-25 half-time lead. Still, Hall didn't reach the end of his bench until the game's final minute. "It was fun, but I was disappointed we didn't keep it up," said Kentucky's Derrick Hord. "Like Coach Hall told us, we won't ever have an opportunity like that again against an Indiana team."

The same opportunity wasn't available to Colorado State and Penn State, the Hoosiers' opponents in the Indiana Classic. Indiana dispatched Colorado State 82-41 in the tournament's opening round and routed the Nittany Lions 80-51 in the final. In the eight years the Classic has been played, Indiana's average winning margin has been more than 28 points a game. Ted Kitchel, the Hoosiers' 6'8" junior forward, was the eighth straight Indiana player to win the tourney's MVP award. Against Penn State, Kitchel was five of nine from the field and nine of nine from the line for 19 points. Against Colorado State he scored 25.

Injury-plagued Iowa showed good depth in beating Iowa State 79-68. Hawkeye freshman Center Michael Payne, who had a sprained ankle, didn't practice for two days before the game, while Guard Steve Carfino was still woozy from a charging foul he had taken the week before against Marquette. Filling their places against the Cyclones were another freshman center, Greg Stokes, and 6'5" Guard Bob Hansen, a starter much of last season. Stokes scored only six points, but still pleased Coach Lute Olson, who said, "We had him for three blocked shots and forcing three traveling violations with his intimidation." Payne came off the bench to contribute 17 points. Later in the week the Hawkeyes drubbed Northern Iowa 84-53 as Hansen scored 21 points.

It's that time of the year again for Minnesota, which remained unbeaten with an 80-55 win over Drake. "We're playing what I call December basketball," said Gopher Coach Jim Dutcher. "We play spotty for a few minutes and then pretty good for a few minutes, but we're not smooth throughout." Despite not having a starter taller than 6'6", the Bulldogs hung close to Minnesota, trailing only 23-21 before being outscored 13-3 in the last five minutes of the first half. "If we don't play without mistakes, without turnovers, the crowd gets on our case," said 7'3" Minnesota Center Randy Breuer. "It's almost as if we can't do enough to satisfy them."

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