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THE WEEK (March 1-7)
Herm Weiskopf
March 15, 1982
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March 15, 1982

The Week (march 1-7)

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Arkansas players, irked by TCU Guard Jeff Baker's comment to the press that the Hogs were overrated and could be beaten, stopped the Horned Frogs 80-70 in an SWC semifinal. Scott Hastings scored 27 points and Darrell Walker 23 for the Razorbacks. In the championship game against Houston, Arkansas won 84-69 as Alvin Robertson, in only his fourth start, had 23 points.

Tulsa Coach Nolan Richardson was so disgusted with his team's play that he walked off the court with six seconds to go in the first half of the Missouri Valley title game against Illinois State. The Golden Hurricane, which led only 36-35 at halftime, came out smokin' in the second half, repeatedly forced Redbirds into off-balance shots and won going away, 90-77. A school-record 20 steals had helped Tulsa blow out Creighton 106-81 in the first round, after which came an 85-61 defeat of New Mexico State.

Evansville automatically qualified for the NCAA tournament by taking the Midwestern City Conference showdown. Guard Brad Leaf scored 23 points as the Purple Aces defeated Loyola 81-72 in the final. Emir Turam, a 7'1" sophomore from Turkey, had 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots in that game for Evansville.

With Keith Lee getting 27 points and 15 rebounds, Memphis State beat Louisville in the Metro wrap-up. The Tigers made it to the finale by nipping Virginia Tech 71-70 on a tip-in by Bobby Parks with two seconds remaining. Louisville (19-9) picked up an NCAA bid. Alcorn State, Southwestern Louisiana and Northeast Louisiana State were also in the field.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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