And thanks to senior forward Kenny Payne and sophomore guard LaBradford Smith, the Cards have finally discovered the joys of the three-point shot. The team's 72 treys through 15 games are 30 more than they had for all of 1986-87 and close to the 84 they bagged all last season. Against UNLV, Smith hit back-to-back three-pointers late in the first half to give the Cards a 35-17 lead, which proved insurmountable.
"They're awesome," said UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian. "They don't have a weakness anywhere. I think they have as good a chance as anybody to win the national championship."
Nevertheless, Crum downplays talk that this team might have more talent than any of the six he has taken to the Final Four in his 17 seasons at Louisville. "We may turn out to be better, but we're not yet," said Crum.
Vanderbilt coach C.M. Newton, after his team had defeated Texas 94-79 for his 500th career victory: "It means you're a survivor. I've been very proud to be a coach for a long time [31 years]. This is a tough business, and it's a profession where a lot of people don't survive." ...
With 31 points in a 75-67 win over Villanova, Sean Elliott passed Bob Elliott (1973-77, and no relation) to become Arizona's alltime scoring leader....
Baptist Christian College in Shreveport, La., has terminated the school's basketball program and fired coach Richard Palmer for a fairly good reason: Eight of the 11 players were academically ineligible. "Some of them don't even have grade point averages," said school president Phillip Martin. The team's record was 4-16.
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