J. Jay Burson of Ohio State. Another absentee, and that's a shame. My player of this year—and a lot of others.
K. Kansas. Probation.
L. LSU. With Knight's courtside phone-smashing outburst in their '87 tournament meeting still rankling Tiger coach Dale Brown, Brown would love to dial CJ (freshman star Chris Jackson) against Indiana in a second-round game. But LSU may not get past UTEP in its opener.
M. Michigan, Minnesota. Big Ten. No defense.
N. Notre Dame. Because coach Digger Phelps gave up boutonnieres.
O. Oklahoma. Coach Billy Tubbs has got a mad on because the NCAA sent the Sooners to play in Nashville, "out of our natural habitat."
P. Pittsburgh, Providence. Relocate these outfits on the Left Coast, and they're Portland and Gonzaga.
Q. Quinnipiac. Oops, Division II.
R. Rutgers. Would have to whip Iowa and then, probably, N.C. State (whose coach, Jim Valvano, is a Rutgers man) to get to "home" court in New Jersey's Meadowlands.
S. Stanford versus Siena. A match made in heaven, or at least in Greensboro, N.C., between two teams that used to be called the Indians. For old times' sake, they ought to play it outdoors on a reservation. It would lower the measles risk, too.