The hosannas that followed Kentucky's 85-51 mauling of Louisville earlier this season have now given way to horrors. LSU's 76-41 romp at Rupp Arena on Sunday was the Cats' worst loss since 1950, their worst at home since 1926 and their third at home this season.
Of course there was a silver lining. Coach Eddie Sutton could at least applaud his team's 12-for-14 foul shooting. The Cats had been a pathetic 55% from the line entering the game, thanks to such Groucho Marksmen as Rob Lock (44%), Irving Thomas (42%) and Derrick Miller (46%). Sutton was even thinking about putting a sports psychologist, Dr. Stanley Frager, on the case. Possible problem there though: Frager is a member of the faculty at hated Louisville.
NOISY IN BOISE
Confounding Big Sky soothsayers who pegged them for last in the conference, the Broncos of Boise State are 12-3 and in the league race. Coach Bobby Dye can thank 6'6" Arnell (AJ) Jones, who is contributing 17.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. After starring for two seasons at San Jose City College, Jones took a job last year in a paint store and set about making a life for himself as "either an interior or exterior decorator."
When Boise assistant George Barrios scouted a game at SJCC last winter, who should step from the stands at halftime, grab a mike and belt out an R & B tune but AJ, whom Barrios remembered as a juco flash. Barrios chatted him up and invited him to spend the summer term at Boise. The art department, in which AJ takes his major, is already familiar with his scouting report: He does most of his work in the paint.
Dull, muddled and showing no signs of recovery? Not the Pac-10:
Against Oregon, skin-headed Oregon State point guard Gary Pay ton scored 17 points, dished out nine assists, made three steals and hurled a wad of chewing gum at a male Duck cheerleader who had been taunting him throughout the game. "[When] he called me "hook head,' " Payton said, "that really got me mad."
UCLA's Reggie Miller, modestly assessing his skills: "Other teams fear me so much, just my being out there. I could even be on my deathbed and I'd worry them."