Says Raveling, whose library at home numbers some 1,600 books, "Reading is the greatest way to grow as an individual and to broaden your perspective in life. It takes you out of the academic environment of memorizing and forces you to expand yourself intellectually."
If his Trojans keep losing at their present pace—they were 5-16 at week's end—Raveling may want to add another title to his list: Les Misérables.
THE PARITY'S OVER
After several weeks of one upset after another in conference play, the heavyweights played to form last week to secure their predicted positions at or near the tops of their leagues. To wit:
•Pitt, led by forward Jerome Lane's 24 points and 13 rebounds, defeated second-place Villanova 87-75 to stretch its lead in the Big East. After the game, Wildcats coach Rollie Massimino and his Panther counterpart, Paul Evans, had an angry shouting session. "He called me a very serious and dirty name," said Massimino, who planned to raise the issue with the Big East office.
•North Carolina held off Virginia 64-58 on Sunday to tie Duke for the lead in the ACC; in a home game played earlier in the week, the Heels had edged North Carolina State 75-73 in overtime. That night the final word went, as is usually the case, to Wolfpack coach Jim Valvano, who was upset with what he considered hasty timekeeping late in OT. "Time flies in Chapel Hill," he said.
•Michigan stayed within striking range of Purdue in the Big Ten by beating Indiana 92-72 in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines' big gun was the histrionic Gary Grant, who scored 24 points, combined with forward Glen Rice for some intricate midcourt high fiving and broke into a jubilant dance late in the game in front of the Hoosier bench. Said Michigan coach Bill Frieder, "Hey, if Gary Grant can help us get the crowd in the game, then he's got to do that, too. He's doing every other damn thing in the game."
LSU coach Dale Brown invited the local media to play a game of H-O-R-S-E against his players. Not surprisingly, the players won easily. Said Brown, "The purpose was for our players to see that the people criticizing them for their shooting didn't know what they were talking about." ...Portland teammates Adolphis Gaffney and Demetrius Hall are known as the Roman Legion....
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