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COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Curry Kirkpatrick
March 09, 1987
PICKIN' AND GRINNIN'
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March 09, 1987

College Basketball

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LAST WEEK

1. UNLV (30-1)

1

2. N. CAROLINA (27-2)

2

3. PURDUE (23-3)

5

4. G'TOWN (23-4)

7

5. INDIANA (23-4)

4

6. ALABAMA (23-4)

9

7. IOWA (25-4)

8

8. DEPAUL (25-2)

6

9. ILLINOIS (21-7)

11

10. TEMPLE (29-3)

3

11. PITT (23-6)

10

12. SYRACUSE (24-5)

12

13. OKLAHOMA (21-7)

13

14. N.ORLEANS (25-3)

17

15. DUKE (22-7)

19

16. MISSOURI (21-9)

17. CLEMSON (25-4)

16

18. UTEP (23-5)

18

19. ST. JOHN'S (20-7)

19. 9 VERMONT* (5-22)

*Congrats to Catamounts, who came in like lambs (4-22. with two wins over miserable Colgate) and went out like lions with a 101-83 win over perfectly respectable Maine. Sap, not saps, will be flowing in Burlington.

PICKIN' AND GRINNIN'

Pending this week's conference tournament chaos, and keeping in mind that nothing is as logical as it may seem—especially where the NCAA dart board committee is concerned—here is one fellow's thoroughly edgy-coated guess as to the identity of the top 16 seeds and where they'll be placed in the NCAA tourney, which begins on March 12.

East: North Carolina, Syracuse, Temple, Illinois.

Southeast: Indiana, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Clemson.

Midwest: Purdue, DePaul, Duke, Missouri.

West: UNLV, Iowa, Georgetown, Oklahoma.

Rest assured that win-loss records, strength of schedule and geographic balance will all influence the tournament committee's decisions, to be announced at sundown on Sunday. March 8, but the PGR (potential gate receipts) factor, which will result in some inevitable home cooking, will undoubtedly stir up the most commotion.

For instance, late-season upsets suffered by DePaul, Temple, Kansas, Florida and TCU will probably cost each a drop in the seedings; the latter three must win their conference tournaments to become No. 4 seeds. Meanwhile, DePaul seems certain to host a first-and second-round session at home in Rosemont Horizon. Likewise, Syracuse will surely stay in the East to welcome visitors to another opening weekend in the Carrier Dome even if the Orangemen finish behind Pitt and Georgetown in the Big East tournament. Burned by critics for stashing too many SEC teams in the Southeast Region last year, the committee decided to enforce a rule prohibiting conference brothers from playing each other prior to a regional final That will allow such un-traditional antiestablishmentarians as Pitt to go to the Southeast and Illinois to the East As for Georgetown the farther from DC these ravaging defenders lurk the more panicked everybody else becomes. Don't be misled by that Babes In Hoyaland tag. Georgetown can win this tournament

In addition to DePaul and Syracuse beginning play in their own cozy confines, look for North Carolina, Alabama and the Big Ten champ ( Indiana or Purdue) to start the proceedings virtually at home in Charlotte, Birmingham and Indianapolis, respectively.

The truly intriguing question is: How deeply will the NCAA stack the West Region in hopes that someone will ambush UNLV's Jerry Tarkanian and his tankful of treys before they reach the Final Four and maybe, omigosh, win the whole thing?

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