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Can Anyone Stop the Heels?
Hank Hersch
November 29, 1993
North Carolina stands head and shoulders above the field as it seeks a second straight NCAA title
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November 29, 1993

Can Anyone Stop The Heels?

North Carolina stands head and shoulders above the field as it seeks a second straight NCAA title

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Denny Crum has been coaching at Louisville since Henry Clay was on the stump, and he has enough talent to return to the Final Four for the first time since 1986. Clifford Rozier, a 6'9" transfer from North Carolina, would love to have a reunion with his old teammates in Charlotte. Last season Rozier became the first Cardinal in 21 years to average double digits (10.9) on the boards. Louisville's chances increased dramatically last week when forward Dwayne Morton, a 53.1% three-point shooter, got the green light to play after recovering from a broken right wrist suffered in the off-season.

Feelings are still a little raw in Michigan over the Wolverines' 77-71 loss to Carolina in the NCAA final. When a kid showed up at a Wolverine tryout this fall wearing a North Carolina T-shirt, guard Jimmy King screamed, "Get him out of here!" The walk-on walked off, but Michigan, down to a Fab Four after Chris Webber's early departure for the pros, will need bench help wherever it can get it. Webber's best friend, 6'8" Jalen Rose, will have to fill in the gaps. "Jalen might be the first guy to play all five positions in one game, let alone one season," says Michigan coach Steve Fisher.

The elimination of the five-second penetration rule should make sophomore floor maestro Jason Kidd even more valuable at California. Now that he doesn't have to pass off if he's guarded, says Southern Cal assistant coach Jack Fertig, "Kidd will dominate games." And whenever Kidd does choose to give, he has junior forward Lamond Murray (19.1 points a game last season) to receive.

With Brooks Thompson and Randy Rutherford, Oklahoma State has the Big Eight's best backcourt. The Cowboys also bring in freshman Chianti Roberts, a full-bodied swingman who should go nicely with the Cowboys' main dish, Bryant Reeves (page 44).

Junior Ed O'Bannon's task at UCLA is to turn his kid brother, 6'6" freshman Charles, into an equally assertive O'Bannon. "I'm a little more aggressive and physical right now," says Ed, a 6'9", 215-pound forward. "He shoots better than I do, he jumps higher, and he is more fluid."

At the end of last season Indiana coach Bob Knight called Minnesota the team to beat in the Big Ten in 1993-94 because the Gophers have the most talent in the conference. "That's not a compliment," grouses Gopher coach Clem Haskins. "All that is, is a setup. I don't need that." Haskins doth protest too much: He has depth, and he has a star in junior guard Voshon Lenard (17.1 points a game last season), the MVP of last spring's NIT.

Of all the teams in last season's Final Four, Kansas has the most to replace, with only forward Richard Scott returning from the starting lineup. But Jacque Vaughn, a 6'1" guard from Pasadena, will direct the Jayhawk attack and will be one of this season's most exciting freshmen.

Georgetown didn't make the NCAAs for the first time in 14 years, but coach John Thompson has all five starters back from the team that was runner-up to Minnesota in last season's NIT. The Hoyas hope to run more this season. To do that, though, center Othella Harrington will have to overcome his habit of picking up cheap fouls when he tires.

There was talk at Massachusetts this fall about dropping the school's nickname, the Minutemen, because some students consider it sexist. That irked conservative chatterbox Rush Limbaugh, who defended the moniker on his radio show. Coach John Calipari sidestepped the controversy—"I'm not starting a war with Limbaugh," he said—but with 6'7" senior strongman Lou Roe, 6'11" freshman Marcus Camby and 7'2" junior Jeff Meyer, he need back off from no one on the court.

While Camby may be the sleeper among this season's freshmen pivotmen, Cincinnati has a rookie class that has already made national headlines—not all of them good. In May the Bearcats lucked into local guard Damon Flint when his first choice, Ohio State, was cited for 17 NCAA violations during his recruitment. A few months later power forward Dontonio Wingfield was given a seven-day jail sentence for trashing his mother's house in Albany, Ga., because she had refused to let him use her car.

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