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Page 28 The Salina Journal — Thursday, November 26, 1981 College basketball prew'ew Quest begins for trip to New Orleans NEW YORK (UPI) - Mardi Gras comes to New Orleans in the last week of February. The real partying, however, comes a month later. The Final Four — the King Rex of college basketball — pitches its carnival tent this season in the Louisiana Su- perdome for the last weekend of March. There is also no question that the road leading to the Superdome stage before a crowd of some 61,000 — the largest to watch any basketball game except for an exhibition by the Harlem Globetrotters at Berlin (75,000) in 1951 — will be an unpredictable one. Of those schools at last year's festivities in Philadelphia, North Carolina has the best chance for a return trip. Indiana, the defending champ, Virginia and Louisiana State surely cannot be dismissed. But graduation has hit LSD and the Cavaliers particularly hard. And for the Hoosiers, it has been a difficult time since winning the crown last season. Talent runs deep and wide in the college game — from Westwood, Calif., to Chapel Hill, N.C. And the yellow brick road to No. 1 — with dollars and television ratings faithful companions — gets harder to travel each season. "There are so many outstanding college players and teams that the days when a team like UCLA could dominate college basketball are over," says MiniMMota coach Jim Outcher. "There la • minimum of 20 tear.-j ./1th an excellent chance of winning the NCAA championship." However, for all its attractions the 1981-92 season is a reminder of those who won't be part of it. The NCAA lost three of its best players to the pros: Thomas, Mark Aguirre at DePaul and Buck Williams at Maryland all waived their eligibility and are elsewhere. But Ralph Sampson, the 7-foot-4 center and Player of the Year, is around and Virginia has breathing room for one more season. Another exceptional big man returning for a tour of duty is 6-8 Kevin Magee of Cal-Irvine, the first player to finish in the top four in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage in the same year. Also underneath are Sam Bowie of Kentucky, James Worthy of North Carolina, Dominique Wilkens of Georgia, Cliff Levingston of Wichita State and Cherokee Rhone of Cente- Georgetown, Quintin Dailey of San Francisco, Rod Foster of UCLA and John Paxson of Notre Dame. Among the freshmen, 7-foot Patrick Ewing, the country's top high school player, has pushed Georgetown into national prominence. Other newcomers worth watching are Greg Dreiling at Wichita State, Stuart Gray at UCLA, Bobby Lee Hurt at Alabama, Michael Jordan of North Carolina, Manuel Forrest of Louisville and John Flowers of Indiana. With the influx of talent and the growing attention comes, of course, money. Each of last year's Final Four participants received more than $300,000. This year, with more lucrative deals struck with television networks and cable outlets, each Final Four school will pick up more than a half million dollars. In 1952, NCAA finalists took home $7,800 each. "College basketball is riding a crest of popularity equal to the NFL's in the 1960s," says Penn State coach Dick Harter. "We're on a hot streak right now." For its postseason tournament — the biggest money-maker of all — the NCAA will return with a 48-team field, resisting a call by some to hike the number to 64. However, the NCAA did abandon the consolation game for third place in the national tournament. For players, coaches and officials there was agreement, at least, on one point: the game provided little consolation for anyone. Here's a look at the regions across the country: Eaet After years of disarray, eastern basketball at last has a conference worthy of respect. The Big East is loaded and Georgetown has the goods. The Hoyas reeled in the prize catch with Pat Ewing of Cambridge, Mass. Coach John Thompson, who says he may not start his 7-footer to open the season, also has the luxury of Eric Floyd, one of the country's smoothest guards. But conference strength runs deep. Villanova and St. John's have gifted freshmen; Connecticut has power underneath, and Boston College has its steady game and a fine guard in John Bagley. In the Eastern Eight, West Virginia should have few problems but Rutgers and Duquesne cannot be discounted. In the Ivy League, where defense and ball control are the watchwords, Harvard may actually break the joint monopoly of Penn and Princeton. Ralph Sampson Wake Forest and St. Joseph's stunned DePaul. This time around the East may not be so surprising. Southeast Tobacco Road will have a familiar look with its two Final Four entries of last year the class of the region. North Carolina, one victory away from the title, is back and that elusive national crown may finally find its way to coach Dean Smith. The Tar Heels have lost Al Wood but frontliners Sam Perkins and James Worthy and guard Jimmy Black return to make matters unpleasant for the rest of the ACC. Virginia may be without Jeff Lamp and Lee Raker, but not without Ralph Sampson. Having spurned the pros once again, Sampson has found a quiet satisfaction on the stately Charlottesville campus. In the Southern Conference, again experimenting with the three-point field goal, Western Carolina has five returning starters and may be the one to beat. South If basketball can be a state of mind, then that state is Kentucky. The sun will surely shine bright on the University of Kentucky and Louisville as the two have the run of the South. Kentucky has been hurt by the broken leg of center Sam Bowie. But weep no more for coach Joe Hall. Melvin Turpin, a 7-footer, will replace Bowie early in the season, and will be accompanied by Dirk Minniefield, Derrick Hord and Chuck Verderber. Elsewhere in the Southeastern Connary. At guard, there's Rob Williams of Houston, Eric "Sleepy" Floyd of ^*^»^^^^^^^*|^^^^^^^^^fe^^^^tW^^ NFL Standings NATIOHAL FOOTBAU LEAGUE American Conf«r*nc« Eatt W l T p r * pc DA L 1 rCl. r r m fciv !«•• 7 A \ A9S OA*i 2<dJ NY JfliS / ** 1 .049 *QJ **»*• Miami 7 4 1 .425 275 238 Buffalo 7 5 0 .583 237 209 New England 2 10 0 .167 257 277 Baltimore 1 11 0 .083 209 412 Cincinnati 930 .750 330 224 Pittsburgh 750 .583 275 229 Houston 570 .417 210 263 Cleveland 570 .417 208 261 Wett Kansas City 8 4 0 .667 303 224 Denver 8 4 0 .667 241 194 <«« nUnn 750 5fl3 370 312 jon uiego / j u ..^<j*> -j««j \ji» Oakland 570 .417 195 239 Seattle 4 8 0 .333 209 289 National Conference Eatt W L T Pet. PF PA Philadelphia 9 3 0 .750 297 172 Dallas 930 .750 289 232 NY Giants 660 .500 242 213 •Washington 570 .417 250 294 St. Louis 570 .417 248 327 Minnesota 750 .583 280 269 Tampa Bay 660 .500 217 190 Detroit 660 500 291 254 Green Bay 570 '.417 220 286 Chicago 390 .250 176 275 Wett San Francisco 930 .750 270 214 Atlanta 6 6 0 .500 328 253 Los Angeles 570 .417 268 271 New Orleans 480 .333 166 261 Thursday's Games (All Times CST) Kansas City at Detroit. 11:30 a.m. Chlcooo at Dallas 3 p.m. Sunday. November 29 Baltimore at New York Jets. noon. Cincinnati at Cleveland, noon. Green Boy ot Minnesota, noon. Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, aaan. SI. Louis at New England, noon. Washington at Buffalo, noon. Tampa Bay at New Orleans. 1 p.m. Atlanta at Houston. 3 p.m. Denver at San Diego, 3 p.m. New York Giants at San Francisco, 3 p.m. Oakland at Seattle, 3 p.m. Monday, November 30 Philadelphia at Miami, B p.m. Soccer Standings Eastern Division W L Pet. GB New York 2 0 1 .000 Last season, the East provided two of the biggest shockers of the NCAA Tournament: Boston College upset A^Stf^*^^^^^ffiP^^^^^® £«,*<& ^^^v^ ®i ^^^^^^^iys^W^^**" ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ NBA Standings NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOC. Eattern Conference Atlantic Division W L Pel. GB Philadelphia 11 1 .917 — Boston U 2 .846 '/, New York 4 8 .333 7 Washington 4 8 .333 7 New Jersey 3 10 .231 8V> Central Division Atlanta 7 4 .636 — Milwaukee 8 5 .615 — Detroit 8 5 .615 — Indiana 7 7 .500 IV, Chicago 6 B .429 2'/, Cleveland 4 9 .308 4 Western Conference Midwest Division W L Pet. GB Son Antonio 9 4 .692 — Utah 7 5 .583 1 >A Denver 6 5 .545 2 Houston 6 9 .400 4 Kansas City 3 9 .250 5V» Dallas 1 13 .071 B'/, Pacific Division Los Angeles 11 4 .733 Portland 8 4 .667 IV, Phoenix 7 5 .583 2'/> Seattle 6 5 .545 3 Golden Stole 7 6 .538 3 San Diego 2 10 .167 7'/i Wednesday's Retultt Boston 122, Golden State 101 Indiana 108, Cleveland 102 Los Angeles 117, San Antonio 96 Detroit 129, Kansas City 122. OT Utah 102, San Diego 100 Denver 139. Dallas 133 Phoenix 128, Houston 114 Seattle 110, Portland 103 Thursday's Games (No Games Scheduled) Friday's Garnet (All Times CST) Washington at Boston, 6:30 p.m. Philadelphia ai Indiana, 6:35 p.m. New York at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Atlanta at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. New Jersey at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. Denver at Kansas City, 7:35 p.m. Golden State at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Portland at Utah, 8:30 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix, 8:35 p.m. San Diego at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m. Houston at Seattle, 10 p.m. College Basketball Wednesday's College Basketball Results By United Press International c«.« ference, Georgia, with Dominique Wilkens, and Alabama, with Eddie Phillips and freshman Bobby Lee Hurt, are NHL Standings By Untied Press International NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Wales Conference Patrick Division W L T Pit. GF GA NY Islanders 13 4 4 30 85 71 Pittsburgh 11 8 4 26 88 84 Philadelphia U 9 1 23 78 92 NY Rangers 8 12 2 18 73 91 Washington 5 14 2 12 71 83 Adams Division Quebec 13 10 3 29 114 106 Boston 12 6 4 28 88 69 Montreal 11 4 6 28 105 53 Buffalo U 5 6 28 79 65 Hartford 3 10 8 14 66 88 Campbell Conference Norrlt Division WIT Ptt. GF GA Minnesota 11 4 6 28 97 60 Chicago 9 6 7 25 110 95 Winnipeg 10 8 3 23 88 94 Detroit 7 11 5 19 87 100 St Louis 7 12 4 18 83 94 Toronto 5 12 5 15 92 103 Smvthe Division Edmonton 15 6 3 33 131 90 Vancouver 10 9 4 24 86 79 Lot Angeles 9 13 0 18 97 115 Calgary 6 12 5 17 82 106 Colorado 3 15 4 10 57 119 Wednesday's Retultt Quebec 3, Hartford 3, tie Buffalo 3, Detroit 1 Pittsburgh 2, Montreal 1 Toronto 3, New York Rangers 3, tie Washington 4, Minnesota 4, tie Winnipeg 7, Colorado 2 Edmonton 1 1 , Los Angeles 4 Vancouver 6, Chicago 2 Thursday's Garnet (All Times CST) Philadelphia at Boston, 6:35 p.m. $1. Louis ot New York Islanders, 7:05 p.m. Los Angeles at Calgary. 8:35 p.m. Friday's Gamet Montreal at Washington Minnesota at Winnipeg Vancouver at Colorado Chicago at Edmonton Transactions By United Prets International Baseball Chicago (AL) — Announced its Edmonton farm club of the Pacific Coast League hat signed manager Gordle Lund and pitching coach Ken Sllveslri for 1982. Cincinnati — Reached an agreement in principle on a three-year contract with free agent outfielder Mike Vail. Pitiebu/Bh 2 0 '-000 Baltimore ' 0 '•«» Cleveland 1 > *« •u«olo o l .000 Philadelphia . 0 2 .000 New Jertey.. ° 2 .000 Western Division Sl.loul. 3 0 1.000 MemphU, 2 l "7 Denver . « « •J5' Wichita 0 o 00° Kan*a»CI»y ° 2 - 000 Vi V, I 1 /, 2 2 r/i r/i Phoenix 3 .000 Newark-Rutgers 64, Kings 56 Midwest Blulflon 85, Indiana Tech 79 Missouri Western 62, Rockhurst 54 Nebraska-Omaha 87, Sioux Falls 60 Utbona 101. Wilmington 82 Walsh 74. Wilberforce 61 Turkey Classic At Wlnono lake, Ind. Spring Arbor 85, Manchester 71 Grace T), California Baptist 73 Exhibitions Wichita St. 103, Yugoslavian Nat'l 82 . Kansas City — Asked waivers on pitcher Ken Brett to give him hit unconditional release. lot Angeles - Signed Manager Tom Lasorda to a one-year contract. Basketball Milwaukee — Reactivated forward Junior Bridgeman and put on waivers forward Bob Don- drldge. Seattle - Traded forward James Bailey to New Jersey for forward Ray Tplbert and the Nets' sec and-round draft choice in 1984. College Wilkes College - Rollle Schmidt resigned at head football coach. much improved. LSU, the defending league champ, has been ambushed by graduation. Louisville, which won 19 of 20 games in one stretch last season, returns all five starters and should make the Metro Conference race a formality. Derek Smith, brothers Rodney and Scooter McRae plus recruits Manny Forrest and Milt Wagner, give coach Denny Crum astonishing depth. The Sun Belt Conference placed four of its six members in the playoffs last season. Alabama-Birmingham, under coach Gene Bartow, will be strong once again as will South Florida. In the Ohio Valley Conference, it will be more Kentucky. This time, Western Kentucky — which is expected to romp with four starters back. Midwest The sweet smell of NBA dollars has reshaped two of the region's key teams. DePaul will be without Mark Aguirre and Indiana will be without Isiah Thomas. "We've got a team again," says DePaul coach Ray Meyer, entering his 40th season. "There are no. superstars now." But Meyer does have Terry Cummings at forward, Skip Dillard at guard and some excellent freshmen. The Blue Demons may not return as No. 1 but they will be heard from. Indiana coach Bobby Knight, who will field the youngest squad in the school's history, will turn to Randy Wittman, Ted Kitchel and Jim Thomas and newcomers 7-2 Uwe Blab and 6-10 John Flowers. Iowa, with Kevin Boyle and Ken Arnold, and Minnesota, with its starting five led by Trent Tucker and 7-2 Randy Breuer, may set the pace in the Big Ten. Notre Dame lost three players in the top 25 NBA draft picks and its hopes now rest with guard John Paxson. Marquette, backed by Glenn Rivers and good freshmen, should win 20 games again. In the Mid-American Conference, Northern Illinois figures to fight it out with Toledo and Ball State. Midlands Two words echo through the Valley — Wichita State. The Shockers came within a game of the Final Four last year and now recall four starters, including bookend forwards Cliff Levingston and Antoine Carr. "They're hungry," says coach Gene Smithson. "They had a taste of the pie last year and they know how hard they had to work to get that taste. They want a bigger piece this time around." The Shockers also enjoyed their best recruiting year — nabbing 7-1 center Marymount in Evangel Classic Marymount College will attempt to fatten up on its 5-1 record when the Spartans participate in the Evangel College Thanksgiving Classic in Springfield, Mo., this weekend. The Spartans were scheduled to face School of the Ozarks at 5 p.m. Thursday in the tournament's Udlifter. The other six teams participating in the tournament and their first-round pairings include: Quincy (HI.) College versus Southwest Baptist at 6:45 p.m., Evanel against Arkansas College at 8:30 p.m. and Panhandle State versus Central Methodist at 10:15 p.m. The semifinals are scheduled for Friday night with the finals slated for 9:15 p.m. Saturday. In School of the Ozarks, Marymount will be facing a team with the best record in District 16 over the past two years. School of the Ozarks placed second in its district two years ago and advanced to the semifinals of post-season play last year. "This will be a very strong tournament," Spartan coach Frank Evans said. Southwest Baptist is the tourney's defending champion, but Evans listed Quincy, Panhandle State and Arkansas College as the Spartans' top competition for the first-place trophy. KC releases Ken Brett KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UPI) - The Kansas City Royals have asked waivers to give pitcher Ken Brett his unconditional release, said Royals executive vice president and general manager John Schuerholz. Brett asked to be released from the team during meetings last week, Schuerholz said in a written announcement released Wednesday. The 33-year-old lefthander played 11 major league seasons starting in 1967, compiling an 83-45 record and 3.93 ERA. Brett Joined the Royals August 18,1980. His record was 1-1 with a 4.18 ERA in 1981, and hi* cumulative record with the Royals was 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA and three saves. Greg Dreiling and guard Aubrey Sherrod - and the Missouri Valley Conference title should belong to them. But Nolan Richardson, who took Tulsa to an NIT championship last year, has nine lettermen back and will concede nothing to the Shockers. Bradley will be on the fringes of the league race while Creighton takes on a new look with former NBA great Willis Reed as coach. In the Big Eight, it should be a three- way scramble. Kansas State loses Rolando Blackman but retains its frontline of Randy Reed, Ed Nealy and Tyrone Adams; Missouri answers with forward Ricky Frazier and a healthy Mark Dressier, and Oklahoma State has five experienced starters led by guard Matt Clark. Southwest There's trouble in Houston. Rob Williams, who scored 25 points a game last year for the Cougars, banged up his knee and doctors say he is out for the season. The Cougars, the best offering of the Southwest Conference, will have to rely on muscular Clyde Drexler and Larry Micheaux and possibly 18-year-old Akeem Abdul, a 7-footer from Nigeria. With Williams out, Arkansas figures more prominently but the Hogs must recover from the loss of guard U.S. Reed. Texas could be a darkhorse and has a tough character in LaSalle Thompson. In the Southland Conference, Texas- Arlington appears ready to dethrone Lamar, which has been stripped by graduation. The Mavs have three veteran starters but will be challenged by Louisiana Tech and Southwestern Louisiana. Rockies The king of the Mountains should be Brigham Young or Wyoming. With miracle-maker Danny Ainge no longer in the backcourt, the Cougars shift their strength to the frontline. Fred Roberts, perhaps the best player in the region, will team with Steve Trumbo and Greg Kite. And if the Cougars are to make off with the Western Athletic Conference crown, coach Frank Arnold Just needs somebody to get them the ball. Wyoming, which moves into a new arena, must compensate for the loss of Charles Bradley. Coach Jim Brandenburg has a classy forward In BUI Garnett and a 7-foot freshman in Jim Renner. San Diego State, with Michael Cage and Zack Jones, may cause trouble while Utah, without Danny Vranes and Tom Chambers, tries tare- cover. In the Big Sky, Idaho has three players back from its 25-win season and should repeat. Montana, Montana State, Nevada-Reno and Weber State all have a shot at second. At Nevada-Las Vegas, the Rebels will run but coach Jerry Tarkanian also pledges good defense. UNLV's ammunition is Sidney Green and Michael Johnson. West How shall the West be won? Old reliable UCLA. The Bruins, who last won the national title in 1975, have a new coach in Larry Farmer. They also have speed, experience and, at long last, height. The backcourt of Rod Foster and Michael Holton is outstanding as are forwards Mike Sanders, Darren Daye and Cliff Pruitt. On top of which, there is now 7-foot freshman Stuart Gray. Southern Cal, with Kentucky transfer Dwight Anderson and Maurice Williams, and Arizona State, with guards Lafayette Lever and Byron Scott, will put up a respectable challenge to the Bruins in the Pac-10 — but no more than that. In the West Coast Athletic Conference, it should be all San Franciscjo. The Dons have one of the nation's premier guards in Quintin Dailey and a rugged center in Wallace Bryant. Pep-, perdine and Portland have five return^ ing starters and figure to follow The Dons. " In the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, Fresno State made it to the NCAAs for the first time last year and may do so again. * ~' Classified ads get results. This Christmas Wrap Him In A Present From Whether it's a soft, subtle wool plaid sportcoat, or a luxurious 10O% virgin Shetland crewneck pullover, WEST LTD. has the gifts that are sure to please. Open Sundays 1.5 P.M. '* Wear lUN.SantaFe Downtown Salina Open Monday & Thursday Kveningt. Till 8:00 P.M. 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