Independent from Long Beach, California on March 18, 1976 · Page 43
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Alabama in tough vs. Hoosiers un B»ci..cim..Tiim..M«rcr.n.im INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM)-C3 Associated Press ; · Indiana has the kind of · record and talent that can blow your mind, says Ala- b a m a basketball c o a c h C.M. Newton, who hopes his Crimson Tide doesn't blow its cool when it plays the top-ranked Hoosiers tonight. UCLA-- (Continued From C-l) The Waves, despite a sparkling 22-5 record, arc unheralded. They b e a t Memphis State, 88-77, in Tcmpe, Ariz., l a s t weekend to earn their ticket to Pauley. To t h o s e w h o thought that win was a fluke, Barlow offered a . \\ordof caution. . "A team has to be good to be in this tournament," h e s a i d . " R e m e m b e r , .. Ihere are only 16 teams in · Ihe country still with a shot at the national championship." T h e f a c t t h e Bruins · .have won 10 of those titles , t h e l a s t dozen seasons doesn't make Barlow's job any easier. T h o u g h he won't say so outright, he's pleased to have an ace in the hole in Pauley Pavil- · '"It's always good to be . home, but I'm not sure it's ( h a t m u c h of an advantage," he s a i d . "Sure, U C L A w i l l h a v e t h e majority of the fans, but 1'cpperdine will be hoard '.from and so w i l l Las Vegas and Arizona. No · (earn is having to come half way across the country. ''The important Ihing, · though, is how the game is played, not where. Pauley Pavilion has never played a game, period." . Colson Ihinks otherwise and he's quick to voice his opinion. . "It's not right that a competing team should be hosting a regional tournament." he said. "1 know Las Vegas is upset about it and so is A r i z o n a . T h e y ' r e not g o i n g lo change it, but I've been yelling about it so thai next year or in the years .to como we might be able to avoid this situation." · . It's been nearly a decade since the Wave coach ·'"has worried aboul postseason competition. Twice · he t o o k Valctosta, G a . , .Slate teams to the N A I A .'championship, b u t t h e N C A A is a new experi- . cnce. . "I thought for a long time that playing basketball in March was a drag, but it's been a joy. We're not on an ego trip or anything like that, hut it sure feels good to be here." Pcppcrdinc must oppose a UCLA team lhat may not be as tournamcnt-lcst- ed as s o m e of J o h n Wooden's clubs but one t h a t aged r a p i d l y in the concluding weeks of the 1 I'acific-8 Conference sca- '_son and was never really In trouble while dispatching San Diego State in Eug e n e , O r e . , 7'1-frl, l a s t Saturday night. The Waves tnusl contain Richard Washington (rora the outside and Marques .lohnson's p o w e r moves near Ihc basket. They'll : i l s o h a v e lo force t u r n - overs in the Bruin hack- courl. ' Marcos Leile. a 23-year- old. 6-10 Olympic veteran from Brazil, keys the Pcp- p e r d i n e a t t a c k . He dominated the Memphis Stale game with M points w h i l e t e a m m a t e s O l l i e Matson Jr. and Dick Skop. h a m m e r gathered 20 re- · bounds. Flinlic Williams, a 6 3 freshman, gives the Waves flare in Ihe back- Tarkanian's R u n n i n ' Rebels have no real supers t a r s . L e a d i n g s c o r e r Kddie Owens comes closest w i t h his 23-point average Bui no one short of Ihe Six Million Dollar M a n c o u l d k e e p up UNLV's pell-mell p a c e . "I-is Vegas is a quality t e a m w i t h q u a l i t y a t h - letes." said Snowden. i.ot wishing to incile a club which a l r e a d y holds a 3801 decision over his Wild cms this season. "It wasn't any gre.il surprise to me (tul we played them - so closely in Lis Vegas. -\Ve. too. h a v e quality players." Thc Indiana-Alabama game will be one of two NCAA Mideast Regional games at Baton Rouge tonight. The winners play Saturday for the right to advance to the national semifinals M a r c h 27 in Philadelphia. The other Mideast game will pit No. 2 Marguette, 26-1, a g a i n s t W e s t e r n Michigan, 20-3. "We're playing-the best team in the country without any question," said Newton, whose Tide has a 23-4 record compared lo Indiana's 28-0. "To have gone unbeaten over the past two regular seasons like Indiana has done is [oosiers ly to roll tonight do our part, it will be a ness and shooting touch. c d Michigan 122-6) faces good game." Hoosier coach Bobby s e v e n t h - r a n k e d Notre Indiana, which has two Knighl calls Alabama "a Dame (23-5). Scott May and center Kent great quickness without games plays Ihe winner of Benson-- finds itself in sacraticing size and and | nc Missouri (25-4) and what is probably the strength. We will have to Texas Tccli(25-5) Saturday toughest of the four re- play our very host to afternoon for the right lo gional tournaments. maintain a chance to advance lo the finals. Alabama, which had a win." |( not for a couple of easy time in defeating Indiana, which was 30-0 last-second shots Satur- North Carolina Saturday, last year, then lost to Ken- a ay Michigan and Notre will try to neutralize Ben- lucky in the regional final, name players would have son with an all-America of is favored to reach the re- had to resume their lives ils own, Leon Douglas. gional final again, this as regular studenls in- Douglas, who dominated time probably against stead of getting a free trip North Carolina with 35 Marquette. to Bluegrass counlry. points and 17 rebounds, Perhaps the c l o s e s t The Fighting Irish need- isn't as strong as Benson, game of the night will be c d a last-second, tipped-in but could poise a problem in Ihc Midwest Regional in shot by reserve center for the Indiana redhead Louisville where Big-Ten Toby Knight lo squeeze by Cincinnati Saturday, 79-7S, at Ihe buzzer. 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