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"We have two centers right now,"
UCLA coach Gary Cunningham said.
"We played the People's Republic of
China team and Gig started, but by no
means are we set. We won the game
Cunningham was reluctant to assess
his team's chances nationally. "I really
can't comment, because I don't follow
the national picture except for the
teams we play. I know Notre Dame is
good, and Duke has everybody back,"
Notre Dame figures to have a fine
team, although it loses forward Dave
Batton (14 point average) and guard
Duck Williams (13.3 average). For-
ward Kelly Tripucka is expected to pick
up the slack left by Batton's departure.
The 6-7 Tripucka averaged 11.7 points a
game and rebounded at a 5.2 rate per
ONE OF THE more interesting
teams that figures prominently in the
national basketball picture this year is
Texas. The Longhorns captured the'
NIT title last year over North Carolina
State. What makes the Longhorns so in-
teresting is that they were last in
rebounding in the Southwest Conferen-
ce. In the NIT final game, N.C. State
out-rebounded Texas by 14, yet lost, 101-
"There was one ball game where we
were out-rebounded 64 to 37 and we won
by 26," Assistant Coach Steve Moeller
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"We make very few mistakes. Our
average turnovers a game was seven or
eight. We shoot very well, so there's not
a lot of offensive rebounds."
Leading the team is guard Jim
Krivacs, a 6-1 senior who averaged 22
points per game. His backcourt partner
John Moore is a key player, too. He
averaged 13.6 points last year.
"We think we have the best pair of
guards in the country," Moeller said.
One problem Texas has, however, is
that it needs a center. "There's no heir
apparent. Nobody seems to want it,"
OTHER TEAMS which figure to be a
factor nationwide include Louisville,
North Carolina State, and Kansas.
Louisville is led by Darrell Griffith
and Bobby Turner. Griffith sported
an 18.6 average, and Turner hit for 11.6
points per game. The Cardinals also
had an excellent recruiting year.
North Carolina State's biggest
problem is that it's in the same con-
ference as Duke. Nevertheless, the
Wolfpack has an abundance of talent.
All five starters return, and the name of
the game for N.C. State was balance.
Finally, Kansas figures to be the Big
Eight's top team. The Jayhawks
finished 14-5 overall last year. Leading
the way this year is sophomore Darnell
Valentine. He averaged 13.5 points a
year ago, showing tremendous poten-
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Staton: Well, that depends on what
the future holds for Tommy Staton bet-
ween now and March. I have plans to
come back to school and take my fifth
year. Maybe as a graduate assistant,
possibly as a stepping stone to law
school - that still hasn't been excluded.
There's also the possibility of going into
management in some careers I've had
training in. I've had contact with some
corporations for that kind of thing.
Right now, I have just two things in
mind. One is playing well this season. If
I play well this season, due to my prior
national recognition, I think I will be
drafted rather highly. So I do have a
chance to get drafted, and if I do get
drafted, then it's on you and the politics
of the situation. I'm more of a realist
than a surrealist. I know that politics
plays a major factor in not only where
you go, but how good are your chances
of making it once you get there.
Therefore, I'm not going to say I'm put-
ting all my hopes on becoming a
professional basketball player. If I do,
the main purpose of my being a
professional basketball player would be
to accumulate money, so I can come
back to school and not have to work,
and so I can pursue my desired field.
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has been lost from the talents of two
years ago. Thus it is a good bet to ex-
pect Hubbard back for both of his
remaining years of eligibility.
"Yeah, I think I'm going to stay here
next year," Hubbard said, "I'd like to
go back (to the Olympics in 1980). I
respect everybody on this team. We're
friends on and off the court-that's a
big part of being a team."
Orr plans to rest Hubbard a little as
the season begins, giving him some
needed rest as the run-and-gun
Wolverines fly from end line to end line.
Mike McGee should be the main
beneficiary of Hub's return, as well as
making it easier for the team as a whole
to get off their shots with the "big man"
in the pivot.
Mark Lozier subscribes to this
theory. "Everybody's expecting too
much, I think," he said. "Phil's a great
player and you know the kinds of things
he can do. He's going to play wri l-but
because he's here people are going to
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