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By TIM MAKINEN
"Go West young man" said one New
Yorker long ago.
The West, where opportunity awaits
the ambitious man, beckons a more
recent group of New Yorkers, the St.
John's Redmen. The top-seeded Red-
men (27-3) make the long trek across
the nation to Salt Lake City where they
put their high ranking on the line in
pursuit of the national title.
ALTHOUGH RATED number one for
much of the season, recent losses to
Georgetown eliminated any chance
that St. John's would remain in the East
regional. The cross-country journey,
has not damaged other Eastern teams
in the past, however.
The previous two national cham-
pions, Georgetown and North Carolina
State, both staked their claim for the
title by first winning the West and then
moving on to complete their manifest
destiny.
"I had a funny feeling we were going
to go to Salt Lake City," said St. John's
coach Lou Carnesecca. "It's a great
place to play. They love their basket-
ball in that part of the country."
THE REDMEN, of course, are led by
6-6 senior guard Chris Mullin, an Olym-
pian and first team All-American.
Sophomore Walter Berry adds scoring
spark while 7-0 Bill Wennington, an
Olympian on the Canadian team,
stabilizes the St. John's inside defense.
Virginia Commonwealth (25-5)
conquered the Sun Belt Conference
handily thistseason, thereby earning
the Rams the second seed in the West

region. Stiffer competition for St.
John's, though, could come more likely
from Jim Valvano's N.C. State Wolf-
pack (20-9) or the Big Ten's own Iowa
Hawkeyes.
The Hawkeyes experienced a
miserable slump late in the season, but
coach George Raveling's players
should still represent the Big Ten well.
PAC-TEN co-champion Washington
(22-9) makes its second consecutive
NCAA appearance and also embarks
upon the final post season quest for
40th-year coach Mary Harshman, who
retires when the Huskies do. Quipped
Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote,
"They wheeled Harshman up in a
wheelchair, didn't they?"
The Huskies do, in fact, have some
wheels. A pair of West German impor-
ts, Detlef Schremp and Chris Welp,
helped Washington roll far already, and
possibly farther in the tourney. The
Huskies-commence play with Kentucky
(16-12), a squad whose inclusion in the
tournament surprised many people.
"In all honesty, when (Kentucky) lost
early in their tournament, I kind of
thought that they wouldn't get in" said
Harshman. "I know it hasn't been one
of their greatest years, but anytime you
think basketball, you think Kentucky."
The Running Rebels of Nevada-Las
Vegas (27-3) present another strong
challenge to St. John's rush for the gold
and glory in the West. It will be a shoot-
out all the way.
Favorite: St. John's
Darkhorse: Iowa
THE MIDWEST:
Sooners
By JEFF BERGIDA
Wayman Tisdale's favorite movie is
"Trading Places." The 6-9, 250-pound
U.S. Olympian's favorite food is steak.
Keith Lee's wife, Diane, gave birth to
a seven-pound, nine-ounce boy named
Keith Dewayne Lee Jr. last year, just
six hours after the 6-10 forward scored
35 points to power his club to the Metro
Conference championship.
TISDALE AND LEE, both consensus
All-Americans, lead Oklahoma and
Memphis State, respectively, into the
Midwest region of the NCAAs. While
the two superstars have a dozen team-
mates apiece and there are 14 other
schools in this bracket, chances are
that all you'll hear from Tulsa,

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Freshman Steve Stoyko: The
hope for the future.

The three-guard offense: Garde Thompson, Antoine
Joubert, and Gary Grant work things out.

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region of the NCAA tournament.
have Tisdale. . .
Houston, and Dallas are obscure facts tremely weak. The best clubs are Ohio
like the above about these two heroes. State (19-9) and Louisiana Tech (27-2)
Tisdale's Sooners (28-5) have been so look for OU to move into the regional
made the top seed in this region over finals unscathed.
the protests of the Memphis fans who MEMPHIS STATE, which pairs Lee
feel that the Tigers (27-3) have com- with 7-0 William Bedford, tends to over-
piled a record worthy of the number- power its opponents. But the Tigers had
one spot. Fifth-year coach Billy Tubbs one of the easiest schedules in the
has molded Oklahoma into a high- nation. Their non-conference opponents
scoring machine which commonly included Delta State, Middle Tennessee
scores 100 points in a game. State and Kent State. A loss to the
Forward Darryl Kennedy and guard University of Detroit two weeks ago
Tim McCalister complement their demonstrated some serious
more-publicized teammate. Although weaknesses in Dana Kirk's squad.
the Sooners, champions of the mediocre And the Tigers have a difficult road to
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