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It was a gas... The entire Texas A&M
men's basketball team and itsupport
staff were sent to local hospitals after
being overcome by carbon monoxide
fumes shortly before a game against
Baylor U. A malfunction in the heating
system at Baylor's Ferrell Center
leaked the poisonous fumes into
A&M's locker room, the officials'
dressing room and a hospitality area.
The arena was evacuated, and the
game postponed until a later date.
Four members of the A&M team and
staff spent two nights in a Dallas
Hospital, where they received treat-
ment in a hyperbaric chamber. Two
others stayed overnight in a Waco
hospital.. Scott Wudel, The Battalion,
Texas A&M U.
Down on the farm... In light of tougher
academic requirements for incoming
freshman athletes in 1995, the
National Basketball Association and
the National Football League should
consider creating farm teams, said
Richard D. Schultz, executive director
of the NCAA. "The new academic
stan'dards do not deny the student
athletes who do not meet the academic
standards access to an education," said
Jim Marchiony, director of commun-
ications for the NCAA. Marchiony said
those not making the grade can play at
non-NCAA schools, prep schools,"
junior colleges and, if formed, on farm
teams. Mitch Kupchak, assistant
general manager for the Los Angeles
Lakers, said a farm system for the NBA
is a bad idea. "You're almost taking*
away the incentive to go to college," he
said. Gabrielle Moses, The Observer,
Case Western Reserve U.
Final Four is thepinnacle'
The State News, Michigan State U.
Whether they spent their time running the court or sweating it out
on the sidelines, coaches and players say there's nothing like the
"You feel an ecstasy in going," said Mike Krzyzewski, head coach
of the Duke U. Blue Devils, before entering and eventually winning
the 1991 Final Four. "It doesn't ever get old. There are different
sites, different teams and different people."
If the Final Four was going to seem "old" to anyone, it would
probably be Krzyzewski, a coach whose team is becoming a regular
at the Final Four site each year.
"It is the pinnacle of a coaching achievement," said Michgan State
U. head coach Jud Heathcote, whose 1979 Spartans won the NCAA
Championship with Earvin "Magic" Johnson. "Anytime you win a
title it is something you cherish. And it's always something you have
in your memory bank forever. No one can take that away from you."
"I don't look at the Final Four as a commonplace thing," he
added. "I approach it with zest, enthusiasm and resolve the best I
can. I hope that whatever happens (the team's) feelings are not ones
of frustration, but of feeling really good about what they
"In high school you hear so much about making it to the Final
Four, and you know that it is the Super Bowl of college basketball,"
said Scooter McCray, an assistant basketball coach at the U. of
Louisville who played for Louisville in the 1982 and 1983
"I think today it is much harder to get to a Final Four because of
the parity," McCray said. "Teams are great all over the country, and
the competition comes from everywhere."
And so does the pressure.
"Every step you go in basketball, the bigger the game is," said
former North Carolina State U. basketball coach Jim Valvano,
whose team captured the 1983 title with a last-second win over
heavily favored Houston. "Each win that you get in the NCAA
tournament becomes greater as the whole country starts to focus on
you. Then you get to the Final Four, and if your emotions aren't
stirred, then you're dead. It's a wonderful experience. You can't
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Kansas tried, but Duke pulled It out In last year's Final Four.
really explain it. It's great because the whole basketball world is
focused on thatweekend."
But once the tournament is over, Heathcote said, it's over.
"Every year I go in to challenge my players to do the best job that
they can do. I don't look back to what we did last year or 10 years
ago. It doesn't mean anything to thisyear's team."
Getting there again, however, means everything to players.
"That's what you strive for throughout the entire year," said UNC
sophomore center Eric Montross, an Indianapolis native who
returned to his hometown for the 1991 Final Four in the Hoosier
"It's the best thing that has happened to me in mywhole life," said
Adonis Jordan, a junior point guard for the U. of Kansas Jayhawks,
losers to Duke in last year's title game. "Whatever it takes to go back,
I'm willing to do it."
Neil Amato, Daily Tar Heel, U. ofNorth Carolina; Lyle Niedens, Daily
Kansan, U. of Kansas; and Dave Shahroudi, The Cardinal, U. of
Louisville, contributed to this story.
a The Cameron Crazies are at it again
By KRIS OLSON Foes made only 36 percent of their shots against this move
The Chronicle, Duke U. where the entire crowd is silenced as the shooter steps to the
free-throw line. Just as he is ready to release the ball, the
The hop. The whirl. The eggbeater. crowd erupts ina frenzied roar.
They may sound like the names of long-forgotten dances Even though the silence/scream technique is the most
from the '50s, but they're actually techniques used by a effective, fanslike junior Hannah Kerby, say it isn't as much
group of Duke U. basketball fans to distract opponents fun as some others. Kerby is a member of the Duke Pep
attempting free throws. Band, the group who sits behind one of the baskets and is
Last year, four doctors at the Duke Medical Center generally credited with inventing some of the more
studied the group's effectiveness by tracking the number of innovative techniques like the hop and the eggbeater, where
successful free throws against each technique at Duke's fans imitate the referee's traveling call.
seven conference home games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. "We know other teams are scared to come (here),"junior
The group's study yielded mixed results. Overall, Reg King said. "When we beat N.C. State, their freshmen
opponents made 64 percent of their free throws. While admitted we intimidated them. We like that."
some techniques like the hop, where students behind the Cliff Ellis, Clemson's head coach, said his players "were
basket jump up and down in place, made no difference in scared to death" when they lost to Duke 112-73 earlier in the
CUFF BURNS, THE CHRONICLE, DUKE U. the percentage of free throws made, others like the season. "(The students) try to get to you mentally, and they
For Duke fans, scaring the opponent is half the fun. silence/scream method paid off handsomely. do itso many times."