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If Ya Think 'Bout It. . .'Cats Could Be 2-2
Undefeated, yet so close to what could have been an unsettling 2-2 beginning in a season of much promise.
That phrase is for the losers of the world, those who prescribe "wait 'til next year" theories.
In fact. Kentucky is 4-0, ranked No. 1 in the country and is headed toward a 7-0 start out of the gates before it collides with SEC rival Vanderbilt to ring out the old year later this month.
Oh, there are some games ahead, but none of the next three opponents has the firepower to beat the Wildcats, even on the worst of nights.
Kentucky should successfully defend its UKIT title this weekend against the likes of Miami of Ohio. Middle Tennessee and North Carolina-Charlotte. Miami has no chance of upsetting the 'Cats. In the championship game, UK should be a big favorite. Either MTSU or UNCC could upset the 'Cats, perhaps on their homecourts, but not in Rupp Arena.
And when Alaska comes to town. Well, the Seawolves have about as much chance of beating the Big Blue as a snow has a chance of staying cold you know where.
I mean, if UK can survive all that Denny Crum's Cardinals threw at it Saturday and still win, then the Big Blue should be all right at Rupp this winter.
There were some so-called experts around these parts who predicted a big blowout last Saturday. Some reporters were even suggesting it could challenge last year's 34-point blowout at Freedom Hall.
Either they didn't know much about the game, it was wishful thinking or they were trying to help con Sutton and his Wildcats into thinking they didn't have to be prepared.
I tend to believe that reporters where hard-pressed for story angles of this event tagged the "Dream Game" several years ago.
Throughout the week's buildup, none of these reporters who suggested a blowout was in the offing took time to report what the real experts in Vegas were saying about the game.
Although the big dailies report odds on games these days, it wasn't until Saturday morning that reporters got around to mentioning that the official line had UK an eight- (not 80-, not 50-, not 35-, not even a 10-) point favorite.
My friends, that isn't a very high margin for a No. 1-ranked team playing an unrank-ed team on the No. 1-ranked team's home floor.
It's safe to assume then Kentucky was about to be set up for the ambush.
The Wildcats themselves helped along the notion after scrambling ahead by as many as 16 points in the first half before Crum's Cardinals came roaring back.
Some people claim this Louisville team isn't very talented. C'mon sports fans, let's have a little honesty. What I'd like to know is if the Cards were looking past Notre Dame a week ago and really had their eyes on Kentucky?
Back to the Cards' talent. You gonna tell me Pervis Ellison, Herb Crook, Kenny Payne and Keith Williams can't play basketball? Why don't you ask to see their championship rings of two years ago? They didn't come out
And they're well-coached. Crum is one of the nation's best and he doesn't have to prove his credentials either.
Still, there were some out there to kept yak-king about a blowout. If this series is played 20 years, you'll not have a blowout more than once every six or eight. And you'll never see the same team get blown out two years in a row. Traditional rivalries among powerhouses aren't played that way.
Fortunately for Kentucky, the Wildcats played to win down the stretch, not to keep from losing. Sure, there were three vital turnovers by veterans, but when the chips were on the line, the 'Cats found a way to win, and to stay undefeated.
When next December rolls around and the two clubs meet in Louisville, it'll be interesting to see if the media expects a Louisville rout since the Cards almost upset the 'Cats at Rupp Arena when UK was ranked No. 1.
I gotta hunch it'll be another close one.
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It'll be some top-notch high school basketball this Saturday at the annual Coca-Cola Thoroughbred Classic in Rupp Arena with action set to get underway at 9 a.m.
Highlighting the card will be Toledo (Ohio) Macomber-Whitney High and its junior sena-tion Jimmy Jackson, rated the nation's top junior by All-Star Sports Publications, Orlando Lightfoot's Chattanooga (Tenn.) High and UK signee Sean Woods and his Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral team.
In the first game. Lexington Catholic meets Lexington Tates Creek followed by Scott County and Chattanooga High. The third game has Lexington Lafayette taking on Cathedral. The final contest pits Macomber-Whitney against Lexington Bryan Station.
Plenty of excellent tickets are available at the Rupp Arena ticket office or Lafayette High school.
This classic has produced many great collegiate stars in the past, such as Kentucky's
Winston Bennett, Eric Manuel and Richard Madison; Duke's Danny Ferry; Georgetown's Reggie Williams and Georgia Tech's Duane Ferrell.
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Making his final official appearance in Lexington as commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, Col. Harvey Schiller attended the Kentucky-Louisville game Saturday and said he expects nothing but big-time progress for college basketball.
Schiller flew to Lexington for the game with associate commissioner Jack Guthrie.
"I wanted to see Kentucky play at least one game before I leave office," he told TCP, "and I would have preferred a conference game because we have such a great conference, but I don't think I could pick a better one this this game if it .couldn't be a conference game."
Schiller said he leaves the SEC with be sadness and fondness. He said the opportunity tojoin the USOC (United States Olympic Committee) was too great an opportunity to
pass up.
His big achievement with the SEC has been the new promoting and marketing approach he launched upon his arrival of just over a year ago.
Schiller says he believes the U.S. will regain its basketball supremecy in international basketball at the next Olympics.
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HITS AND MISSES . . . People want different things for different reasons for Christmas, but few would have the wish of sophomore Derrick Millera championship ring and that everyone would quit asking him when he is going to leave the University of Kentucky. Said Miller after the Louisville game with a wink: "I'm not going anywhere." . . . One of the first persons in the UK locker
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room after Kentucky's 76-75 win over Louisville Saturday was retired UK president Dr. Otis Singletary, who congratulated the Wildcats on their fifth victory in six tries since that historic decision to reinstate the series back in the spring of 1983. Dr. Singletary said he had no idea the series would turn into the one-sided affair it has, but jokingly added that he'd be happy to take credit if anyone wanted to pass it along to him . . . Two other familiar faces in the crowd were former Kentucky governor Happy Chandler and Gov. Wallace Wilkinson, who was just inaugurated last week. Neither denied their strong loyalty to the University of Kentucky . . . Don't be surprised if WHAS Radio rejoins the Kentucky football and basketball radio networks next season. There have been several moves and meetings about their return and it now appears a deal is near-ing. But don't expect any leaks of the details until a pact is signed, sealed and delivered. What this means as far as UK's other 50.000-watt. clear channel stationWLW in Cincinnatiis unknown. And what it means to the current Louisville outletWAVG Radioisn't known other than the fact that WAVG Radio will have UK sports again next year, at least on a simulcast basis . . . One of the big hangups in recent years has been WHAS' use of UK's self-proclaimed critic, Jock Sutherland. There are some around UK who seem to think that WHAS will never retain sole rights to UK games as long as Sutherland is permitted to have an open throttle against UK. Of course, WHAS' ultimate goal is to have the 'Cats exclusively. That controversy was stirred again last week when both the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader each published features on Sutherland and his dislike for UK fans . . . For those rabid UK fans who didn't get the opportunity to purchase a Big Four Classic game program, which was produced by Host Communications, you can still obtain one by mailing $6 (which includes postage and handling) to:
Big Four Program P.O. Box 1988-A Lexington, Ky. 40593-1988
If you're a collector, you won't want to miss this one. It ranks right up there with the Final Four programs which are also produced by Host Communications. . . Speaking of programs, Host Communications has just made the Lexington Civic Center (which operates Rupp Arena Arena) $325,000 richer. That's the right fee the Center will received from Host over the next five years to produce and sell game programs for UK basketball games. Host paid $43,000 for rights to the programs this season. Next season, Host proposed to pay over $60,000 with the fee going as high as $70,000 in the last year of the five-year deal. Unfortunately, none of those dollars go to the University of Kentucky. As part of UK's agreement with the Center for use of Rupp Arena, all profits and rights of game programs go to the Lexington Center . . . We'd like to invite you to catch a one-hour television special this Saturday on WLEX-TV, Channel 18 in Lexington at 7 p.m., just before the championship of the UKIT. Earl
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Time To Gaze At Past, Present, Future
More 'Big Brother,' 'Little Brother1
Louisville vs. Kentucky and things. Denny Crum said before last Saturday's game that he believes the UK-UofL series has been "good for college basketball. I felt before it started (in 1983) that it would help
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relieve some of the tensions and bad feelings between fans of the schools and I think it has," he said. "Oh, there are some who still have hard feelings, but this series hasn't hurt anybody."
Eddie Sutton agreed. "It's a healthy rivalry here in the state, and I hope it stays that way. I think it's an important game for the fans, one that should be played in December. Then we go and try to win our conference and they go and try to win theirs."
The key word here, I believe, is fans. College basketball fans in Kentucky wanted a UK-U of L series for the right reasons. It is one more sports happening to get very excited about.
And, from conversations I heard last week, the series is indeed healthya good rivalry with virtually no negative factors of any real significance.
When Kentucky and Louisville fans stand back a little and view the series with a little less passion and a bit more perspective, they will see that the annual contest is an excellent two-hour television commercial for the state.
'Big brother/Little brother'
About his "Big brother-Little Brother" remark before the UK-UofL game in 1986. Kentucky coach Eddie Sutton said before last Saturday's game that, "in no way did I mean it (the Little Brother remark) to be derogatory to the University of Louisville. I just meant that Kentucky has been at it longer and has won more games than UofL. But UofL is an outstanding basketball program.
"I didn't mean to put coach Crum down in any way," he added. "If it was taken that way then I would apologize."
Crum's reaction? "The comment didn't help anything, but we all say things that we don't mean. I wasn't upset by it before and I'm not now. It's like my dad told me once 'don't major in minors.' In other words don't worry about the things you can't control."
The game? Sutton predicted it would be a "great game, very close. I don't know what the wizards in Vegas are picking, but I think it's going to be a close game." Now you know the rest of that story
Statistically speaking
Sutton analyzed very well last week why his team was No. 1 in the country.
"I look at the points we're scoring  75 to 80 a game  and if our defense is good and sound  we're holding our opponents to say, 60 to 67 points, then we're going to have a great chance to win a game.
Kentucky is averaging 13 turnovers per game. "That's very good for this time of year," Sutton said. "Defense. I've been very pleased with it."
UK has committed 40 turnovers in three games while forcing its opponents into 67. Steals: The Wildcats have 36, their foes 20.
On being No. 1
When the Associated Press college basketball rankings came out last week the Kentucky Wildcats were no longer just No. 1 in the hearts of UK fans. The nation's sports writers thought so too.
What does it mean, being No. 1 in the polls? The pluses outweigh the minuses, it seems to me.
 Prestige. Polls may be for fans, but coaches and players are not being honest if they say "being rated No. 1 doesn't mean anything to us." Being recognized as the best, no matter what time of the season, is the goal for every competitive athlete. And certainly no college team in America ought to be able to handle the pressure that goes with it better than Kentucky.
 Exposure. Being No. 1 means more attention from television and national media as well as day to day coverage at the regional and local levels. Everytime the letters "UK" appear in print or on a TV screen school officials relish it as much or more than fans do.
 Recruiting. "Selling the program" is made immensely easier when a recruiter can walk into the living room of a high school prospect and tell his mom and dad that Kentucky is or has been No. 1 in the polls this season.
 NCAA seedings. It is only December, but staying close to
the top through the season, then solidifying a spot in the top four at the end, translates into being one of the top regional seeds, playing closer to home when the NCAA selection committee seeds its 64-team tournament field.
On the downside, coaches are accustomed to saying "being No. 1 this time of year just means everybody shoots at you that much harder." But Eddie Sutton said only last week, "everybody shoots at Kentucky's great tradition anyway." Are there any downside items I missed? Next, does Kentucky deserve to be rated No. 1? Absolutely. For example, in Indiana, UK won a game one veteran Hoosier reporter said, "IU always expects to win. When they play here or in Bloomington, somehow, some way, by Divine Providence, it's supposed to happen. It's a given."
And, the ways UK beat the Hoosiers were impressive. Leather hide defense is what I call the formula. While the Wildcats' offense was barely adequate, 43.9 percent shooting Saturday, their defense was superb. Indiana had 11 more shots, 68 to 57, but made only 42.6.
"Kentucky is an aggressive man-to-man (defensive) team against whom you have to work hard to get good shots," IU coach Bob Knight said, adding, "I thought our guard play cost us the game. We just got badly whipped at the guard positions." How long at No. 1?
With the "Christmas Turkey" UKIT just ahead, there isn't much reason (Alaska?) to believe UK won't keep the top spot at
Hardnose, Ed Davender
least until New Year's Eve when Vanderbilt travels to Rupp Arena.
But the first real threat, it says here, will be Jan. 2 when UK plays Georgia in Atlanta.
Ed Davender
UK's Mr. Hardnose is starting to receive the accoaldes he deserves.
Knight: "He's one of the best in the country at both ends of the floor. I told our team that before the game. Chapman we were able to contain. In fact, he was more a negative factor for them. But Davender, in one stretch kind of took over the game."
Sutton: "I think he's an Ail-American, one of the top four or five in college basketball today," Sutton said. "Ask (Dick) Vitale or any sports writer who's better than Ed?"
So, why hasn't UK's senior gotten more national acclaim?
"He's lived in the shadow of (Kenny) Walker and (Winston) Bennett, and then (Rex) Chapman came in like a whirlwind," Sutton said. "But you can't imagine what he does for our team at both ends of the floor.
"He's got to be the most underrated guard in college basketball," the coach added.
Dwane Casey on Derrick Miller
During a brief conversation at the Hoosier Dome before the UK-IU game, UK assistant coach Dwane Casey chided the media for "making a big thing" out of Derrick Miller not playing in the Cincinnati game.
"Here we had just beaten Cincinnati and the big headlines next day were all about how Derrick didn't play," Casey said.
Louisville Cardinals
It is fair to say that the consensus opinion Saturday was that coach Denny Crum's team was awful in virtually every phase of the game. However...
 If Tony Kimbro comes back next week in the right frame of mind, takes up his role with enthusiasm, makes himself effective from the perimeter and blends in..
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Following are coach Eddie Sutton's postgame comments after UK's 76-75 victory over Louisville last Saturday at Rupp Arena:
Question: During the week leading up to the game you said it would be a close contest. Did you really expect it to be a one-point game?
Sutton: I thought it would be a tough game because Louisville is a good basketball team. I've had them in my elite group since we started practicing on the the 15th of October. They've got excellent athletes and they are well coached. I knew if we did not play as well as we're capable of playing then it would be extremely close. That's what happened. We played very well in the first half and went into intermission with a sizeable lead. We had the ball to begin the second stanza and yet we went out and did not use good shot selection. The first two possessions: Rex (Chapman) took a shot off the second or third pass; the next time down Winston (Bennett) took a shot. . .that's what I keep preachingone must be patient, especially when you have a sizeable lead like we did. You can't take anything away from Louisville; they seized that opportunity and made a good run during the beginning of the second half. They had an extremely hot hand; they hit some great shots. Our defense at times was good, but they just hit some outstanding shots. Finally, we did become patient, offensively. . .we did do a good job of running our offense. They were running a triangle-and-two, a gimmick defense. We put Derrick (Miller) in there; we put Eric (Manuel) in there. They (UK guards) got good shots but they just didn't complete it. Then they (U of L) made a run and finally tied the ballgame up. Then we spurted out. I thought we had the ballgame won again, and should have. I don't think it was as much as their press because we really had attacked their press well throughout the game, but we made three silly turnovers. I want to credit their press because they really played hard, but we made some mistakes there. With three minutes to go we have a five-point lead and the basketball. And what we teach them, that shouldn't happen. . .But our team did display a lot of character. We always believe we're going to win: something good is going to happen. It just so happens that Cedric (Jenkins) made a great play this afternoon. But he also played very well, even if he didn't score (but two) he had 11 rebounds. That's very, very important. It was a good college game as far as intensity level. Both teams played hard. The one thing we've got to do if we hope to have a great ballclub is to eliminate some of our mistakes at the offensive end of the court.
Question: Winston still seems to be having problems staying out of foul trouble. What can be done to correct this?
Sutton: Well, he's going to foul because he is so aggressive. He's picking up a couple of fouls each game just on nickle-and-dime foulsgets himself out of position or he reaches in and grabs or sticks a knee out when a guy starts to drive. Those are careless fouls that you've got to eliminate. He's just going to have to work on thatlook at film, listen to coaches, and be aware of it.
Question: When Louisville picked up the technical in the first half for having six players on the court it seemed to change the pace of the game in UK's favor. Do you agree?
Sutton: That was an unfortunate thing on their part. I don't know how much it changed the game but it was a big play. Those things happen. It's never happened to me, but I always fear that it could happen. We try to be very earful and I'm sure they do, also. Sometimes young people in the heat of battle forget to tell who they are going in for, or there is a timeout like there was then and (the player says) "I've been in the game and 1 go back out." All of a sudden you have six players out there. I've seen it happen, but not that often.
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13	14	15	16 Ohio St.-Florida, TBA (ESPN) DePaul-Weber St., 9:30 (WGN)	17 AustinPeay-Wichita St.,7:30(ESPN) Bradley-Memphis St., 9:30 (ESPN)	18 Miami (O.)-Kentucky, 9:00 (UK) DePaul-Washington, 11:00 (ESPN)	19 UK in UKIT, 6:30 or 9:00 (UK) No. Carolina-Illinois, 3:45 (CBS) Valparaiso-Notre Dame, 1:00 (WGN) Kansas-N.C. St., 4:00 (ABC) South Carolina-Temple, 8:00 (ESPN)
20	21 UCLA-California, 11:00 (ESPN)	22 Illinois-Missouri. 9:00 (USA)	23 UT-San Antonio-DePaul.8:30(WGN) Alabama-Arkansas. 9:00 (USA)	24	25	26 Pitt-Jacksonville, 9:00 (ESPN)
27	28 Alaska-Kentucky. 8:00 (UK) Clemson-Michigan, 9:00 (USA) Wisc.-UNLV, 12:30a.m. (Tue.)(ESPN)	29 Auburn-Villanova, 9:00 (USA) LSU-UNLV. midnight (ESPN)	30 N. Dame-St. Bon'venture, 8:00(WGN)	31 /anderbilt-Kentucky, 8:00 (ESPN)		
					1	2 Florida-Pitt, 2:30 (CBS) North Carolina-UCLA, 4:00 (NBC) Kentucky-Georgia, 7:00 (ESPN) Georgetown-Miami (Fla), 8:00 (USA) Notre Dame-LaSalle, 9:00 (ESPN) Arizona-New Mexico, 11:30 (ESPN)
3	4 Notre Dame-Lafayette, 8:00 (WGN) Villanova-St. John's, 7:30 (ESPN) Purdue-Illinois, 9:30 (ESPN) Kansas-Washington, 11:30 (ESPN)	5	6 Pitt-Georgetown, 7:00(ESPN) Bradley-UNCC. 9:00 (ESPN) Miss. St.-Kentucky, 11:30" (UK) Florida-Auburn, 8:00 (SEC)	7 Va. Tech-So. Carolina, 7:00 (ESPN) Georgia-Alabama, 9:00 (ESPN) Calilornia-Arizona, 9:00 (USA)	8	9 Auburn-Kentucky. 8:00 (ESPN)
10	11 Syracuse-Villanova, 7:30 (ESPN) Indiana-Northwestern, 9:30 (ESPN) Oklahoma-LSU, 9:00 (USA)	12	13 Yale-Notre Dame, 7:30 (WGN) Georgetown-Providence, 8:00 (ESPN) Kentucky-Alabama, 10:00 (ESPN) Vanderbilt-Ole Miss, 8:00 (SEC)	14 LaSalle-Temple, 7:00 (ESPN) Dayton-DePaul, 8:30 (WGN) No. Carolina-Maryland, 9:00 (ESPN)	15	16 DePaul-Notre Dame, noon (ESPN) UCLA-Louisville, 2:00 (NBC) N.C St.-Georgia Tech, 4.00 (ESPN) Maryland-Duke. 7:00 (ESPN) Virginia-No. Carolina. 9:00 (ESPN) Tennessee-Kentucky. 11:30" (UK)
17	18 Rhode Island-George Washington, 1:30 (ESPN) Boston Coll-Syracuse, 7:30 (ESPN) Michigan-Ohio St., 9:30 (ESPN)	19 SMU-Houston, 9:00 (USA)	20 Florida-Kentucky, 8:00 (SEC) St. John's-Georgetown, 8:00 (ESPN) Alabama-LSU, 10:00 (ESPN)	21 Loyola-DePaul, 8:30 (WGN) Duke-No. Carolina, 8:00 (ESPN) UCLA-Arizona St., 9:00 (USA) Memphis St.-So. Miss., 10:00(ESPN)	22 Austin Peay-Tennessee Tech, midnight (ESPN)	23 Kentucky-LSU, 2:00 (CBS) Kansas-Notre Dame, 2:00 (NBC) Purdue-Louisville, 4:00 (CBS) Marquette-Dayton, 8:00 (ESPN) DePaul-Old Dominion. 9:00 (WGN) Ole Miss-Alabama, 4:00 (SEC)
24 Georgetown-Syracuse, noon (CBS) No. Carolina-N.C. St., 1:00 (NBC) Michigan-Indiana, 2:00 (ABC) Temple-UNLV, 4:00 (ABC)	25 Providence-Pitt, 7:30 (ESPN) Iowa-Wisconsin, 9:30 (ESPN)	26 Louisville-Dayton, 8:00 (USA)	27 St. John's-Villanova. 7:00 (ESPN) Marquette-DePaul, 8:30 (WGN) Syracuse-Seton Hall. 9:00 (ESPN) LSU-Florida, 8:00 (SEC)	28 Louisville-So. Miss., 7:00 (ESPN) No. Carolina-Wake Forest, 9:00 (ESPN) West Virginia-Bradley, 9:00 (ESPN) Wyoming-San Diego St.. 11:30 (ESPN)	29	30 Wake Forest-Virginia, noon, (ESPN) Flonda-Vanderbilt. 4:00 (SEC) Pitt-Boston College, 7:00 (ESPN) Louisville-Memphis St.. 9:00(ESPN)
31 OePaul-N.C. St., noon (NBC) Kentucky-Notre Dame, 1:30 (ABC) Michigan-Syracuse, 2:30 (CBS)						
	1 Georgetown-Villanova, 7:30 (ESPN) Ohio St.-Michigan St.. 9:30 (ESPN)	2 Maryland-Notre Dame, 7:30 (WGN) Tulsa-Brigham Young, 9:00 (USA)	3 DePaul-lndiana St., 7:30 (WGN) Georgia Tech-Duke, 7:00 (ESPN) Pitt-St. John's, 9:00 (ESPN) Ole Miss-Kentucky, 11:30" (UK) LSU-Florida. 8:00 (SEC)	4 Oklahoma St.-Nebraska, 7:00(ESPN) No. Carolina-Clemson. 9:00 (ESPN) UTEP-Wyoming, 9:00 (USA) Utah-Brigham Young, 11:00 (ESPN)	5 Middle Tennessee-Tennessee St., midnight (ESPN)	6 Houston-Louisville, 2:00 (CBS) N.C. St.-Duke, 2:00 (ESPN) Kentucky-Miss. St., 4:00 (SEC) Auburn-Florida, 7:00, (ESPN) Brigham Young-UAB. 9:00 (ESPN)
7 Purdue-Michigan, 2:00 (ABC) Noire Dame-Duke, 3:30 (NBC)	8 Connecticut-Providence, 7:30 (ESPN) Wisconsin-Minnesota, 9:30 (ESPN)	9	10 Syracuse-Pitt, 8:00 (ESPN) Bradley-DePaul, 8:30 (WGN) Villanova-Temple. 9:00 (USA) Tennessee-Vanderbilt, 10:00 (ESPN)	11 UNCC-UAB, 7:00 (ESPN) N.C St.-No. Carolina, 9:00 (ESPN) UCLAUSC 11:00 (ESPN)	12 Eastern-Middle Tennnessee. midnight (ESPN)	13 Alabama-Kentucky, 1:00 (SEC) Syracuse-Georgetown, 2:00 (CBS) Louisville-N.C. St., 3:00 (NBC) Georgia-Auburn, TBA (SEC) Tennessee-LSU, 7:00 (ESPN) Duke-Maryland, 9:00 (ESPN)
14 UCLA-Notre Dame. 1:00 (NBC) No. Carolina-Virginia, 4:00 (ESPN)	15 Villanova-Georgetown, 7:30 (ESPN) Florida-Miami (Fla.), 8:00 (USA) Purdue-Iowa. 9:30 (ESPN)	16	17 Kentucky-Tennessee, 8:00 (SEC) St. John's-Syracuse, 8:00 (ESPN) Missouri-Iowa St., 10:00 (ESPN)	18 Kansas-Kansas St., 7:00 (ESPN) Dayton-Notre Dame, TBA (USA.WGN) N.C. St.-Clemson, 9:00 (ESPN)	19	20 Maryland-No. Carolina, 2:00 (ESPN) Kentucky-Florida, 2:30 (NBC) Duke-Kansas. 4:00 (CBS) LSU-Alabama, 1:00 (SEC) Miss. St.-Ole Miss, 7:00 (ESPN) Georgia Tech-N.C. St., 9:00 (ESPN)
21 Temple-No. Carolina. 1:00 (CBS) Indiana-Purdue, 1:30 (CBs)	22 Creighton-Notre Dame, 7:30 (WGN) Pitt-Seton Hall. 7:30 (ESPN) Michigan St.-Michigan, 9:30 (ESPN	23 Temple-West Virginia. 9:00 (USA)	24 Kansas-Oklahoma. 7:00 (ESPN) LSU-Kentucky, 8:00 (SEC) Georgetown-St. John's. 9:00 (ESPN)	25 Syracuse-Providence, 7:00 (ESPN) Virginia-Georgia Tech, 9:00 (ESPN) Tulsa-Bradley, 9:00 (USA) Oregon-Stanford, 11:30 (ESPN)	26 UTEP-New Mexico, midnight (ESPN)	27 N.C. St.-Virginia, 4:00 (ESPN) Auburn-Alabama, 4:00 (SEC) Vanderbilt-Nolre Dame, 7:00 (ESPN) Jacksonville-Western, 9:00 (ESPN) Middle Tennesee-Austin Peay, midnight (ESPN)
28 Syracuse-Kentucky, 2:30 (CBS) Duke-Georgia Tech, 1:00 (NBC)	29 Providence-Georgetown, 7:30(ESPN Illinois-Indiana, 9:30 (ESPN)					
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		1 DePaul-Dayton, 9:00 USA	2 Seton Hall-Pitt, 7:00 (ESPN) Georgia-Kentucky, 8:00 (SEC) No. Carolina-Ga. Tech, 9:00 (ESPN)	3 Oklahoma-Missouri, 7:00 (ESPN) Maryland-N.C. St., 9:00 (ESPN) Arkansas-Houston, 9:00 (USA)	4	5 Marquette-Notre Dame, 2:00 WGN) Louisville-DePaul, 2:30 (NBC) Tennessee-Georgia. 4:00 ISEC) MVC Tourney 1st Rd. TBA (ESPN)
6 Pitt-Syracuse, noon (CBS) No. Carolina-Duke. 1:00 (NBC) LSU-Florida or Iowa-Illinois. Southern Conl. Final, 7:30 (ESPN) Am. So. Conf. Final, 9:30 (ESPN)	7 Hardin-Simmons-Nolre Dame, Sun Belt Final, 7:30 (ESPN) Metro Atlantic Final, TBA (ESPN) WCAC Final. 11:30 (ESPN)	8 ECC Tourney Final, 7:30 (ESPN) MVC Final, 9:30 (ESPN)	9 Purdue-Ohio St. or Michigan-Illinois 9:00 (ESPN) Miami (Fla.)-Dayton, 9:00 (USA) Atlantic 10 Final, 7:00 (ESPN)	10 SEC Tourney 1st Rd, 8:00 (SEC) ECAC Metro Final, 7:30 (ESPN) Pac-10 1st Rd., midnight (ESPN)	11 SEC Tourney 2nd Rd, 1:00, 3:00, 8:00, 10:00 (SEC) ACC 1st Rd, noon, 7:00,9:00 (ESPN) Pac-10 Quarterfinals, 1:00, 4:00, midnight (ESPN)	12 ECAC No. Final, 11:30 a-m. (ESPN) SEC Semis. 1:30 & 4:00 (SEC) ACC Semis, 1:30 & 3:30 (ESPN) WAC Final, 10:00 (ESPN)
13 ACC Final. 1:00 (NBC) SEC Final, 2:00 (ABC) Metro or SWC Final. 4:00 (ESPN) Pac-10 or Big 8 Final. 4:00 (ABC)	NOTE: All times are Eastern and p.m. unless otherwise noted, 'delayed broadcast; TBA-To Be Announced. UK games listed in bold type.					
Meet The Press
Sutton Says Lock Has Improved More Than Any Other Player He's Coached; Likes Davender-Chapman Duo As College Basketball's Best Backcourt
By Nick Nicholas
By defeating Indiana, coupled with Vandcrbilt's upset of No. I North Carolina, Eddie Sutton's ballclub was left in sole possession of the No. 1 spot, college basketball's version of King Of The Mountain. For at least a week anyway.
Prior to the No. 1-ranked Wildcats' showdown with Denny Crum's Louisville Cardinals. Sutton talked about his upcoming opponent, possibly the best backcourt in the nation, an improved center and other topics of interest. As you may be wondering, yes, here are some leftover tidbits from Sutton's Dec. 8 press conference which will fill your hunger for the roundball sport.
Vandy's At It Again: C. M Newton's Vanderbilt Commodores may not be giant killers in the SEC, but for the second time since last season the boys down in Nashville have knocked off the nation's No. 1 squad. Just last week. North Carolina put its No. 1 ranking on the line when it met the 'Dores in Nashville's Memorial Gym. Vandy turned in perhaps the biggest upset of this brief campaign with a 78-76 conquest over Dean Smith's team.
To refresh your memory, it was last season when the Commodores shocked No. 1 and eventual national champion Indiana in Music City.
"As I mentioned at the Southeastern Conference Media Days in Atlanta, I believe it (SEC) from top-to-bottom is the best conference in college basketball," said Sutton. "It is this year. I thought last year, that perhaps it was the best. The only other leagues that can challenge the SEC would be the Big Ten, the Big East and the ACC.
"Last year Vanderbilt certainly represented the SEC well and probably had the most prestigious wins in the leagueoutside of conference play."
Besides beating Indiana, other noteworthy non-SEC opponents which fell victim to Vandy last season were: Notre Dame, Kansas State, New Mexico and Missouri, along with NIT wins over Florida State and Jacksonville.
"Anytime we beat an Indiana or Vanderbilt beats a North Carolina, it does nothing but bring prestige to our league," Sutton went on to add. "That's why I alwa