St. Joseph's No. 1 (Scouting Reports, Dec. 6)?
In Philadelphia's infamous Palestra, St. Joe's may be No. 1, but certainly not in the country as a whole. Beating the Hawks in that hard-court snake pit is like running up Mt. Everest barefooted. But get them out of the Palestra and they're mediocre.
THOMAS D. LIPS
If they are not playing eastern powerhouses like Fairfield, Albright and Lafayette, St. Joseph's can't win across the street from the sheltered Palestra. They will continue to overwhelm such teams all season. However, come the NCAA finals in March, the story will be the same as it is year after year after year: the East a loser again.
MAVOR R. HEDBERG
Highland Park, Ill.
Thanks for selecting St. Joseph's College as No. 1. St. Joe's in recent years has been one of the most spirited colleges in the nation, especially at the Palestra, the home of the Big Five. I'm sure that your selection of St. Joseph's will increase the enthusiasm of both the players and the fans even more.
I feel it is my obligation to inform you of how greatly you erred.
Van Nuys, Calif.
To anyone reviewing your top 20 basketball ratings it is plain to see it took two "experts" to do the rating, the one who held the hat and the one who drew the names from it. Minnesota must have been stuck in the hatband.
How could you possibly leave out Minnesota? Both the Associated Press and United Press International have them rated in the top 10, but you don't even mention them.
E. N. BALE
The University of Dayton finished with a 22-7 record and a bid to the NCAA tournament from the tough midwestern district. The Flyers have lost only one player from that squad, and you didn't even rate them.
STEPHEN J. STEINER
St. John's not in the top 20? You've got to be kidding!
Middle Village, N.Y.
You can't please 'em all, that's for sure, but how can you leave out the schools in Utah, the basketball capital of the West? By season's end Brigham Young University and Utah may both be in the top 20—especially BYU, already averaging 100-plus points per game.