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THE WEEK (Feb. 21-27)
Roger Jackson
March 07, 1983
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March 07, 1983

The Week (feb. 21-27)

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1. VIRGINIA (23-3)


2. UCLA (21-3)


3. LOUISVILLE (24-3)


4. HOUSTON (23-2)


5. VILLANOVA (21-4)


6. ST. JOHN'S (23-4)


7. UNLV (24-2)




9. ARKANSAS (24-1)


10. KENTUCKY (20-5)


11. N. CAROLINA (23-6)


12. MISSOURI (22-6)


13. INDIANA (20-5)


14. GEORGETOWN (19-7)


15. VA. C'WEALTH (22-5)


16. OHIO STATE (18-7)


17. MEMPHIS STATE (19-5)





20. BOSTON COLL. (20-5)

* Last week


After watching senior Guard Greg Jones burn Nevada-Las Vegas for 32 points and seven rebounds in leading West Virginia to an 87-78 win over the Runnin' Rebels in Morgantown, Coach Jerry Tarkanian said, "I didn't think he was that kind of player." Jones hit 12 of 21 from the floor, including five of 10 three-pointers, to send the Rebels to their second straight upset loss. "When you try to play a full-court game with Jones," said Mountaineer Coach Gale Catlett afterward, "you're crazy."

Not crazy, says Tarkanian. "We're sick," he said. "Danny [Tarkanian] has bronchitis, John Copeland got the flu, and they think Jeff Collins suffered a concussion out there." The Rebels also played their second consecutive road game without freshman Power Forward Eldridge Hudson, who suffered a knee injury two weeks ago.

Before ACC co-leader Virginia traveled to play at last-place Clemson, Cavalier Coach Terry Holland said, "We've been trying not to get ourselves caught up in a conference stretch run like we did last year. We're not conceding the league championship, but we're looking toward the end of the year, toward the NCAAs."

Clemson, which lost 85-83 in overtime after leading Virginia for most of the second half, nearly caught the Cavs gazing too far down the road. The Tigers hit 12 of 18 shots from three-point range in regulation time and forced the game into OT when freshman Anthony Jenkins sank a pair of free throws with one second left. But Virginia's Othell Wilson, who cost the Cavs a victory in regulation by inexplicably fouling Jenkins, redeemed himself with two seconds left in OT by hitting the winner, a 12-foot jumper. Virginia returned to the fast lane on Sunday by whipping North Carolina State 86-75.

North Carolina snapped a three-game losing streak and kept pace with the Cavaliers in the ACC by going "back to the fundamentals," as Tar Heel Guard Michael Jordan put it. Carolina routed Wake Forest in Chapel Hill 100-85, shooting 62.1% from the floor, and then breezed past Clemson 93-80 on Sunday. Jordan scored 43 points in the two victories, while Sam Perkins got 41 points and 26 rebounds.

After senior Center John Pinone hit a 20-foot jumper at the buzzer to give Villanova a 71-70 overtime victory over St. John's at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, losing Coach Lou Carnesecca told reporters, "This was one you guys should have paid to see." Looie then handed the postgame microphone to Pinone and said, "Enjoy this, John. This one you'll remember for a lifetime." Pinone will, but the Redmen's Chris Mullin might like to forget it. After hitting the first of two free throws that gave St. John's a 70-69 lead with seven seconds left in OT, Mullin, going for his 1,000th career point, missed and the ball bounced into Pinone's hands. Pinone whipped an outlet pass to Guard Stewart Granger, who darted to the right and looped a pass back to Pinone outside the key. Pinone's buzzer beater guaranteed the Wildcats at least a tie for the Big East regular-season title. Earlier, Villanova clinched the mythical Big Five championship with a 70-62 triumph over archrival St. Joseph's, while Billy Goodwin's 24 points and Mullin's 19 gave St. John's an 85-69 home-court victory over Syracuse.

Because someone stole Patrick Ewing's jersey the day before Georgetown's Big East game with Seton Hall in the New Jersey Meadowlands, he was forced to wear No. 50 instead of his familiar No. 33. But Ewing still had the Pirates' number, scoring 16 points and making seven steals in a 71-60 Hoya victory. Earlier, Georgetown pounded hapless Providence 86-62, with Ewing getting 28 points and seven rebounds.

Boston College moved into third place in the Big East, a half game behind St. John's, with an 86-80 victory over Connecticut and then went to Pittsburgh and clobbered the Panthers 70-52.


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