A CUT ABOVE: With nine of his players already sporting flat-top hairdos marking their advancement to the NCAA Tournament, BYU Coach Roger Reid has reportedly promised to sport similar style if his team beats Virginia and Arizona. If that doesn't cause Utah fans to cheer for the Cougars, nothing will.
FAMOUS FLASHES: Although St. Francis (Pa.) bowed out of the NCAA tournament with Thursday's loss to Arizona, Red Flash seniors Joe Anderson and Mike Iuzzolino were able to erase the legendary name of Maurice Stokes from two major school records.With 29 points against the Wildcats, Anderson, a forward, ended his St. Francis career with 2,300 points, 18 more than Stokes, who played for St. Francis from 1952 through 1955. Iuzzolino had 20 points to finish with 771 for the season, 11 points higher than the previous record of 760 set by Stokes in 1955.
In addition, with a win over Fordham to qualify for the NCAA tournament, St. Francis won a school-record 24 games, eclipsing the old mark of 23, set by Stokes' team in 1952.
MISTAKEN IDENTITY DEPT.: After BYU's 61-48 win over Virginia, Cavaliers forward Bryant Stith said, "Shawn Bradley was a factor out there. He didn't block that many shots, but he made us alter a lot of our shots."
Bradley had an NCAA tournament record 10 blocks for the game.
WAC'S NCAA WOES: WAC teams went 1-for-2 on opening day of NCAA play. New Mexico lost to Oklahoma State in the first round of the East Regional at College Park, Md., while BYU defeated the Cavaliers.
Overall in NCAA history, the record for WAC teams stands at 33-52. BYU's record is now 7-13 overall as a WAC member, and 10-17 in its history; New Mexico is 2-5 overall.
BRADLEY VS. BRAWN: Looking ahead to Saturday's matchup against BYU's Bradley, Arizona Coach Lute Olson spoke of his team's brawn.
"We're not 7-foot-6, but we are 245 at all three of our inside positions," Olson said. "I think we'll have to use our physical condition to counter his size."
BALANCING ACT: Olson let media members unfamiliar with the Wildcats' prowess in the Pac-10 know that Arizona can hurt teams from the perimeter as well as with its large, mobile frontline. In the final Pac-10 statistics (18 games) guard Khalid Reeves led the conference in 3-point shooting while teammate and guard Matt Muehlebach finished second. Added Olson, "and I think Matt Othick (who sank 5 of 7 three-pointers against St. Francis) is better than either of them."
SAY `SO LONG' AGAIN: Early exits from the NCAA are getting to be a habit for New Mexico State and Neil McCarthy.
The Aggies have now lost five straight games dating back to 1970 when they went to the Final Four and won the now-defunct consolation game.
As for McCarthy, his NCAA mark fell to 1-6. Ironically, his only NCAA victory was with Weber State in 1979 against New Mexico State.
TV OR NOT TV: Local fans were frustrated by the lack of television coverage of the BYU-Virginia game because of the NCAA blackout rule for non-sellouts. They had to wait until nearly 11:30 p.m. to see the replay of the Cougars' 61-48 upset on KSL.
But strangely, the blackout rule wasn't in effect earlier in the day. The Seton Hall-Pepperdine game from the Huntsman Center was shown live locally until the Pirates got such a big lead, the network switched to the North Carolina State-Southern Mississippi game.
BOARD MEETING: When Seton Hall practiced today, one area of concern was to be rebounding. The Pirates were outrebounded 30-24 by Pepperdine, despite Thursday's 71-51 victory.
"We were never able to get a handle on them on the boards. They outquicked us," said Pirate Coach P.J. Carlesimo.
On offensive boards, Pepperdine held a 13-5 advantage, and for the first half, the Waves outbounded Seton Hall 23-14.
Pepperdine's 6-foot-6 freshman Dana Jones was the game's best rebounder with nine, a slender man who sliced inside. Junior center Geoff Lear added seven rebounds. Seton Hall's top rebounders were Gordon Winchester, Arturas Karnishovas, Anthony Avent and Terry Dehere with four each.
HALL OF YOUTH: Since Seton Hall was the 1989 NCAA runner-up to Michigan by one point in overtime, the Pirates are given good odds for advancement. "A lot more teams in this country are a lot more likely to be Final Four teams," says Carlesimo, who starts two seniors, a junior, a sophomore and a freshman and has no one older than a sophomore to come off the bench.
Thursday's most productive lineup was two freshmen (Arturas Karnishovas, Bryan Caver), two sophomores (Terry Dehere and Jerry Walker) and a junior (Gordon Winchester) when senior Anthony Avent left with four fouls and senior Big East Tournament MVP Oliver Taylor was struggling.
"That's the team that opened the game up," said Carlesimo. "We are young, and I would like to be more experienced," he said, "but I like the talent we have, and when the talent's experienced, we're going to be even better."
MISSING CHRISTIE: No question Pepperdine would have been a better match had it had versatile 6-foot-6 guard Doug Christie, the West Coast Conference MVP who had knee surgery last week. Dehere, 6-4, was able to shoot over the Waves' 5-9, 6-0 guardline for 26 points. "Doug is a great athlete and a very multi-dimensional player," said Pepperdine Coach Tom Asbury. "But whether or not he makes a difference in the eventual outcome is hard to say. Twenty points? I don't know."