The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 08, 1983, Image 11

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Texas A&M The Battalion Sports February 8, 1983/Page 11 i Ion lent tS:A t on on. nem (at? JGI- turn held p.m. ill be 1607 EN- 'due- Kane ice at : wel- V H. ipeak VMS SSO- o de- idder Data ill be schc- tibcrs Bible m. at OF d in a ;onald istory e any ne at -om7 -omS t> per Presence of Houston’s Drexler dictates many ‘court’ decisions hey call him “Clyde the Glide” around the U niversi- tyiof Houston campus. Professional basketball scouts pencil “great NBA material” into their notebooks in reference to his skills. And folks who are just plain old fatjs say he’s the most talented athlete in college basket- Meet Clyde Drexler, the Houston Cougars’ stud of ■dsand the president of their elite “Phi Slammajam- ma" fraternity. iHe’s the kind of guy you look at and decide to call Mr. Dnrvler instead of Clyde. The Cougars’ No. 1 jammin’ S ent doesn’t care if you call him Clyde or Mr. Drexler, It he’s courteous enough to give you all the respect in the world — even if you’re a total stranger, f But when he’s on the basketball court, Mr. Drexler jons a red and white robe and becomes one of several presidingjudges. This court of law doesn’t need jurors, nclvever, since most of the verdicts are cut-and-dried; thai is, they’re decided upon before the opening tip. Ibrexler, Michael Young, Larry Micheaux and Akeem Abdul Olajuwon form a multi-judge panel that rats its defendants with no mercy and no respect. In Saturday’s hearing with the Texas Aggies, the terdict wasn’t handed down until the second half. But then these judges decided to put an end to the Aggies’ Mieback, they did so without warning. IThe Cougars have been doing that to many of their ipponents. The Aggies just happened to be the latest in i long line of defendants who didn’t have a chance gainst a no-mercy group of judges. ■ But back to Mr. Drexler. Most people don’t call him Your Honor,” but sometimes he makes you want to call frank I. christlieb him a gentleman and a scholar. Give him a chance to speak and he’ll give you an earful. “The greatest thing about today was our hussle,” Drexler said with a smile after the Cougars finished off the Aggies, 86-66, in G. Rollie White Coliseum. “Hussle makes the team. Hussle is contagious. When you hussle, you win ballgames.” While nearby teammates laughed it up, Drexler smiled from ear to ear, obviously pleased with himself and his brief moment of literary license. “I think we’ll get better and better as the season progresses,” the Cougars’ smooth-flying forward said. “There’s still work to be done. I hope we can keep going at this pace.” Drexler’s main task against the Aggies included guarding 6-10 forward Claude Riley, Texas A&M’s leading scorer and rebounder. At 6-7, Drexler lost some height to Riley, but he says quickness made up for those inches. “Everywhere he went,” Drexler said, “I went, watch ing the ball, whether he went right or left. I’m quicker than him, so I was able to keep up with him. The Aggies were trying to force it inside, but they couldn’t do it. We just didn’t want them to have their way inside with us.” Drexler, who faked in about four different directions and snaked his way to an impressive layup to make the score 52-40 with 13:43 left in the game, said the shot didn’t come easy. “I had to do a lot of twisting and turning to get free,” he said, “but I’ve made that shot before. That’s the kind of shot you make in practice, but not too often in a game. “We’ve got an awesome team. Whenever we play with this much intensity, we’re hard to beat. The Aggies have a good team, but their inside game just can’t match ours — that’s the key.” Now that the Cougars have a 9-0 record in the South west Conference, Drexler said, it’s time to get the play ers in line for the countdown to the league tournament — and whatever may lie ahead. It’s up to him and his fellow upperclassmen — Micheaux and Young — to perform that task, Drexler said. “We as the ‘senior’ members of the team aren’t going to let everybody get cocky,” Drexler said with a grin. “It’s up to the older members of the team to keep everbody straight.” And with Mr. Clyde Drexler at the helm, it shouldn’t be difficult to keep the wheels moving in the right direction. firginia, Villanova next on schedule No. 1 Tar Heels face tough road [I United Press International |NEW YORK — North Caroli- la may find life at the top of dlege basketball’s ratings to be i bit precarious before next donday rolls around. ■he Tar Heels hung on to the op spot Monday in the weekly Jijited Press International’s loard of Coaches ratings, but oust face two of the toughest :anison their schedule within a pate of four days. ■North Carolina, 20-3, and tinner of 17 consecutive games, (lays host to No. 2 Virginia at Chapel Hill Thursday night and entertains No. 14 Villanova Sun day on national television. North Carolina was far from a unanimous choice for No. 1 in this week’s ratings but held a comfortable lead over Virginia. The Tar Heels received 26 first- place votes and 585 points from the 41 members of the coaches board who participated in this week’s ratings, to outdistance Virginia by 35 points. Virginia, 19-2, received six first-place votes and 550 points to retain the No. 2 spot and un beaten Nevada-Las Vegas, 20-0, got eight first-place votes and 498 points to hold on to the No. 3 spot. Indiana, UCLA, Houston and Missouri each moved up two places from last week. In diana, 17-2, climbed to No. 4 af ter turning back two Big Ten Conference foes last week; UCLA, 16-2, advanced to No. 5 after downing two Pacific-10 Conference rivals; Houston, 18- 2, moved up to No. 6 after beat ing two Southwest Conference opponents and Missouri, 18-3, jumped to No. 8 after defeating a pair of Big Eight Conference foes. The Cougars received one first-place vote. St.John’s, 19-2, split a pair of games during the week and dropped three places to No. 7 and Memphis State, 17-2, fell five places to No. 10 after split ting a pair of games. Arkansas, 18-1, remained in the No. 9 posi tion. Heading the second 10 was Louisville, 18-3, which won two games during the week to adv ance one place. Kentucky, 14-5, Georgetown, 15-5, and Minne sota, 14-4, each advanced three places despite splitting a pair of games during the week. Ken tucky moved from No. 15 to No. 12; Georgetown climbed from No. 16 to No. 13, and Minnesota advanced from No. 18 to No. 15. Illinois State, 17-2, won two of three outings during the week but dropped two places to No. 16, in a tie with Syracuse, 15-4, which returned to the top 20 af ter a one-week absence. staff photo by David Fisher A sure-bet two points Aggie guard Reggie Roberts dunks the ball during his team’s victory over the Texas Longhorns earlier in the season. The Aggies, who lost to Houston 86-66 Saturday in G. 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