The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 29, 1983, Image 12

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    Page 12/The Battalion/Tuesday, March 29, 1983
UT’s Carey, UH’s Lewis
named athletes of week
United Press International
DALLAS — Texas swimmer
Rick Carey and Houston jum
per-hurdler Carol Lewis were
selected the Southwest Confer
ence male and female athletes of
the week Monday by a vote of
the nine SWC schools.
Carey, a sophomore from Mt.
Kisco, New York, set American
and U.S. Open records in the
100- and 200-yard backstroke at
last weekend’s NCAA Swim
ming and Diving Champion
ships at Indianapolis, Ind.
Entering the meet owning
the American record in the 200
back, Carey shaved fourteen-
hundreths of a second off that
previous best and captured the
U.S. Open record as well with a
1:45.21 in that event. In the 100
backstroke on Friday, the Lon
ghorn sophomore regained the
American record with a 48.25,
Five hundreths of a second bet
ter than Stanford’s Dave Bot
tom’s mark set in the preliminar
ies earlier that same day.
Carey also came in fourth in
the 200 butterfly and totaled 43
points to help Texas to a third-
place finish.
Lewis, a sophomore for
Houston, won the high jump,
long jump and the 100 meter
hurdles at UH’s triangular meet
with Arizona State and Oklaho
ma Saturday.
“Future of the Western Alliance”
8 p.m., April 4
Rudder Auditorium
MSC Box Office Students — $6, $8, $10
SWC’s dominance still
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overlooked by writers
Listen carefully.
When the wind is blowing just right
and you really listen carefully, you can
hear the ever-so-slight sounds of Eastern
sports writers doing what they’ve had to
do a lot of lately — “munch, munch,
The sound you’re hearing is the
hoarde. of so-called “experts” doing their
best Pac-Man imitation while eating their
words. It’s a sound similar to the sound a
goat makes when he eats trash. And in a
sense, that’s exactly what the Eastern wri
ters are doing.
By now everyone knows that the
Houston basketball team has proven that
the Southwest Conference is more than
just an “also-ran” in basketball. The
Coogs have romped all over the NCAA
tournament field the same way they
romped all over the teams in the SWC.
Take that, A1 McGuire.
The big brothers of Phi Slama Jama
are only two victories away from a nation
al title and are without a doubt the most
talented team in the country. But Hous
ton’s successes on the hardwood are only
added luxuries to the athletically super
ior Southwest Conference.
Every year, preseason national polls
pick Eastern teams to win the national
title in all the major sports. And every
year SWC teams wind up at or near the
top at the end of the season.
The 1982-83 season has been no ex
Almost every preseason poll said the
Pitt Panthers would be national football
champs while SMU and Arkansas would
slug their way through the “weak” South
west Conference and fold in bowl play.
Wrong Dan Marino breath.
way to the SWC title, but no less
three other teams — Arkansas, Tea
A&M and Rice — have proved thatthe
won’t roll over in front of the Horn
There’s no doubt other conferem
field strong teams in all sports, butnt
single conf erence has the parity, stren[
and versatility of the Southwest Confo
And that goes lor women’s sports ami :am,whi
"We ha
far ash;
SMU had the best record in Division I
football, including a Cotton Bowl win
over, ironically, Pittsburgh. But the Mus
tangs found themselves No. 2 at the end
of the season behind Penn State.
If you’re wondering how that hap
pened, take a quick look at any U.S. map
and try to Find what coast Pennsylvania is
And to prove that SMU wasn’t the only
strong conference team, Texas and
Arkansas also fought their way into the
Top 20.
Baseball is another sport that proves
the SWC’s athletic supremacy.
Texas was rightfully chosen as the No.
1 team in the country in all the preseason
polls and all signs are that the Horns will
get another bid to Omaha, Neb. and the
College World Series. But the Lon
ghorns probably will play their toughest
games during conference play.
The Houston Cougars may Ik* the big
gest hurdle Texas w’ill have tojump on its
minor sports too.
In volleyball, Texas A&M and Tea
gave the “superior” west coast teamst esaid.w
they could handle while fighting thei' m Yates
way to the NCAA post-season toura
menu And at the NCAA swimmiiij
championships, SMU finished seconi iashmere
overall, Texas wound up in third ani aid. “We
three other SWC teams placed individui
swimmers on the all-America team,
In tennis and golf, the SWCisfa poin
becoming a powerhouse from toptoba eaten an
tom, with four tennis teams in the Top!!
and three golf teams fighting theimyi ^nt and
uys knu
the national championship.
In the past, when most peoplethoujis aat gave
of the Southwest Conference, tha ence wh
thoughts centered around football, I* erteam
more and more people are recognizit
that the SWC is strong in all spent
Perhaps the conference still lacksresptti liserably
when it comes to sports writers, but
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different song.
SMU already
Finished second in Ik
count r\ in football, Houston should fit l r own sa
ish first in basketball and Texas or Hon
ton should Finish First at the Collej lothing
World Series — not bad for a bunch
laid-back country folks
C UASS OF ’q 6
Now Available
Wednesday, March 30 — Friday, April 1
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fans love Wolfpack success
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United Press International
RALEIGH, N.C. — North
Carolina State will make its third
appearance in the NCAA bas
ketball Finals Saturday and ex
citement at the university cam
pus and among fans around the
state has reached an unpre
cedented fever pitch.
The Wolfpack finished third
in 1950 and won the title in
1974, but a university spokes
man said Monday that the mood
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on campus this year exceeds that
of even the national champion
“In 1974 it was more of an
expected thing,” said Jim
Pomeranz, the Wolfpack’s dire
ctor of publications and sports
editor of the student newspaper
in 1974. “The atmosphere is
electric. It’s been a continuous
party since the ACC tourna
The games seem to have been
purposefully designed to gener
ate excitment. North Carolina
State has come from behind in
all but one of its past seven
games, and two of the victories
were in overtime.
Squad members attended
their first classes since early
March, when the Wolfpack be
gan the streak of victories that
match it against Georgia in the
championship semifinals in
Albuquerque, N.M. Coach Jim
Valvano concentrated on paper
work and assistant coach Tom
Abatemarco prepared his re
cruiting schedule.
But Wolfpack fans weren’t
about to take a break from the
delirium that has swept the land-
grant college since North Caroli
na State won the Atlantic Coast
Conference tournament.
The student body held a pep
rally Monday afternoon, while
at the Wolfpack Club-Ni
Carolina State’s booster gz 0 ints in
— five telephones were riij
constantly with calls fromj
pit* asking about charterlli ling,” hi
to New Mexico.
Pomeranz said he believe
citement is greater this yei
cause, “A lot of
saying ‘Aren’t you going A^g pl
board with your partving.'A t h e st
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Pomeranz noted the I ^Biya
team of David Thompson,!
Burleson, Tim Stoddard
Monte Towe had lost just
game in two years.
it’s something that doesn't
pen every year for us.”
“A lot
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Lewis says press not
likely to be problem^]
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Spring Senior
Induction Banquets
United Press International
The power of the press? Cuy
Lewis just smiles at the thought.
“We haven’t been bothered
by the press all year,” the Hous
ton coach says.
No, Lewis isn’t referring to
the media. He means a fullcourt
press, something No. 2 Louisvil
le is expected to throw at the
top-ranked Cougars when the
two teams meet in an NCAA
tournament semifinal game
Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.
“You press us and we’ll get it
down the court and stuff it on
you,” Lewis said. “I told the guys
if they pressed us, we were going
to take it to the basket.”
Houston, 30-2, showed in last
Sunday’s regional final what
Lewis means. Villanova came
out with a press to start the
second half and Houston built
up an insurmountable lead.
One big problem for Louisvil
le, 32-3, will be to forget about
last Saturday’s highly emotional
80-68 overtime victory over
Kentucky in the first meeting
between the schools in 24 years.
Cardinal coach Denny Crum
pointed out that his team will
have almost a week to calm down
and prepare for the Cougars.
“The pressure’s on Houston,”
he said. “They were No. 1-
ranked and they’re supposed to
win. When you’re men
ready and you’ve got theal
you play well.
“It’s going to comedo®
who plays best. We’re goioj
there to play our game.
good enough we’ll get bti«| eisher
but that’s nothing tobeashai
of. We just need to 3 -
game we do.”
'Utby N;
Houston, although app iation p
mg in the Final Four fot
second year in a row, has
one senior in the starting to
6-foot-9-inch Larry
n unclis
ector of
The big man for the Coup iation, r
7-foot Akeeni Abdul <
Monday Tuesday, April 4 5, 1983
6:30 p.m.
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tary tickets will be available Mar. 29, 30, Sr 31 in the
lobby of the Forsyth Alumni Center. This is your invita
tion to attend the formal induction of all Class of '83
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