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TELLING IT LIKE IT ftEALLY IS!.
/^Who;Vti going ip win the 39th CIAA
:®*Stwn Seaboard tMsweek. ^
Tlie guys, who are supposed to keep up
with such things, (the experts) believe
Norfolk State will capture the most coveted
title known in black college circles. They
based their opinions on the fact that Charlie
Ckflptian, who is a super guy and a great
fioach, has guided the Spartans to one of
their best seasons ever, winning 25 of 26
Encounters against everybody and ll of 12
against CIAA opponents_
• Playing one of the youngest teams in the
Conference, Christian is on a roll. He has
won the Norther Division championship and
a trip to the NCAA Division H Playoffs. The
experts are also looking at the fact that
Norfolk State has been to the well more
pftdn than any other team in the confer
ence winning the title eight times in
—aon to finishing second five times since
Christian’s magic wand has worked well
throughout an injury-plagued season.
Will it- work equally as well in- the
tournament? - , - . —
i minx not!
Basketball tournaments, expecially the
V£IAA Tournaments, have a long history for
creating , .the unexpected. Few of the
T* expected-to-win’ ’ teams have made their
"way to the championship finals.
This year’s dribble derby will be no
Z the. stakes are high.
An automatic bid in the Division II
Playoffs awaits the Spartans, along with the
^nation’s Nd. 1 rating of Division II
“ teams. We’re, talking about money, lots of
’ money fmln talevtainn appearand* for th*>
" Tidewater area school.
That brings us to the “unexpected.” You
may wanit to call it the “Upset” factor.
First of all, there is Virginia Union, the.
. nation’s fourth ranked Division II team,
with a record of 22 victories and only four
. defeats in all games and 9-3 in league play.
The Panthers, who divided their home
jp-home series with Norfolk State, is the
top choice among the teams with more than
an outside chance of knocking off the
high-flying Spartans. -
Dave Robbins is one of the best tourna
t ment coaches in the business. He has guided
his Richmond, Va., quintet to the cham
.tpionship finals two times in the past four
seasons, walking away with the tourney’s
‘‘Outstaring Coach” award in 1979 and
>• This could be his year.
‘ Robbins has done the job with two
Tteahmen, a sophomore, a junior and a
'senior in the starting lineup He has the
weapons. Coming on his best recruiting
year ever, Robbins has discovered a couple
of outstanding rookies who have muscled
their way high up the conference’s ladder of
Six-foot-five forward Greg Williams and
■; Jerry Hargrove have been
ing superstars” by league
have complemented big
fry the Panthers’ powerful
with steady performances all
and Robbins now rates this
most talented team since the
Championship squad. They
_ably find themselves in the
TaslttOBr " —-—-—
Bulls Rated Dark Horse Contenders
Pope (22 points per game,
12 rebounds per game).
Virginia Union (22-4),
behind powerful Charles
(17-5) features two superb
outside shooters in guard
Randy Franks (22 points
per game) and forward
Anthony Rogers (21.5
points per game). Winston
Salem State (15-7)* has a
balanced, veteran squad
—led by guard Troy Rus-~
sell (23 points per game).
Dark horse contenders
are two-time defending
CIAA champions Hampton
Institute (17-10) and possi
bly the Golden Bulls of J.C.
Smith (li-14) who finished
strong following an early
fr- ~ --
Sophomore point guard James Schockiey
gets set to defend against in recent
Johnson C. Smith University basketball
contest center Phil Smith (44) and
All-CIAA Roosevelt McGruder help out.
Smith drew a tough as
signment, opening against
two-time defending CIAA
champions Hampton Insti
tute. The winner then must
face Norfolk State Thurs
One thing we’ve learned
over the years is that-®
team must have a solid
defense and a half court'
offense to survive in this
tournament,” cited assist
ant coach Ike F'ullard.^
‘‘Our defense has been car
rying us this year while
we’ve been inconsistent on
Hank Ford’s Pirates also
suffered a February slump
after a strong start. Hamp
ton is led by All-CIAA
center Cedrick Miller,
whose 6’10" frame has
erased three opponents’
shots per game and al
*tared-manjt others- -.
“We are expecting an
other sell-out year,” pro
jected CftAA commissioner
Bob Moorman. “The ba
.lance in both divisions has
contributed to the excite
ment and drawing appeal "
BULL NOTES: Senior
forward Roosevelt Me
Cruder passed both James
Hester (1,460 points) and
Clarence “Fox” Barnes
(1,470 points) to claim
fourth spot on the all-time
leading JCSU scorers list.
McGruder trails Larcell
“Bleu” Oliver’s 1,616
-P0inis_fiOhird on jbejist
with 1,477 points. The
Rose’s»697 career rebounds
rank him 12th on the re
bounding list. Only li other
Bulls have collected 700
rebounds in their careers. ‘ ,
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