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It's hard to figure out if SI has a grudge against Lefty Driesell, the University of Maryland, or both (A Lesson for the Preacher Man, Jan. 22). In the last year you have had several articles about the Terps, none of them exactly full of praise. In the issue of Jan. 3, 1972 you presented a piece ridiculing Driesell's speech patterns and Maryland's court misfortunes. Yet when the Terps won the NIT there was only a small article. And now that Maryland has lost by two points to a superb North Carolina State team in the most exciting game of the entire season, Barry McDermott has chosen to belittle Driesell before casually mentioning what transpired. I suppose I should be thankful, though. Had Maryland won I probably would have had to search for hours before realizing the report was nowhere to be found.
New Carrollton, Md.

As much as I admire Lefty Driesell and his fabulous team, I enjoyed Barry McDermott's critical and often cynical article. Lefty has a group of freewheeling players with more talent than any squad he has ever coached. He is learning to mix control with a free-lance offense without cutting into its spirit or aggressiveness.

Barry is right, the Preacher Man has uncounted nasties rooting against him. But St. Louis (site of the NCAA finals) had better be prepared for him and his boys.
Bethesda, Md.

Thanks. It's about time North Carolina State received recognition. You might inform Lefty Driesell that there is a new "UCLA of the East"—in Raleigh, N.C.
Greeley, Colo.

Concerning your article on the Chicago Black Hawks (Big Little Guy in Chi, Jan. 15), I never thought much of Keith Magnuson as a fighter, but lately he has exhibited some tendencies toward developing into a very good defenseman, without the use of his fists. I don't know what his efficiency rating is this year, but he seems to be spending fewer hours in the penalty boxes of the NHL. You did Maggie an injustice. Keith may have "forgotten how to hit people," but I think he has improved because of his bad memory.

If Abdul-Jabbar is the Kareem of the crop in professional basketball, then Doug Collins surely must be the Pick of college basketball. Curry Kirkpatrick's article (Ol' Pick and a Lot of Slick Comin' On, Jan. 15) was welcome recognition of a truly super ballplayer. We in central Illinois have appreciated Doug's ability to move a team—and in fact a whole community—for the past few years. His ill-fated Olympic heroics represented for us an instant replay of a style shown on numerous occasions. Perhaps it is being a bit naive to characterize Doug as a typical local boy just beginning to see what the world has to offer. In addition to his own experiences and irrespective of what others perceive, Illinois State's campus is not without cosmopolitan influences even though it is located "alongside the railroad tracks."

By the way, if Dwight Lamar is the self-proclaimed "best shooter in college basketball," how is it that Collins handled him easily in a shooting exhibition recently in New York?
Normal, Ill.

Doug Collins is a great ballplayer who will surely make a fine pro. Richard Fuqua is lightning fast and can score from anywhere on the court. But there are people who have contained them. Last season Illinois State (with Collins playing the entire game) was rather soundly beaten by Murray State University. Oral Roberts was also beaten by Murray State in its only loss of the regular season, and this year Les Taylor of Murray State has held Richard Fuqua to seven points while scoring 22 in a losing (by one point) effort. Keep looking around, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. There is a lot of talent to be found.
New York City

I was both pleased and disappointed with the article. I was delighted to see that Villanova's Tom Ingelsby was mentioned but displeased by the fact that he was mentioned so briefly and compared, not to Doug Collins, but to Ted Manakus of Princeton. Manakus is a fine guard but he's just not in Ingelsby's class Tom has outshone both Manakus and South Carolina's Kevin Joyce in head-to-head battles this season. He is averaging close to 25 points per game, 50% from the floor and 80% from the foul line, and he is the Wildcats' leading rebounder.
Warminster, Pa.

I very much enjoyed Curry Kirkpatrick's story. I realize it would have been impossible for him to mention all of the fine guards in the country this year and that is why he mentioned only the top seniors. But it seems that any discussion of outstanding college guards should include George Washington's supersophomore, Pat Tallent. Pat, with a 20-point average, is leading a well-balanced GW attack that has four starters scoring in double figures. He can do it all. He handed out 58 assists in 15 games and has been instrumental in turning a perennial loser into a big winner. After 15 games this year GW had won 11 and lost only four and could be headed for the NIT. Last year the Colonials were 4-11 after 15 games.

When people start talking about "the next Jerry West," they are going to have to include Pat Tallent's name in the discussion.
Falls Church, Va.

I would like to express my appreciation for the article on Enzo Maiorca (A Breathless Plunge to Grab a Hanky, Jan. 8). Donald Stewart has brought back the true meaning of competition, which has been lost to other more glamorized sports such as pro football and baseball. The fact that Majorca's dives do not receive the attention other sports do via press and television only makes his endeavors more worthwhile to a participating audience. I hope in the future you will give people like Mr. Maiorca and their personal achievements more consideration. It surely was a fine way to bring in the New Year.

Congratulations to Enzo Maiorca for achieving his feat of free diving 78 meters down into the Mediterranean. As a scuba diver I am glad to know that it is possible to reach such depths and still survive on a human air supply.
Huntington Beach, Calif.

I sweated over Question No. 11 of Charles Goren's Christmas Quiz (It Takes a Little Finesse, Dec. 25) for almost two hours, thinking that either I was a dolt or Goren was a problem-making genius. Finally I gave up, looked at the answer and found that the opposite was true. I am the genius. If East has all six clubs, there is no way to "guarantee nine tricks."
New Hampton, N.H.

Regarding hand No. 11 in the bridge quiz, how does Charles Goren propose to "guarantee nine tricks" if the defender's clubs are split 6-0? Consider this distribution, for example:


[3 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[Queen of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[9 of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]


[King of Spades]
[Queen of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[10 of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[King of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[— of Clubs]


[Ace of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[8 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[King of Clubs]


[9 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[3 of Hearts]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[Queen of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]

Contract: 3 NT. West has overcalled in hearts and leads the 5 of hearts. How can you guarantee nine tricks?

Please explain.
Mississauga, Ontario

•Here is Goren's reply: "Congratulations to Mr. Keith and to Mr. Saunders for his careful arrangement of the opposing hands to balk any method of making three no trump once declarer has won the ace of hearts and West shows out on the lead of the club king. As for my guarantee, I can only follow the practice of the auto manufacturers and recall this Model 11 to install the 7 of clubs in North's hand instead of the 4 spot. In the tournament hand from which this problem was adapted, the fates were not so unkind as to distribute the adverse clubs 6-0 (less than a 2% chance). My mistake lay in following the blueprint instead of foolproofing its design." For those who may not recall the problem, in which only the North-South hands were given, Goren's top-score answer was to play the 4 of hearts from dummy and win with the ace, then overtake the club king with the ace in dummy and continue clubs.—ED.

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