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We head to the WS Midwest Invitational. We are seeded #5 and will face #4 Alabama, 1-1. They have played two very close games against two mediocre opponents. They are not good with the ball.

Nov. 21: 75-71. 9 assists for Addy but he fouled out in 23 minutes. 20 for
Ruck, his best of the season. We finally got good bench play.

#1 seed, #18 ranked, 3-0 Ohio State. Balanced attack and a solid, deep line up. This will be a challenge.

Nov. 22: 86-80. A real battle and a great win. We never trailed but they stayed within reach. The officiating was worse than awful but it hurt them far more than it hurt us, 19 against us, 29 against them including two technical, one on the coach, one on the bench. We lost Long to fouls and Sand and Ruck played limited minutes, but Ohio ST lost three players, and another had 4. Ridiculous, let them players determine the outcome. I said words to that effect postgame, but the NCAA never listens, and does just about exactly nothing to improve the situation. 14, 13 for Sand, 22 for Ruck, 12, 7, 4 for Arms, 10, 6, 2 for Long, good leadership from Addy, and good bench play again. 17 TOs hurt but +15 RBs was a huge factor.

#3 seed Dayton, 3-1, beat Temple so we’ll play them in the title game. This is a good team. Their only loss was by 2 on a last second 40 footer. They do have two guys hurt, starting C, and the other gets lots of minutes.  

Nov. 23: 68-60. This was back and forth for about 35 minutes. Then, despite Addy and Ruck both being in foul trouble, we rallied. We simply kept pushing it inside and they were unable to stop us, especially since their PF and C were both in foul trouble as well. Jed Clay played very well at both PG and SG from the bench.

I feel that these close games will make us a better team. We are playing hard and doing what we need to do and that is only to the good.

Still on the road. At 1-2 Cal-Poly. This is a team we should beat but we’re tired, and we’re road weary. I know I miss MM.

Nov. 25: 57-47. Another battle. 19 lead changes, 13 ties. Finally, with about 4 ½ left, we went on a 12-0 run. Good work by all 5 starters, only 10 turnovers and exceptional defense.

Ranked #4, which is too high. RPI #12.

One more road game and it will very likely be a difficult one.



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At #16, 4-0 Georgia Tech. They haven’t played anyone. Still, they have looked very good and we are very road weary.

Nov. 29: 62-66. We faded badly in the last 7-8 minutes. It’s difficult to be too harsh given how long we’ve been on the road. We truly were beaten by fatigue. Terrible officiating did not help but it was bad both ways. I tried to play my subs more than usual but my starters were still tired and it showed.

Oh well, back home, and 5 of the next 6 are at home.

Nov. 30: It was so nice to get back home and to be with MM. While most will find it strange, as do I, that we moved in together after knowing each other for exactly 36 days, somehow it was right, and it has definitely worked out that way. We get on very well together.

Oh, MM still works at the restaurant where we met. She insists upon it. There is certainly no need financially, but she says that by earning money she feels more independent. Her graduate school is paid for by scholarship, so the money she earns is strictly for her own use. I would prefer that those twenty or so hours per week be spent on her studies or on time we two might share but I know better than to try to change her mind. Such a thing is not possible.

1-2 Memphis is here. They have played three good teams and looked good once, awful once, and not bad once.

Dec. 2: 69-57. We never trailed after the first 2-3 minutes but they stayed within range. 18, 10 for Sand, 19, 5, 3 for Ruck, 11, 8, 4 for Long. 11 TOs, +9 RBs.

Dec. 4: Ranked #5, despite the loss. RPI #3.

“I’m sorry but no, this is my home. I can do as I wish.”

“Ordinarily I would certainly agree, but in this instance there are extenuating circumstances.”

“Lee, this is my HOME!”

“MM, what you are doing is illegal. Even though I do not participate if it is happening in MY home I could lose my job- both of my jobs- if you were caught.”

“No one cares! I’m not going to get caught.”

“You don’t know that and you can’t know that.”

“Jesus, I’m the one smoking and you get the paranoia? How does that happen?”

“I’m serious. I have no objection to your using drugs. First, I haven’t seen any evidence that leads me to believe there’s any harm in it, and second, you’re an adult and you have a right to make your own decisions-”

“Exactly!”

“BUT, not in our home! That affects me, and it affects my career!”

It went on for some time and neither of us was willing to back down at all. I suppose MM has taught me to stand my ground. In any case we were unable to resolve the issue and I am greatly concerned. I honestly am a bit paranoid on this subject. I believe the police probably know who uses narcotics. Here in the greater Boston area one all but never hears of drug related arrests but should someone have a reason to ruin me, this could do it very quickly and easily. MM and I will need to come to some sort of agreement upon this issue.

We travel to 4-2 Charleston. The two decent opponents on their schedule both beat them easily.

Dec. 6: 58-52. Defense (held them to 31.1%) and rebounding (+10) were the keys. Ruck has a season high 26, Sand had 11 and 17, 12, 9 for Arms.

Dec. 8: MM and I met six months ago today. We celebrated with dinner at one of Boston’s finest restaurants. MM is not the dress up and do something fancy type but she seemed to enjoy the evening. Well, it was her idea…

Home for the next four games.

3-3 Xavier is here. They have not been competitive against good teams.

Dec. 9: 80-35. An ugly game. 9 TOs, 42 RBs. I played everyone except the manager and they all played well.

The issue of drug usage in our home is as yet unresolved. MM hasn’t used any narcotics in our home since our confrontation, at least to my knowledge, but we have come to no agreement. This issue troubles me greatly but I am not certain how to address it or even how to bring it up.



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1-4 Boston College is next. This is definitely a down year for them. I will say that they have played a strong schedule and I believe they are better than their record.

Dec. 13: 64-57. Both Addy and Sand fouled out yet again, Addy in 14 minutes, Sand in 23. Strangely enough 14 fouls were called on us and 20 on BC. We actually won the game at the line, 22-28 vs. 4-9. 26, 4, 2 for Ruck, 13, 5, 2 for Sand, 10, 5, 2 for Long. A win is a win I suppose.

5-3 Wisconsin is next. PG and SF can do some damage so we will need to stay with them.

Dec. 16: 77-58. 30, 8 for Al Ruck, 15, 6, 6 for Long, 9, 9, 2 for Arms.
#13, 8-0 Georgetown ends the home stand. They have a very good outside game. We need to contain that and win big inside.

Dec. 20: 73-41. I never expected that. We held them to 27.7%, and their big three outside shooters had only 32 points while our PG, SG and SF combined for 33. We completely dominated inside. 21, 10 for Sand, 23, 5, 3 for Ruck.

Our last pre-conference game is at #17, 8-1 Louisville. We will need to play very good defense and control the inside.

Dec. 23: 59-53. And we did what we needed to do, holding them to 36.6% and going +12 in rebounding. 15, 7, 2 for Arms at PF, 13, 8, 2 for Sand. Very good bench play from Hall and Gill.

We go to conference play with a 14-1 record, Ranked #4, RPI #1.

Dec. 26: MM and I had a great holiday. We stayed at home, exchanged gifts, some serious ones, some funny ones. We made dinner together and just had a nice time.

Jan. 1: Happy 1972. MM convinced me to try something new last night. It was… interesting. I am re-evaluating my position on certain issues.



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We begin the Ivy League schedule with 4-9 Brown here. This is a team we should beat easily.

Jan. 3: 63-41. Addy was a non-factor but our other starters all played very well. The defense and bench play were excellent and we committed only 7 turnovers.

I may not have mentioned that I have not cut my hair since early June. I never thought I would allow my hair to grow out but I must say that I rather like it this way. MM had encouraged me to let my hair grow, right from our first meeting. I am considering growing a beard. I know of no Division I coaches who wear a beard but it remains a consideration. We shall see.

We are at 6-8, 0-1 Columbia. They seem to have some talent but they are not deep.

Jan. 6: 85-46. Held them to 19 in the first half. +9 TO, +9 RB. I played everyone.

8-8, 1-1 Penn is here. Their best scorer is hurt and they do not rebound.

Jan. 10: 71-56. We never trailed. 20 each for Ruck and Long, 8 TOs. Addy played 19 minutes due to foul trouble.

At 9-7, 2-1 Cornell. They beat us at their place last year. Scoring is very balanced.

Jan. 13: 72-62. And yet again we never trailed. Foul trouble up front in this game but it didn’t have much effect. (In order to try to minimize the fouls I play 2-3 about half the time, which I would never do in real life. My D Intensity is set at 5. I can’t see making it lower than that. Another instance where the game is not properly set up. I should have foul difficulties at times with my set up but not as frequently as I do.).

We are 18-1, 4-0, ranked #5, RPI #2. Yale is tied for first at 4-0 but everyone else is at least two games back.



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At 12-5, 4-0 Yale in the battle for first place. We seem to be the better team at every position except at the Point. I feel that we’re better and if we play our game we’ll be fine.

Jan. 17: 65-55. Yale led throughout the first and for the first few minutes of the second half. The adjustments we made at halftime finally took effect and we wrested control from them building a lead of as many as 13. Addy had foul difficulties yet again. Long led us with 18, 8, 3, and strong inside play (+10 RB) helped.

3-15, 1-4 Princeton is here. They are probably the worst team in the Ivy League.

Jan. 20: 66-44. And again, we never trailed. Good play all around, 7 TOs, and no foul trouble.

At 9-10, 3-3 Dartmouth. Not an impressive team but they play well at home.

Jan. 24: 72-75. Addy fouled out in 17 minutes, Ruck in 20, and that was the story. Their first back up fouled out and the second had 3 fouls. Not sure I have an answer for this. We’re going to try giving Jed Clay more time at PG.

I’m really enjoying a great deal of the music that MM has introduced me to. Lots of rock but also folk, RB, old time blues… I am working less these days but I do not feel that I am accomplishing less. Having other interests allows me to be more focused, both when I am doing my coaching job and when I am performing my professorial chores. Life is good.



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Second time around the conference. We are at Brown. We beat them by 22 last time.

Jan. 27: 85-70. The first half was competitive all the way. At halftime we worked on stopping the outside shot. It worked and we took control. 19, 9, 5 for Sand, 19, 4, 3 for Long, 23 for Ruck. I think playing Clay and even Seir a bit more at the Point helped. Addy played 24 good minutes and fouls were not an issue, and we didn’t seem to lose much, if anything with Clay and Seir at the Point. The key to coaching basketball is to stay focused with great attention to detail- every detail. Do not be afraid to try things.

Jan. 29: As expected Len Harp did not hit the SAT score. Looking at options we decide that since we already have three PGs signed we will offer to #68 SG Deke Good. Chaz Pool, #34 C, who we’ve been chasing since July still isn’t showing a great deal of interest. We continue to pursue him though. We have a backup if need be.

Al Ruck is at #19 on the Norton list. Bay Sand is the better player but he wasn’t nominated for some reason.

We’re one game up on Yale, two on Dartmouth, three or more on everyone else. Ranked #5, RPI #4.

8-13, 2-6 Columbia is here. Beat them by 39 there.

Jan. 31: 61-44. 23 for Ruck, 14, 9, 2 for Arms, 9, 7, 2 for Long, 13 RBs for Sand. PG by committee seems to be working. Clay is a better defender than Addy and that is a bonus. He’s a little shy about taking open shots. We’re working on that.

At 10-13, 3-6 Penn. We won by 15 at home.

Feb. 3: 65-70. 18 turnovers. Addy and Clay were both pretty awful at PG. We allowed Penn to shoot 50%. Yale and Dartmouth both lost so no damage in conference. We will likely take a hit in the national rankings.

Feb. 5: That didn’t take long! Deke Good committed. Still chasing that inside player.

13-10, 6-4 Cornell is here. We won by only 10 there.

Feb. 7: 77-56. We took the lead early and held on. 25, 15, 2 for Sand, 12, 11 for Arms, 12, 5 for Hall from the bench.

Al Ruck hurt his hand. Day to day.

Only Yale can still catch us. They are one back and they’re next.



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We won by 12 at Yale. They’re 16-8, 8-3, and one back of us. We need to stop the outside shot.

Feb. 10: 86-49. We took no prisoners, scoring the first 14 points and never looking back. 9 TOs, +13 RBs. 24, 2, 2 for Ruck who was playing with a sore hand, 13, 12, 2 for Sand, 20, 3, 7 for Clay. He was hot right from the first time I put him in so I stayed with him. He played 29 minutes and Addy played 12. We took it to their strength, outside play, and beat them at their own game.

Feb. 12: Al Ruck stays at #19 on the Norton List.

We’re #4, RPI #4.

At 4-21, 2-10 Princeton. Beat them by 22 at home. They have two wins since Nov. 23, one in OT.

Feb. 14: 66-51. It was never a game. 16 and 17 for Sand but everyone played and everyone contributed.

Back home for the Ivy League finale with 12-14, 6-7 Dartmouth. They beat us by three there so we are taking this one seriously. Major foul trouble did us in last time.

Feb. 17: 80-69. 22, 11 for Sand, 25 for Ruck, 12, 4, 3 for Hall from the bench. 10 TOs.

We win the Ivy by 4 games over Yale, Brown, and Cornell.

We decide to start Clay. His numbers have been far superior to Addy’s.

Feb. 18: Last night, after the game, was party time here. We had a few friends in- MM’s friends, and we celebrated my season, their progress toward graduation (most of them are graduate students), and just life in general. Times have changed for one Leland Hart. Let me simply say that I engaged in certain  activities that it would never have occurred to me to engage in a few months ago. To be honest, regarding some of them, I was unaware that they even existed. Education is a wonderful thing! I do have a bit of a headache, but not bad considering…

Bracket Breaker versus 17-8, 13-3 Southern Illinois. They are good team but they are not nearly as good away from home, 7-8 as opposed to 10-0.
They won their conference by three games. Defense and ball handling are both questionable and we feel we can control the inside. All we need to do is execute.

Feb. 19: 75-59. 23, 5 for Long, 11, 10 for Arms. Clay did a great job at PG.

We end the regular season 27-3, ranked #3, RPI #2.



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We play Princeton first. This should be ugly.

March 3: 71-52. We scored 51 in the first half and just coasted in the second. I played everyone in order to keep my starters fresh for tomorrow, and hopefully the day after. 15, 12 for Sand, 24 for Ruck, Clay did a great job at PG.

Yale was the only other favorite to win.

16-14, 7-7 Penn in the semis. We won by 15 but then lost by 5 at their place so we’re taking this seriously. We played very poorly the night they beat us.

March 4: 73-60. 23, 14, 2 for Sand, 11, 10, 3 for Arms, 11, 6 for Long, 18 for Ruck. Clay and Addy did well from PG. 6 TOs, +17 RBs.
Last year Dartmouth came from #7 seed to reach the final. This year they came from #6 and they’re here again after beating Yale and Brown. They lost six straight immediately preceding the tourney. They beat us by 3, then we won by 11. Both reasonably close so we know we need to play hard.

March 5: 84-52. Third time’s the charm, I guess. Everyone played and everyone played well. Ruck had 29, 4, 3, Sand had 16, 11.
Now we wait for selection day. We’re ranked #2, RPI #2, so we expect a #1 seed.

March 12: Not in the East.

Not in the Midwest.

Not in the South.

# 2 in the West. Can’t believe we aren’t a #1 seed. Ranked #2, RPI #1. Makes no sense. Ok. ST got the #1 and they aren’t nearly that high in either ranking or RPI. We’ll play Mississippi Valley ST first.



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March 14: Yale loses in the NIT first round.

Miss. Valley ST is 18-12 against a very weak schedule. They won their tourney.

March 17: 67-55. It really was not as close as the final score indicates. 23, 9 for Sand, 16, 4 for Ruck, 14 for Clay.

#10 seed Colorado, 19-12, won in an upset so they’re next. They’ve been up and down all season, very unpredictable. They are much stronger outside than inside.

March 19: 69-53. Never a doubt. Solid team effort and great leadership from Clay.

Heading for the Sweet Sixteen again! 32-3, ranked #2, RPI #1 for all the good that did us.

We’ll play #13 ranked, #3 seed Arizona, 25-7. They’ve won their last six. Very good SG, decent PG. They don’t play great defense. This could be a challenge.

March 24: 71-67. 12 lead changes, 6 ties. We took control with about 8 minutes left. Despite Sand fouling out and Ruck playing with 4 we were able to hold on. 20, 7, 3 for Long, 15, 10 for Arms, 14, 4, 3 for Ruck. Clay and Addy ran the offense well.

On to the Elite Eight against #1 seed Oklahoma State, 28-8, 11th ranked, RPI #9, but seeded ahead of us. Yes, I want to win this game! They play a 1-2-2 which we haven’t seen in my years here at Harvard, but we’ve been practicing against it so hopefully that will help. Like Arizona they are stronger outside than in. They have won their last 11. We need to have a hand in the face of the outside shooters and control the inside. I feel we’re the better team.

March 26: 72-52. It was back and forth for the first 10 minutes. We then went on a 23-4 run and that was that. All five starters in double figures, 14 RBs for Sand and 11 for Arms. Clay had 1 TO in 34 minutes. A great game!

This could be our year. The three teams left are #6 Oklahoma, and they play #10 North Carolina. We play #15 Illinois. We are by far the highest ranked, highest RPI team. Rather exciting, I must say.

34-3 going to the Final Four! No #1 seeds in the Final Four, 2 #2, 1 #3, 1 #4.



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MM is here in Detroit for the Final Four and she seems both excited and pleased to be here. I was able to get her to agree that there would be no use of “substances” while we are here. She saw the wisdom in that and did not really need much convincing. If we win, when we get home…

#11 ranked (new poll), 25-7 Illinois in the round of four. They have the edge in the backcourt, we have the edge inside. It will probably come down to where the game is played, inside or out. They are very strong at home but only went 6-6 away from home. Starting SF has strained abdominals. He will play, no doubt, but how effectively? He is their second leading scorer. We need to prevent them from getting open looks outside and we need to dominate inside. I feel we are the better team, but not by a great deal.

April 1: 73-67, and we will play for the title! They led for the first 24 minutes. We took the lead with 15:44 left and held it the rest of the way.

We stopped their starters all night long but their bench hurt us for a long time, 43, 14, 4 versus our 19, 9, 2. But Sand had 12 and 15, Arms 11 and 10, Long 11, Clay 13, 3, 3. Quin Addy gave us 20 solid minutes, 8, 5, 1.

#10 ranked, North Carolina, 27-8 is our opponent. They are 12-1 in their last 13 games. They are rated as having an edge at every position except C, and we are rated as having the better bench. I actually feel we are better at SF and as good at PF and possibly at SG. They may well be the best defensive team we have faced in my years here at Harvard.

They get most of their points outside but they rebound well. I want to see how their guards handle pressure. I do not plan to press unless forced to, but I do plan to overplay the ball, especially when in the hands of the PG and SG.

On offense I want to go inside as much as possible but we will take open shots outside.

April 3: Needless to say I did not sleep much last night. This is exceedingly exciting.

86-76, Overtime. Champions!!! Lucky? Well, a little. We never led in regulation, taking it to OT when Al Ruck hit a 35 footer at the buzzer to tie the game for the first time since the very early going. Then we traded baskets for the first two minutes of OT.

At 76-76, Jed Clay was gone on fouls and Quin Addy had 4, as did Clyf Arms. NC’s Center was also gone but no one else on their team was in foul trouble. Addy brought it down, hit a three, stole a pass, hit another three. NC called time out but it was over. They missed a three, Sand got the RB, and eventually hit a 6 footer. After another miss and another Sand RB, Long hit an eight footer and that was it, a 10 point OT win and a title for Harvard.

Could anything be less likely!

19, 11, 4 for Long, 16, 11, 2 for Sand, 19, 3, 1 for Ruck, and from the bench 7, 1, 9 for Addy, 11, 6, 1 for Hall, 10, 2 for Gill. Our bench had 28, 9, 10, to 12, 6, 3, which was more than the difference.

April 4: Pandemonium in Cambridge and throughout the greater Boston area. The national media are having a field day talking about how an Ivy League school won the national title. Everybody is playing “Fight Fiercely, Harvard,” there is simply no escape from it. Yes I know, it was written as a football fight song, but that makes not one whit of difference.

Awards: Bay Sand was the Final Four MOP. I was named national Coach of the Year. In conference Bay Sand was POY, Defensive POY, and first team, along with Al Ruck, Adam Long and Clyf Arms. I was also conference Coach of the Year.

April 5: Well, not sure THAT was a good idea but last night, to bring the celebration to a whole new level, MM convinced me that it was time for me to… never mind, but it was quite a … trip! Not sure I’ll do it again though.

April 9: Stanford offers. I accept. My salary jumps from $174,000 to $770,000.

“So are you coming with me or not?”

“I don’t know. I never really thought about leaving Boston.”

“MM, I’ve been talking about this since we met. I told you if I got the right offer I’d go. And I also told you Stanford is my dream school, as far as basketball is concerned.”

“I guess I didn’t think it would happen, at least not this soon. I need to think about it.”

“I know you can’t come until the end of May when the semester ends so I guess that gives you time.”

“Do I need to find a place to live?”

“What!”

“Well, you don’t need this place anymore.”

“Jesus, MM! Did you think I was going to throw you out! I can’t believe you’re even asking this question!”

“Well I don’t know what to think!”

“First, I’ll need to go back and forth myself until the end of the semester. I can’t just bail on my graduate students. I’ll need to finish my work with them for the semester until they are transferred to other professors- after the semester ends. Second, you can stay here as long as you like. I HOPE that will mean until you move West with me.”

“Don’t pressure me!”

It went on that way for a while. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. Would I have gone if I didn’t think she would come with me? … Yes, I would have, not a doubt. Now I need to think about what that means. Life does get complicated.

April 16: I hire a staff. VERY happy with all three guys: Bud Grimm is an experienced recruiter. He was doing it as a second assistant at Cal. He’s my #1 for the next 5 years.

Len Ralph has been scouting for Oregon State for three years. We were able to give him a raise, and he felt that the chances for real success were greater here.

Fen Creek has a reputation as a rising star. He was at Weber State but clearly ready for bigger and better things. He will be my bench/practice coach. I knew all three slightly since the coaching fraternity is rather a small world. I am very pleased to say that these were the three guys I wanted. None was a second choice.

April 23: I am asking for a facilities upgrade but I do not expect to get it.

Didn’t get it but we held our B+ rating. Team prestige is 73 and conf, is 75.

We have no seniors on a team that finished 16-14, 9-7, fifth in conference. I am sure I will make  a couple of roster moves in the preseason though.

My numbers: 111-30, .787. Off.- 30, Def. -43, Recruit- 99, Scout- 92,
Player Dev.- 44, Reputation- 62.

A new year and a new challenge await. Still no world from Maggie May. I am in Massachusetts as much as I am in California, and will be for a few weeks. Hopefully a decision will be forthcoming.



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May 1: We buy the Gold national and the basic international reports. The SAT score here is 1000, not 1100, and that makes a difference.

May 10: I have found a small house not far from campus. I am in negotiations to purchase it. It’s a ranch, three bedrooms, two baths. A full, unfinished basement with a home gym among other things. Less than a mile and a half from campus. I could, and probably will, walk to work most days.

May 17: I am traveling back and forth from the Bay Area to Cambridge. I need to finish the semester at Harvard- projects, articles, supervising grad students… I was East for a few days.

“I’m staying here.”

“Sorry to hear it.”

“I’m a Boston girl. I’m just not interested in living on the West coast. I love it here.”

“I guess I knew that but I was hoping maybe you loved me enough to-”

“That’s not fair, Lee. I do love you, but this is home and this is where I want to be.”

“You’re sure?”

“I’ve given it a lot of thought. I’m sure. I’ll start looking for a new place to live right away. How much time do I have?”

“Why don’t you stay here? I was thinking of buying the place. I’ll always have a research connection to Harvard. It would be good to have a place here for when I need to come East. It’s a lot better to have someone living in a place than to have it empty most of the time. Pay your utilities, take care of the lawn and shovel the snow. I’ll pay the taxes. It would be a really cheap rent for you and it would help me out.”

“Interesting idea. But I think we should make a clean break. I wouldn’t want you to think-”

“I agree. When I come East there would be no… expectations. I’d just be a house guest, if that. You’d have no obligations. If I have a bedroom and bath, which I would- make it the second bedroom, that one’s right near the second bath- that’s it. You come and go as you please and I do what I need to do at Harvard. If we chat, or even have dinner now and then, that’s the extent of it. And if we don’t, well, we don’t.”

“That actually sounds good. Let me think about it.”

“Take your time. I plan to buy the place either way. I’m already negotiating with the owner.”

May 22: We’ve reached agreement on the Bay Area house. Closing in about three weeks but I am moving in now.

June 5: We’re looking at some transfers.

June 7: MM decides to stay in the house. I am close to an agreement on buying it.

June 12: Lee Barr, PG transfers from North Carolina. Now we need to get him eligible.

June 15: We reach agreement on a price for the house. Closing will be in a few weeks. My academic obligations at Harvard are now completed but as I said earlier there will be some ongoing work with some folks in the statistics department.

June 25: Looking at our roster this could be a long season. But, we’ll rebuild quickly. I know how to do that!

We have the money so we’re going to the Indy Elite camp, as well as the regional camps.



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June 26: Adam Long went at #49 in the draft. I think someone just got a bargain!

Recruiting. 5 scholarships to fill. We need guards more than inside players but need both, really.

Looking at 20- 5 PGs, 4 SGs, 5 SFs, 3 PFs, 3 C. All have at least a bit of interest in us.

July 11: Settled in to my new home. Both this house and the one back East are officially mine now. I have very affordable mortgages on both thanks to the salary I am receiving here plus my professor’s salary. And yes, as I did at Harvard I will teach a course in the Fall and another during the summer- not this summer though. I will be assigned grad students before the start of the fall semester.

Aug. 7: Still looking at 20 recruits. We’ll offer to five in two weeks.

SG Addy Burt is #43 on the Norton list.

Aug. 21: We offer to 2 PGs, an SF who can play SG, and 2 PFs.

I have settled in. I really like my new home. I do not make much use of my home gym. The weather is usually beautiful here so I go outside and run in it. It is nice to have the gym on rainy days but unless it is a hard rain or there is lightning I run outside then too.

Life is quieter than with Maggie May and I definitely miss her and her excitement, her “joie de vivre” as it were. I don’t know that I wish to take up with someone like her again but she certainly changed me. Some of the changes were likely temporary, such as substance use. On the other hand she guided me toward a broader vision of the world, its problems, and how I feel government should deal with them.

Six months ago there would have been no doubt that I would vote to re-elect President Nixon. Now? Let us say that I am listening carefully to what Sen. McGovern has to say. There is no U. S. Senate seat up this year here in California. Neither Sen. Tunney nor Sen. Cranston is up for re-election. I will vote for Ron Dellums for re-election to the U. S. House.

Pat Brown continues as Gov., but his term doesn’t end for two more years. So I guess I am now interested in politics and in national and world affairs, and I am undoubtedly more… “liberal” than heretofore. That was not the case before MM. The Stanford/Berkeley area, the entire Bay Area is quite liberal, to say the least.

Odds are that the next woman with whom I am involved will be liberal. I believe that it is pointless to go out looking for a relationship. They seem to find me rather than me finding them. Too much to do to give that much thought but I do think I would like a family. At age 29 I have time.



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Sept. 11: Two commit to Stanford! Our two PFs, #4, Kev Eddy, and #28 Kurt Span. Now to visit our other three plus one to whom we are not offering.

I felt the visits went well. Hopefully they will lead to commitments. I do not expect to get all five, but it would be nice to get a PG or two.

Sept. 18: Two out of three. The #1 rated recruit chose UConn over us. We got commitments from both #21 PG Will Rand, and #34 SF Russ Wick. One more to go. We would like to get another PG and we have one listing us as his first choice. Earl Ash, #23 is the guy and we are ON IT! We visited three other guards, just in case.

We have a schedule. We are invited to the Coaches Classic. I think this is too difficult for us this year but my A. D. refused to listen to my concerns saying the “exposure” would be beneficial. Well, not if we are badly defeated in the first round. Since we will face #10 Georgia Tech…

I loved my A. D. at Harvard. I have no major issues with the A. D. here. Rick Stottlemyre is definitely a top of the line A. D., but he likes to be in charge. That’s fine, to a degree but if he tries to run my program or tries to run me there will be trouble. I am not looking for trouble though so hopefully it won’t find me.

Sept. 25: Earl Ash committed. So, if everyone hits the SAT score we’re through unless I decide to make some moves very late, in March or April.

Oct. 2: First day of practice. As I sit here with my notes I need to say that yes, it is definitely a rebuilding year.

We are predicted to finish 4th in conference. I would be very happy with that.

Oct. 15: I’d forgotten how much work the first year in a new job is. And of course it’s the first year in two new jobs. I was assigned only two first year Ph. D. students and one Masters student, but that’s still a great deal of work. It was necessary to get to know them, to get a feel for their strengths and interests, to assign projects and tasks to the Ph. D. students, to consult upon and approve plans of study for all three students- and on and on. The course I’m teaching here is not the one I taught at Harvard so I needed to prepare for it, get materials together, work up a schedule, find references…

With all of that plus the coaching responsibilities I have not had any time for a social life. I’ve had lots of invitations which I would have loved to accept but I was only able to accept a very few. I am getting to know the people in the statistics department and in the athletic department, and the social gatherings I did attend involved one of those two groups. Still, I feel sort of alone and isolated. I suppose that’s inevitable coming out of a relationship that I felt worked very well. Oh well.

Nov. 6: Exhibition games this week. Let’s see what we learn!

We learned quite a lot. We’re experimenting at PG but the rest of the lineup appears to be set, at least for the time being.



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We open against #10 ranked, #9 seed Georgia Tech. This is a very good team.

Nov. 13: 69-60. Bill Sims, who was not a starter before the exhibition games led us with 27, 7, 2. The two exhibition games demonstrated that he needed minutes so we decided to start him at SF and move Len Fitz to PF.

It’s only one game but that appears to have been a very good decision. Addy Burt had 22 but we expected that. We knew he was a scorer. 8 assists and only 2 TOs for Cris Betz at PG. He only took one shot so that needs work but he did not hurt his chances at playing time tonight. Cull and Gore both looked good at back up PG in limited minutes. Curt Rowe had 10, 7, 2 at C. 12 TOs, 31 RBs. A great first game. I am pleased.

In the round of eight we meet #1 seed, #2 ranked North Carolina. We beat them for the national title at Harvard last April but this is a new season and a new team. This may be more challenge than we are ready for.

Nov. 15: 84-69. I’m shocked frankly. The game was even through 30 minutes or so, then we took over. We scored 53 in the second half. Burt led us with 22, 10, PG Cris Betz had 12, 3, 7 with only 2 TOs. 19, 6 for Rowe at C, 13, 3, 1 for Bill Sims, and 7, 7, 3 for Fitz at PF. 9 TOs, 33 RBs. I am speechless.

#17 ranked, #4 seed Purdue in the semifinals. They are very strong at PG and PF and they have a long bench.

Nov. 17: 67-79. We fell behind early and then way behind, by as many as 28. We made some adjustments at halftime and they helped but it was too late. 23 for Burt, 15, 10, 3 for Rowe, 11, 4, 2 for Sims, but Betz didn’t do much at PG. 7 TOs but -17 RB. Their PG and PF were all that we feared they would be. Still, we did very well in this tournament. A good start to the season and I guess A. D. Rick Stottlemyre was right after all. This was good exposure.

Home for a couple of days before we head to Fairbanx, Alaska. I have really come to love the Bay Area. The weather is incredible, cool, breezy, but not cold. For me it’s perfectly comfortable. In the six months or so that I’ve been here there has not once been a need for either heating or air conditioning. There were maybe 5-6 days in July and August that reached low 80s but there was a breeze and it was comfortable. They tell me it rarely gets down to freezing, even on the coldest winter nights. I may need a little heat on those nights but the locals say heating costs are ridiculously low since the heat may only go on for a dozen days all year, and only for parts of those days. I’m living in paradise I guess!

I’m about a half hour from San Francisco, near the Bay, some city but lots of open land and forest area- a little of everything. Here, at Berkeley, in the San Francisco/Oakland area, and in the entire region there are coffee houses that have either music or poetry readings most nights. I haven’t had a lot of time for that but once or twice I’ve managed to get to a club, and I’ve really enjoyed it. The people are friendly and welcoming. No one knew who I was and that suited me just fine. When asked my name I told them it was Lee, and left it at that. A few asked what I did and I said I worked at Stanford, again, staying general. I hope to spend a lot more time in those places, both in this area and in San Francisco.

My former doc student at Harvard, Arnold Stern, is now a professor here at Stanford. It is great to be able to work with him again.

Nov. 20: We are ranked! #24.

All five recruits came in and signed. That means they will make the SAT score. Great news!

At 1-0 Fairbanx. They are good inside, or were against their only opponent. We think they will have trouble if we pressure their guards.

Nov. 21: 65-48. We led all the way. 17 for Burt, 13, 7 for Rowe, 11, 8 for Sims. Betz played well at PG again, as did Fitz at PF. This team is definitely better than I had expected. We are averaging a terrific 9 TOs per game. I’m not happy with rebounding but we’re working on it.

Home for a week and only one game. On Wednesday (Thanksgiving eve) a coffee house in S.F. had Dave Van Ronk, quite possibly my favorite blues/folk/jazz singer/guitar player. I stopped in. The place was full but not as jammed as I would have thought. Dave was in top form. I’ve seen him lots of times, mostly in Boston/Cambridge but a few times in Greenwich Village. When he’s on he’s incomparable, but at times the beer starts flowing a little too early in the evening. Not tonight. It was 90 minutes of awesome.

I met a few people and we walked the neighborhood after the concert, stopping at a few places along the way. I don’t drink, never did, and I no longer “use,” well, at least currently, but my new friends did some of both.

One of the new friends was named Dawn and she was indeed a ray of sunshine.

“I’m just a hippie chick.”

She was more than that. A poet and a really good one, at least I thought so. She recited a few of her poems at one of the coffee houses. Some are set to music and she played guitar and sang those. As the night moved along Dawn and I got friendlier- and just that, friendly. I wound up at her place and we talked and she played the guitar until breakfast time. Then we went out and had breakfast. When she asked about my plans for the holiday I told her I had none. She said she was invited to a Thanksgiving dinner that evening and invited me along. I went. There were about a dozen people there, all “hippies” in a sense, but all good, accepting people. One of them knew who I was and unfortunately, that put more focus on me than I would have liked. The group was still accepting, in a “do your own thing” sort of way, but competitive Div. I sports was not likely to play well with this crowd. Being a statistics prof. wasn’t much better.

But Dawn was cool with all of it. It was another late night. I walked her back to her apartment and we got there at about 3;00 a.m. It was a beautiful night for a walk.

“So, my new friend is pretty establishment, I guess.”

“I guess. But hey, I voted for McGovern!” I did, by the way, just never mentioned it.

“Okay, you get points for that.” She sort of leaned into me so I put my arm around her.

“I’m glad. I like it much better when you’re reciting your poems or playing the guitar. I’m not particularly interested in talking shop.”

“Well, you certainly must be good at what you do. I mean it can’t be easy to win the championship of anything.”

“A lot of things fell into place. We had a bit of luck on our side.”

“I guess that would be inevitable. Still, you did it.”

“I did indeed!”

“Why did you leave?”

“Harvard is a great school, maybe the best in the country, maybe the best in the world- at least one of them. I liked the statistics department, I liked coaching there, particularly since the focus on academics was part of the deal. I wouldn’t be coaching any ‘dumb jocks.’ But I also wanted a school that devoted more resources to basketball- it had to be a top flight academic institution, had to have a great stats department- but I was limited at Harvard. Stanford is a terrific school. I won’t coach any dumb jocks here either. BUT, my salary here is almost five times what it was, my professor’s salary is a little higher, the stats department has a bigger budget, and the basketball program has a MUCH bigger budget. Plus, this area has the greatest weather in the world and some incredibly cool people- present company included!”

I got back to my place at about 6:30 a.m., and grabbed a quick nap before heading for work. I had some paperwork to do related to my course, and there would be practice in the evening.



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North Carolina A & T, 1-1 is here. This is a team we should beat.

Nov. 26: 83-55. Never a doubt. Betz dished beautifully, and the other four starters all scored big. 6 TOs.

At 2-1 Pepperdine. We’re the better team but it’s a road game.

Nov. 28: 62-49. Excellent defense and good play from lots of people. Didn’t like 15 TOs, our most for a game so far this season. We are not a great rebounding team so we need to take care of the ball.

Home for five days.

3-2 Bowling Green is here. This is a team we should beat.

Dec. 1: 69-43. We led by as many as 40. 17, 13 for Fitz, 20, 8 for Rowe. 6 TOs and a season high 40 RBs.

Cris Betz went to the floor hard, hitting his head. He seems to be okay. Day to day.

6 of our next 7 are on the road. Not looking forward to that and to what it will likely do to our record.

Dec. 4: Now ranked #13, RPI #11. I don’t think we should be as high as we are in the rankings. It’s great but reality is going to rear its ugly head soon.

At 4-2 Green Bay. Good outside but weak inside.

Dec. 5: 55-62. Their PG had 21, which hurt but their bench outperformed ours by a wide margin. We had 19 TOs. Not a good night.



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Home for a week and then five straight road games. And the home game is against #10, 7-2 Illinois. They are tough outside and they rebound. We will need to play our best game.

Dec. 8: 77-64. 26, 6, 5 for Sims, 20, 2, 3 for Burt, 11, 8 for Rowe. Betz played well and Jay Cull was even better backing him up. Not happy with 16 TOs but we had 21 assists on 27 baskets. +7 RB and good defense for the most part.

Our next home game is Jan. 2. We will come home for a few days for the holiday but other than that we are gone for the next three weeks.

I will be able to give the exam to my class before we leave. My players will take some of their exams on campus but a few need to be taken on the road and mailed in. We will provide a proctored atmosphere for this.

Dawn and I have been spending a lot of time together. She says I am a natural at singing harmony, which I had no idea about. She is helping me to learn to play a few chords on guitar, which amazes me to even think about. She says I only need a few chords and the ability to strum, and I’ll be able to sing with her and back her up. It’s fun! I’m more interested in piano and I’m thinking of taking lessons. She says that in that case I should still learn the chords but don’t even touch a piano until and unless I find a teacher. That way I won’t develop bad habits.

While there are some similarities between Dawn and Maggie May, they are far more alike than different. MM was a ball of energy, explosive and never stopping, but she was far from deep, except where literature was concerned, and she was really quite self-centered. While it must be said that I am still getting to know Dawn, she is a very sensitive person, always aware of and concerned with what I am feeling, and truly, what everyone around her is feeling. She is hippie in the best sense of the word. She loves her fellow humans (and all animals), and works to make people feel comfortable, safe, and happy. I very much like that about her and try hard to give it back. She is very concerned about social issues despite having little or no interest in politics in general. She’s of the “think globally act locally” school of thought.

Poetry and music are at the center of our relationship, but feeding the hungry and helping the downtrodden are also part of what we try to do. On a personal level we are taking our time, getting to know each other, but it is safe to say that we already care about and for each other.

Dawn has now been to my home. She likes the fact that it is not a “palace” but is a simple place, not a lot bigger than what I need. I certainly didn’t purchase it with her in mind as we had not yet met, but I simply had no interest in occupying a huge living space. My home is not tiny, but it really isn’t extravagant either.

At 5-3 San Jose State. Okay, it’s a road game just a few miles from home. We traveled here by bus and will return home after the game. It’s still a road game. They can shoot outside but their strength is inside. They do not play great defense, and we do not think they will handle pressure on the ball well.

Dec. 13: 60-59. 19 lead changes, 6 ties. We were down 59-56 with under a minute to go. Betz couldn’t find anyone open for a three so he got it inside to Fitz who hit a 6 footer. San Jose ST brought it down with :40 left.

They couldn’t run out the clock. They called a time out. I told my guys we did not want to foul, just don’t give up an easy shot. We didn’t. They missed a contested 18 footer with :08 left. Rowe got the RB, sent it to Betz who got it to Burt for a fifteen footer that went in at the buzzer.

Good work on both ends by all five starters tonight. 15 TOs. I don’t want to
start losing the good ball handling. We’ll work harder on this.

At 3-4 Missouri State. They don’t play a lot of defense and they cough it up, but they win at home.

Dec. 15: 49-64. We were about as flat as it is possible to be. We spent the night standing around on offense waiting for the other guy to do something. That’s how a team scores 49. I don’t often go negative but I lit into the players after this game. Not for long, the tirade was over in less than a minute (It was very much premeditated. I had Coach Creek time it. He was to signal me at 45 seconds, which he did.). Now to see if it has any effect. Practice will show us that. Of course practicing at odd times in a gym in a strange town isn’t ideal, but that’s how it is.

At 3-6 Texas State next. They have a very good PG but he doesn’t get much help.

Dec. 19: 81-62. We played well tonight, nothing like last game. 22, 5, 2 for Burt, 16, 7, 2 for Rowe, 9 assists for Betz, 5 TOs for the team. Now we need to do it consistently.



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At #3, 12-1 Purdue. We beat them by 12 in the Coaches Classic. They are a very good team. Maybe the best PF in the nation.

Dec. 22: 67-82. 29, 5 for Burt but no one else was able to do much. Only -1 TO and -3 RB but they were the better team. We could have defended better but they were quicker than we were.

Oh well. At least we get to go home for a few days.

Dawn and I spend the holiday together at my place. We’ve only known each other a month so simple, small gifts. We cooked dinner together, and that was fun. After dinner we sang some songs, Dawn working on my guitar chords and offering a little advice on harmony, but she was very kind, saying I had all the right instincts with harmony.

I haven’t talked about family at all. I am not close to my family for reasons I do not choose to go into. My parents live in Western Massachusetts. I have not seen them in several years and do not plan to see them again. I have no siblings.

I haven’t given a lot of information regarding Dawn either. She works in a small book/record store just off campus. She is the assistant manager. She lives in a little efficiency apartment, basically one room with a bath, just down the street from the shop she works at. She has one of those beds that goes up into the wall- Murphy bed? It works for her. She is not close to her family either. We have not given each other details as yet.

We now spend more time at my place than hers when we are together, but we really spend more time up in the San Francisco/Oakland area. The music scene is lively, and she gets opportunities to recite her poetry and sing her songs in several of the small cafes, coffee shops, clubs… It’s all “pass the hat” but she makes a little money, on some nights more than a little. She wants me to sing harmony on a couple of songs but I feel that I am too well known to get up on a stage. I prefer to keep my anonymity. I do sing with her when we’re at one of her friend’s places, or when we entertain friends, but not in public.

We end the pre-conference season at 9-4, ranked #17.

We open Pac 12 play at 7-4 Arizona State. They’ve played a weak schedule. Their starting PG is out with a broken leg. He’s probably their best player. They play 1-3-1 which we don’t see very often.

Dec. 29: 69-53. Good play from 8 guys but 16 TOs. +11 RB. Good defense won this one.

Happy 1973! Spent New Year’s Eve with Dawn. She read and sang at a coffee house in SF. She actually got me up to do harmony on a song. Lights were very low and she introduced me as, “My friend Lee.” No one figured out who I was. It was fun, and I wasn’t really nervous, strangely enough, but I am still leery. I even played guitar.

After the show we went to a party at her friend Jay’s place in the city. We left at about 5:00 a.m. It was fun. I could have gotten a contact high but I stayed straight.

Home for two, both ranked teams.

#25 California is 11-3, 1-0. This one figures to be close. They have a good PG. If we let him do what he wants to do we’ll be in trouble. Their C is also a solid player, and their bench seems to be better than ours. We’re stronger at the other positions.

Jan. 2: 68-57. A good win! Great defense and exceptional ball handling, 6 TOs (+11). 21, 6 for Fitz, 12, 6, 4 for Sims, 8, 8, 4 for Rowe, and Lew Gore had 12 from the bench. We completely shut down their C and we did not let their PG do what he wanted to do. He had 18 but he had lots of trouble getting the ball to his teammates.

#23 Colorado, 13-2, 2-0 is here. They’ve played a soft schedule and I don’t think they’re as good as California, but we will need to play well. Again, don’t let them do what they want to do on offense. Good defense is always key.

Jan. 5: 49-39. Yes, it was definitely the defense. Strange game. We led almost all the way, never trailing in the second half. We had 10 TOs, they had 24. We had lots of trouble making shots (25.5%!), but they kept fouling us and we hit the free throws (16-18), and that made a huge difference. 16, 8, 2 for Burt, 12, 10 for Sims.

Jan. 8: We’re 12-4, 3-0, ranked #15, RPI #14, but 7 tough road games still ahead and a couple of home games that won’t be easy. Still, a great start!

At 7-7, 1-2 Oregon. They’ve played a tough schedule and they’re better than their record. They are tough inside. We need to come to play.

Jan. 9: 77-69. We took an early lead and extended it out to 22. 20 for Burt, 14, 8, 3 for Rowe, 13, 7, 3  for Fitz. 8 TOs

Bill Sims hurt his back. It doesn’t look serious and he is day to day.

I’ve started piano lessons with a local teacher who comes highly recommended. I bought a piano, just a spinet. It fits very nicely in the living room. I practice every day that I’m in town. Music has become a very important part of my life. I spend at least an hour a day practicing the piano, and more time with the guitar. I am not neglecting my coaching or professorial duties but I do find the music both relaxing and enjoyable. Dawn and I spend a great deal of our time making music together. With her encouragement I am setting some of her poems to music. These are poems which she never thought about as songs but which sound like songs to me. The results are at best mixed at present but I am just beginning.

I am very pleased with the team. At 13-4, 4-0 we are, surprisingly, alone in first place. I cannot think this will last but it puts us in a great position to finish high up in the conference standings.



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5-10, 2-2 Oregon State is here. They play 1-2-2 which can be a little confusing. We’ve been working against it in practice, trying to get the ball inside. This is a a team we should beat.

Jan. 12: 60-59. This wasn’t a win it was an escape. We led early then all but fell apart. With 5 ½ minutes left we were down 9, 56-47. At that point I called a time out, which I rarely do. We were struggling to get the ball inside and were settling for outside shots that were not falling. I laid into the guys, then charted some ways to get it in to our big guys. They listened. On defense I told them to double the PG and SG whenever they got the ball as outside shots were killing us.

We started to turn them over and they stopped making those outside shots with our tighter D. The ball started going inside for us, we got lay ups and shots very close to the rim, we got steals and forced turnovers, and from that point on we out scored Ore. ST 13-3. We retook the lead only in the final 30 seconds. They had the ball last, with a chance to win, but our tight defense did not allow them a good shot and a contested 20 footer went off the rim at the buzzer. 13 TOs (+5).  15, 11 for Fitz, 8, 10, 4 for Rowe, 12 for Sims. A win is a win but this was tougher than it should have been.

7-9, 1-4 USC is here. Stopping the PG, or at least not letting him do what he wants to do is the key. He is their best player. They are 2-6 in their last 8. Starting SG and first big man off the bench were lost to grades.

Jan. 16: 67-57. 14 each for Sims, Rowe and Betz. +11 TOs. We were very effective at getting it inside and we outscored them 30-8 in the paint.

Carl Betz got a hip pointer. Day to day.

We are up 2 games on four teams.

At #16, 12-7, 4-2 UCLA. A very good team and they do not lose at home. We have our work cut out for us. They are good both inside and out. As always we will try to stop them from doing the things they like to do but it will not be easy.

Jan. 19: 77-75. Amazing!!! Cris Betz, who was at less than 100% fouled out in 18 minutes but Jay Cull did some really nice work filling in for him, especially on the defensive end where he shut down a very good PG. Addy Burt was on fire all night, 34 points, 7 threes. 12, 9, 2 for Rowe, and Fitz and Sims played well. UCLA scored the last six but never had possession with a chance to tie or win. Their last basket, a three, came with 1.8 left. Great win!

At 11-8, 5-2 Arizona, one of two teams two games back of us. They have a very good SG. Let’s see how we defend him.

Jan. 23: 47-65. I guess a night like this was overdue. We scored 19 in the first half and were down by as many as 27. We had no answer for their SG who got 33. -6 TO, +3 RB.

Halfway through the conference schedule and up one over Arizona, at least two over everyone else. But the second half schedule will not be easy.

16-5, 7-1, ranked #13, RPI #13.

Loving my piano lessons. Practicing every day. The method my teacher is using allows me to play actual songs right from the start, as well as doing exercises. This really makes it interesting. I think it is helping my guitar playing as well.

Dawn and I are really getting close. She is always fun to be with.



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10-9, 4-4 Washington State is here. One quality win, lots of bad losses. They do not play great defense and they turn it over. This is a game we should win.

Jan. 26: 76-50. It was close during the first half but we made adjustments and took total control in the second. +9 TOs, +8 RBs. 21 for Burt, 18, 8, 2 for Sims, 11, 8, 6 for Rowe.

Jan. 29: Addy Burt is at #10 on the Norton List.

We look at a few more recruits, just in case. Only one we were speaking with failed to hit the SAT score.

AT 8-12, 3-6 Washington. One quality win. They play good defense and they rebound but they are sloppy. We need to take advantage of that.

Jan. 30: 67-74. We didn’t play very well, -1 TO, -1 RB. Both of our guards were in foul trouble all night. The biggest difference was the bench. They had 23, 12, 5, we had 4, 7, 1.

Arizona lost. They and Utah are one back. UCLA and Cal are two back.

#11, 18-4, 7-3 Utah is in. This is a very good team both inside and out. Their 1-3-1 is not a D we see often. They have played well against good teams. This should be a challenge.

Feb. 2: 60-54. Huge win! We played good defense and scored just enough. It was a very balanced effort offensively. 17 TOs, too many, but only -1. +8 RBs which was a definite factor. Our bench was better tonight as well, 15-22.

One game up on Arizona, 2 on Utah and UCLA, five to play.

12-10, 5-6 Arizona State is here. We won by 16 there. 4-1 in their last 5 and they play 1-3-1. Two starters out with broken bones.

Feb. 6: 74-56. 20 TOs, worst of the season, but +18 RBs. 17, 13 for Rowe, 15, 4 for Burt. 11, 7, 5 for Betz but 8 TOs. The subs did better at PG and I had Cull in at PG when it counted. Bench and inside players won this one.

A big win because Arizona lost. We are two games up with four to play. Exceeding all expectations!

Heading out for 3 of our last 4 conference games. We need one road win. Two would be terrific. And of course we need to win the home game.

Music continues to be a daily part of my life. On the road I can usually find a piano to practice on, usually in the lounge at the hotel where we stay. During the day the lounge is empty and I talk my way into being able to practice. There’s always a piano. I take my guitar on the road, too, and I am now able to pick out some songs and fake most others.

When we’re at home Dawn and I get together for at least some part of every day. Music is a big part of that but a relationship is definitely forming. Dawn is very comfortable to be with, very laid back and not at all demanding. She knows who she is though, and is not a person to try to push around.



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At 17-8, 7-5 California. We won by 11 at home. 4-4 in their last 8. We’re expecting a tough game.

Feb. 9: 65-73. Betz was ineffective again tonight. Fouled out in 17 minutes. His backup, Cull, fouled out in 19. -7 RB. Refs didn’t help, 25-35 for them vs. 18-22.

Arizona lost again. Utah is the only team one back. UCLA, Cal and Arizona are two back.

Burt is #11 on the Norton List.

At 16-10, 5-8 Colorado. I wouldn’t call this a “must win” but a win would be really nice. We beat them by 10 at our place. They’ve lost 5 straight, since their best player went out with a broken nose. We need to turn them over.

Feb.13: 61-73. Another poor game for our Point Guards. This has been a real problem and we’re going to re-evaluate. We won the inside battle, but lost outside and lost badly regarding bench play.

Utah lost so we’re still one up (on three teams) with two to play. We should win both and we need to.

10-15, 4-10 Oregon is in. We won by 8 there. They’ve lost 6 of 7. Now THIS is a must win!

Feb. 16: 63-45. We held them to 17 in the first and were never in danger. 12, 11, 3 for Rowe, 17 for Burt, better play at PG, and good play all around. 11 TOs, +5 RB.

Up one with one to play and we beat both of the teams who are one back (UCLA and Utah). So we’ll finish first.

We finish at 7-19, 4-11, last place Oregon State. We won by only one at our place. They’ve lost 5 of 6, 8 of 10. We need to turn them over and should be able to. We need to play much better than we did last time.
Outside D was the problem then and it cannot be this time.

Feb. 20: 66-64. What is it with this Ore. ST team! Addy Burt knocked down a 23 footer at the buzzer to avoid the upset. He had 25, 8. 10,15, 2 for Rowe, 10, 7, 2 for Fitz, 8, 5 for Sims. 7 TOs for Betz but as a team we had only 11, with 40 RBs.

We finish #1 in conference.

“I LOVE the way you sing harmony. I think I’ll introduce you as ‘My friend Phil’ from now on.”

Now THAT’S a compliment!

On to the post season!

21-8, 12-4, ranked #17 RPI #16.






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