- Rockford, IL
Saw John Roche and South Carolina play as part of a college doubleheader at Chicago Stadium.Very late to the party having been (hangs head in embarrassment) working. Here you go. I give you the 1970 SI College Basketball preview issue. A feature was brand spankin' new arenas. Like Mackey. And Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, which I believe the 'Cocks left some time ago. SC was picked #2 preseason, to UCLA's #1. The Illini were projected #15 (alas, Harv brought 'em in at 5-9/11-12, losing nine consecutive BT games to end the season.) And the "Jamaica Redmen" as SI's writer dubbed St. John's, merited a mere mention in "Best of the Rest."
That's John Roche, dribbling the ball below. In case anyone cares. Hailed from NYC, of all places. I guess Lou Carnesecca whiffed on him.
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