There are six baskets in War Memorial Gymnasium where the San Francisco Dons, the top-ranked college basketball team in the nation, practices and plays it home games.

The rims on all six basket are bent.

"Why change them?" asked coach Bob Gaillard. "They'll be that way again after practice."

Sammy Williams, brother of Golden State Warrior Gus Williams, is the team's self-appointed dunk coach, although he is 5-foot-11 and recovering from a broken ankle.

He often holds his sessions after practice, tutoring 6-8 sophomore James Hardy, the teams' best player, and 6-7 senior Jeff Randell, the team captain who can't break into the starting lineup.

Much of the Dons' practice consists of shooting drills. And after going undefeated in 23 games, they are shooting 53 per cent (the most inaccurate man on the team is shooting 49.7 per cent) and they are averaging 93-2 points a game.

If the dunk rule were still outlawed, they'd probably be averaging about 50 points.

"Did you see that?" Gaillard said nonchantly as he watched Hardy take off from the baseline on the left side of the basket, dip his head as he made a turn in the air and dunk the ball from eye level on the opposite side of the basket.

The City as it is called here hasn't gone crazy over the Dons. Nor has the Jesuit school of 6,700 students been particularly enthused.

That isn't surprising, because the team is not excited.

"We don't have nearly as much enthusiasm as I'd like," Gaillard said. "We're much to business like for me to have much fun coaching."

Fun or not, Gaillard has the horses. The Dons have some of the best players in the country. In addition to Hardy and Randell, there are sophomores, 6-11 1/2 Billy Cartwright, the leading scorer, and 6-6 Winford Boynes, last year's Northern California college player of the year. Marlon Redmond is a 6-5 senior and 6-2 playmaker Chubby Cox is a transfer from Vilanova.

To keep all of his stars happy, Gaillard plays run-and-dunk.

"I don't believe in curfews and all of that," he said. "Most coaches try to find ways to make themselves valuable. They can't play so they impose curfews to make themselves useful.

"What difference does it make if a guy sleeps from 11 to 9 or from 2 a.m. to noon? If he gets his rest he gets his rest.

"I have as much control over these guys as I need. We have a virile, girl-loving team and their offcourt behavior is channeled in that area rather than drinking or drugs. If you have a supergirl, you'll find yourself less preoccupied with other things," Gaillard said.

"It allows us to be our own men," saix Cox. "When you're given the opportunity to be your own men, you have more go, more self-pride. No one takes advantage of it."

One Don who transfered from another school said he was demoted to the reserves when he was caught there with a girl after curfew.

Gaillard laughed when he heard that and said, "Around here, if you don't have a woman in your room, you're the 11th man on the team."

The Dons play in the relatively weak West Coast Athletic Conference.But in their 23 victories so far they have beaten Tennessee, and Houston twice. Their toughest game left is their last of the regular season, a March 1 date against Notre Dame in South Bend.

Gaillard isn't thinking much about that game and isn't too interested in the team's ranking right now, either.

"That was important in the preseason and early on," he said. "But this isn't football. The No. 1 team is this sport will be decided on the court."