Providence's sports information director, was watching the Marquette-South Carolina game on NBC week before when he learned that Sunday's North Carolina. Providence game would be 1 o'clocker instead of at 4 p.m. as originally slated. "I was Habbergasted," said Tranghese. "Nobody at NBC bothered to tell us". . . Jim Black of here, who went to St. John's U. with Frank McGuire and roomed at GWU with Red Anerbach, was watching the Marquette-South Carlina game and sighs that "the parade has passed 'em both by," great guys that they are - but some of the young guys don't have anything on the old. Frinstance, when announcer Dick Stockton remarked to the effect that Marquette's Batch Lee "was born in Puerto Rico and is a native of Brooklyn," it reminded Black of an Brooklyn," it reminded Black of an introduction by Washington Dave Herman 20 years ago to the effect that Auerbachwas a former native of the nation's capital . . .

But, no fighting the upward spiral. In baseball, for instance, Peter Bavasi says his Toronto Blue Jays will of necessity up their payroll 35 to 40 percent - and "the fact is, we lost 107 games last year" . . .