In yet another wild week of college basketball -- yes, Redskins fans there is Life Outside San Diego -- the most electrifying moment came Monday when Pittsburgh's Jerome Lane shattered a backboard in Fitzgerald Field House with a thunderous right-handed dunk.
Lane's dunk, with 15:24 left in the first half, exploded the glass and stopped the game for 30 minutes. "I know what you're going to be doing the next 48 hours," Pittsburgh Coach Paul Evans told Lane. "You're going to be in front of your TV set watching the replay over and over."
Lost in the hoopla over the dunk was Lane's remarkable performance in the Panthers' 90-56 victory over Providence that night: 17 points, 17 rebounds and four assists. At one point, with eight minutes to play, Lane had 17 rebounds, Providence had 16. Lane, naturally, wanted to talk about the dunk.
"It was like a dream come true," he said. "I never believed I could do that. For a while, I thought I was asleep, that it hadn't really happened." He smiled. "Oh well, there goes another fantasy."
After the game Pittsburgh Athletic Director Ed Bozik sent a message to Evans: cancel the weight-training program. Lane, who weighed 190 pounds when he arrived as a freshman, now weighs 230. By the way, Bozik was just kidding.
One other Pittsburgh note: Not many teams could survive the loss of players like Michael Goodson and Rod Brookin and still stay in the top 10. Part of the reason Pittsburgh has is the development of Lane into such a force, but a lot of credit obviously must be given to Evans, who has gone with two freshmen guards most of the season and gotten remarkable play from both, especially point guard Sean Miller.
Miller, who began the season with a wispy mustache to look older, shaved it after shooting one-for-nine against Oklahoma. Now he looks 14 although he plays 22 . . .
Brigham Young (15-0) is the only undefeated team left in the nation. And ranked only seventh . . .
Two weeks ago it was written here that the bottom three teams in the ACC -- Virginia, Clemson and Wake Forest -- would have trouble winning any games from the top five. Since then, Wake Forest has beaten North Carolina State and North Carolina, and Virginia has whipped Maryland and beaten Georgia Tech. Any other questions, class? . . .
To steal a phrase, the boo of the week has to go to James Madison for making public its intention not to renew Coach John Thurston's contract at the end of the season. That made it impossible for Thurston to coach the team and he resigned Friday. One year ago, Thurston was coach of the year in the Colonial Athletic Association. What's in a Name
There are only a few basketball players so good and so different that they need only be identified by their first name or nickname: Magic, Kareem, Doc, Dominique or, in a twist of that thinking, Bird.
Add another to the list: Damon. Damon Bailey is the 6-foot-3 sophomore phenom at Bedford-North Lawrence (Indiana) High School. He is averaging 30 points and nine rebounds a game and shooting 62 percent from the field. Bailey has been followed and recruited by Bob Knight since the eighth grade and last year led his team -- as a freshman -- to the state finals.
Around Indiana he is referred to only as Damon. Friday, he was extraordinary once again in his school's come-from-behind, 81-77, victory over 12th-ranked Jeffersonville. With Jeffersonville up by 10 and time running out in the third quarter, Damon broke up a fast break with a steal and fed a teammate for a three-pointer that cut the lead to seven. Then he scored 14 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter to lead the comeback . . .
Kansas is in serious trouble. The Jayhawks, who have lost two starters (one to academics, one to injury) since the season started, lost their third straight Big Eight game Saturday to Kansas State. That broke their 55-game home winning streak, the longest in the nation. It was the first loss in Allen Field House for Danny Manning. Kansas is 12-7 and must right itself soon.
In the meantime, surprising Kansas State is atop the Big Eight at 4-0 led by one of the most underrated players in the country, Mitch Richmond. A Mark Aguirre-type, Richmond can post up or hit from outside and is tough to stop either way . . .
Navy easily could have folded up after losing Derric Turner (injury) and Darren Morningstar (suspension) in addition to the graduation of David Robinson. But the Midshipmen came back to win two CAA games this week, beating James Madison and American handily.The Upset Pick
The Upset Pick is six for 15 and convinced it is being spied on. Why? Why not? If Joe Gibbs can see spies in his sleep, why not The Pick? Even so, Kansas State did beat Kansas but Temple survived a Rhode Island rally to win.
This week: N.C. State goes to Durham Saturday and shocks Duke.