Basketball: Small World

What is a big college? According to the N.C.A.A., which decides such matters as far as sports are concerned, Centenary College in Shreveport, La., is a big college. Centenary has 1,103 students. What is a small college? Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, 111., is a small college; it has 25,000 students.

Make sense? Not to Centenary, which has to play Southern Illinois in basketball next week—and can hardly be elated at the prospect. Not to Louisville, the No. 2-ranked major college team in the U.S., which got beaten by Southern Illinois 53-50. Not...

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