Sport: Courtquake in the West

At this point in the basketball season, the teams of the Pacific8 conference are accustomed to watching U.C.L.A. move toward another first-place finish. The last time a John Wooden squad failed to win the conference championship, Lyndon Baines Johnson was President and gasoline cost 31.90 per gal. The team's eight-year reign may finally be dribbling to an end. In a season of surprises on the West Coast, all but two of the conference's eight teams are in a scramble for the top spot.

The wide-open race began with the graduation of U.C.L.A. Center Bill...

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