For years, Missouri Valley invaders have come away convinced that trying to win there is almost as hopeless as trying to break the bank at Monte Carlo. It was, until last week. Then three of the MVC's mightiest—Wichita, St. Louis and Cincinnati—went down with a resounding thud.
Wichita, which some suspected could be had by a good big man, sure enough was. TEXAS WESTERN's Jim Barnes scored 32 points, and Wichita lost 75-74. Then, when the Shockers went west, ARIZONA STATE's whizbang shooters picked them off, 93-87.
For almost 35 minutes, St. Louis had visiting KANSAS STATE beaten. But the Wildcats began to match the Bills' aggressive ball control and, pretty soon, Willie Murrell and 7-foot Roger Suttner had K-State out in front. After that, an exasperating stall gave the Wildcats the game, 68-67.
December 16, 1963
Cincinnati, which had won 90 straight at home, finally lost, to KANSAS, 51-47. Most distressing to Coach Ed Jucker was the way the Bearcats lost it. With the score tied, they threw the ball away twice and then fouled. Kansas' George Unseld and Al Correll dropped in four free throws for the winning points.
Only BRADLEY held firm. Levern Tart and sophomores Ernie Thompson and Eddie Jackson helped the Braves beat Idaho State 101-70 and Murray 85-78.
Michigan, the Big Ten favorite, with Bill Buntin and sophomores Jim Myers and Cazzie Russell scoring heavily, marched past Tulane 73-47 and Nebraska 80-55. INDIANA'S Van Arsdale twins, Dick and Tom, piled up 74 points as the Hoosiers outran Notre Dame 108-102.
When LOYOLA OF CHICAGO failed to reach 100 in its 92-54 win over North Dakota, Coach George Ireland just smiled and said, "I don't care. I just want to win the games." Nevertheless, he kept his varsity in for 33 minutes against Kent State, and the Ramblers won 100-59.
New Yorkers, usually blasé about hometown heroes, were ready to acclaim NYU after 12,693 watched the talented but sometimes disorganized Violets trounce Tulsa 99-76 in Madison Square Garden. The freelancing NYUers, who earlier in the week had dawdled dreadfully against Cornell until Barry Kramer and Happy Hairston got them going to an easy 82-65 victory, simply overwhelmed Tulsa. Kramer, shooting mostly from outside, and Hairston, popping away inside, each scored 26 points.
Meanwhile VILLANOVA, less showy but just as effective, romped over Princeton 72-59 and St. Peter's 83-42. Sophomore Richie Moore, who scored 25 points, had the hot hand against the Tigers while Wally Jones, feeding deftly, got 15 against St. Peter's. There was some solace for PRINCETON's Bill Bradley, too. His 32 points could not stop Villanova, but his 40 beat Army 80-73.
Seton Hall's Nick Werkman, the 1962-63 major college scoring champion, made 52 points as the Hall squeaked past Catholic U. 69-67 in overtime and Holy Cross 65-63. Providence, caught with its defenses lagging, was upset by ASSUMPTION 88-80 while PITT, despite little Willie Somerset's ball hawking and driving, edged Duquesne 69-67 in overtime in the Steel Bowl final.
Duke trailed West Virginia by 11 points early in the second half of the West Virginia Centennial Classic final in Morgantown. Then Coach Vic Bubas sent in Jack Marin, a quick, 6-foot-6 sophomore, to help Jeff Mullins. Marin scored 14 points to put the Blue Devils ahead, and they went on to win 86-81. But Duke almost did not make it into the final. Ohio State's bony Gary Bradds gave the Blue Devils a hard time, and they barely held off the precocious Bucks, 76-75, in the first round, OHIO STATE had better luck against St. John's, an earlier 79-72 loser to WEST VIRGINIA. Outplayed by the surprising young Redmen, OSU won 66-64 on Dick Ricketts' 15-foot jumper at the buzzer.
Back home in the ACC, Duke's challengers were having trouble. North Carolina was upset by CLEMSON 66-64 in double overtime; Wake Forest found NORTH CAROLINA STATE's sophomores too much to handle and lost to them 56-53 in overtime.
Georgia's Red Lawson enlisted Dr. Robert Bowen, a researcher in tests and measurements, to help him determine his best lineup for GEORGIA TECH. Their experiments convinced Lawson that he could win with his three little guards. Unhappily, Dr. Bowen had not figured out a way to stop Tech's Jim Caldwell and R. D. Craddock. Caldwell got 19 points and 26 rebounds, Craddock 20 points; Georgia Tech won 73-65. Later, Lawson's little men did win for him. Jimmy Pitts got 26 points, and Billy Rado dropped in a last-second basket to upset Clemson 87-86. Georgia Tech, without scientific mumbo jumbo—just Caldwell and Craddock—bombed Furman 92-69.
Vanderbilt won three games and KENTUCKY was a big winner over Texas Tech (107-91) and Northwestern (95-63). But the other SEC contenders were ambushed. Defending Champion Mississippi State lost to VIRGINIA TECH 93-77, Florida was trampled by MIAMI 95-79 and Auburn was out-slicked by FLORIDA STATE 69-67.
Davidson, warming up for the Southern Conference race, trimmed Wake Forest 66-53 and St. Joseph's 88-77.
Some Southwest Conference teams, used to getting whacked around by visitors, got just what they expected last week, TEXAS, however, did well enough against minor leaguers, beating Howard Payne 89-58, Texas Weslcyan 81-46 and Tulane 95-63. RICE, too, after an 82-68 loss to VANDERBILT, held its own. Kendall Rhine got 27 points in a 61-56 win over Tennessee and 41 as the Owls drubbed LSU 87-72.
Oklahoma City, led by 6-foot-6 back-court man Bud Koper's 37 points, trounced TCU 96-70. But the Chiefs were less overpowering away from home. They lost to WYOMING 96-90 but beat Denver 80-66.
There were unmistakable signs that STANFORD might not have a cakewalk in the Big Six. The Indians were impressive enough as Tom Dose and Sophomore Bob Bedell led them past Oregon twice, 59-51 and 83-65, but UCLA and California could hardly wait for the race to start. With Walt Hazzard directing traffic and pouring in points, the fast-breaking Bruins clobbered Brigham Young 113-71 and Butler 80-65. Cal went at SAN FRANCISCO with a harassing full-court press and, in the end, it cost the Bears the game. They fouled Dave Lee too often, and his 15 free throws won for the Dons 64-60.
Oregon State's Mel Counts and playmakers Frank Peters and Jim Jarvis wrecked Washington State 80-66 and 75-58, British Columbia 87-47, Washington 91-60.
RICHIE MOORE, VILLANOVA
CAZZIE RUSSELL, MICHIGAN
ERNIE THOMPSON, BRADLEY