Basketball's Week

Conference races have barely begun, yet there remain just two undefeated teams in the country, Kentucky and Texas Western. Since most of the major preconference games are intersectionals, this indicates a continuing, welcome trend toward nationwide balance of power. Western is an independent; Kentucky meets SEC favorite Vanderbilt next Saturday
January 10, 1966


1. ST. JOSEPH'S (9-2)
3. SYRACUSE (9-1)

While ST. JOSEPH'S was destroying Temple 97-65 in Philadelphia's Quaker City tournament (page 20), some 60,000 who crowded into New York's Madison Square Garden for the three-day Holiday Festival came away convinced that PROVIDENCE'S Jimmy Walker was college basketball's newest superstar. Rarely has one player so dominated an entire tournament. Whether he was dribbling his opponent into a one-on-one situation and then scoring with deft fakes and an unstoppable, wriggling jump shot or passing off with amazing speed and accuracy, Walker was simply superb. His 29 points and quick little jumper at the end got the Friars past NYU 79-76. He scored 39 as cousin Bill Blair's tap-in overtook Illinois 81-79 in the final seconds. But he saved his best game for last. In the title match against Boston College, which earlier had beaten Colorado State 86-64 and Army 92-85, he just kept coming at the Eagles with his slick moves and shots until he had 50 points—to tie Oscar Robertson's Festival record—and Providence had a 91-86 victory. Boston College's 6-foot-8 Willie Wolters, whose stout rebounding and hook shots (for 26 points) had kept the Eagles in the game, said sadly, "It was frustrating to know he had the ball, was going to score, and yet you couldn't do anything about it."

In other holiday tournaments, COLUMBIA took Brown 83-63 in the Kodak City Classic at Rochester while DRAKE beat Holy Cross 65-52 in the Queen City at Buffalo.


1. UCLA (7-3)

Curiously, UCLA never once went to its famed zone press, even when mediocre Louisiana State challenged the Bruins in the opening round of the Los Angeles Classic. The Uclans won all right, 95-89, but Coach Johnny Wooden's strategy raised an eyebrow or two. The reason, however, was quite obvious when the Bruins played Purdue. Wooden had a new wrinkle ready for the unsuspecting Boilermakers. Mike Lynn and Doug McIntosh, the agile giants with killer instinct, were still up front to counter the inbounds pass, but big leaper Edgar Lacey was now playing opposite little Mike Warren, and Kenny Washington was the new safety man in the 2-2-1 zone press. The result was devastating. Under the zone's attack Purdue quickly lost its poise and then the ball game 82-70. In the final against old rival Southern California, a 74-72 surprise winner over unbeaten Vanderbilt, the blitzing Uclans forced the Trojans into 17 turnovers in the first half alone and smothered them 94-76. Washington, playing guard, hit 10 of 11 field-goal tries and scored 23 points. Even Wooden was impressed. "We're coming along fast," he admitted.

Although Syracuse failed to survive the opening round in Los Angeles, losing to VANDERBILT 113-98, Dave Bing, a lithe jump shooter with marvelous moves, was the hit of the tournament. He scored 46 points against Vandy, 25 as SYRACUSE trounced Northwestern 105-75 in the consolation semifinal, and 38 when the Orange beat St. John's 113-97 for fifth place. He earned the tourney's Most Valuable Player award.

Michigan's Dave Strack was depressed when his Wolverines lost to ARIZONA STATE 89-87 in the opening round of the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore. But Strack should have known that this is one tournament OREGON STATE always wins. The ball-control Beavers beat Air Force 53-42, Arizona State 56-46 and Stanford 62-46 to take the title for the 10th straight year.

San Francisco was an easy winner in the West Coast AC tournament, beating Santa Clara 76-65, Pacific 76-61 and Santa Barbara 86-79. SEATTLE defeated Texas 95-80 and Arizona 79-74 in the home-town American Legion Invitational while NEW MEXICO smashed Tulane 78-56 and Idaho 99-81 in the Lobo Invitational at Albuquerque, TULSA and St. Louis, two Missouri Valley teams, fought it out in Honolulu's Rainbow Classic. The Hurricanes won 70-64.


1. BRADLEY (10-1)
2. IOWA (8-1)
3. KANSAS (9-2)

It figured. In a season when unbeaten teams were fast becoming as rare as the two-handed set shot, INDIANA, a Big Ten squad going nowhere, suddenly upset undefeated Bradley 104-87. The Hoosiers just ran and ran, Butch Joyner, Gary Grieger and 6-foot 9-inch sophomore Center Dick Schrumpf shot and shot some more (for 71 points), and the Braves' 10-game streak went down the drain.

Meanwhile, a couple of dark horses were feeling their oats in the Midwest, LOYOLA of Chicago caught weary Minnesota at the end of a long, hard week and beat the Gophers 82-69 for its seventh straight victory. And, shades of the Big O, CINCINNATI was again playing like a challenger for the national championship. The Bearcats slowed down unbeaten Utah's fast break to a walk and trounced the Redskins 84-66; then they smothered Wake Forest 117-87 as slender Roland West poured in 39 points.

The question bothering everybody in the Big Eight tournament in Kansas City was how to stop KANSAS' 6-foot-11 Walt Wesley. Kansas State's 7-foot-1 Nick Pino played him one-on-one, and Wesley got 24 points as the Jayhawkers won 69-63. Iowa State triple-teamed him and he scored 20, so Kansas won 73-66. Then surprising NEBRASKA, in the finals for the first time in 20 years after beating Missouri 69-67 and Oklahoma 92-79, finally found a way. The Huskers surrounded Wesley with a pincers movement—muscular Coley Webb, six inches shorter, played behind him and another defender constantly sagged off to help on the ball side—and he got only eight points. But stopping Del Lewis, a 6-foot-1 guard with a bombsight outside shot, was another matter. When Lewis was not flipping in long-range jumpers—for 24 points—he was making himself a general nuisance to the harassed Huskers. At the same time, the Jayhawkers, too slow to play a full-court press, pressed relentlessly at half-court and the Huskers succumbed 71-61. "When you get discouraged," said Kansas Coach Ted Owens, "it's a player like Lewis who picks you up."

William & Mary tried a slowdown against DETROIT in the Motor City final, and about all it did was hold down the score. Dorie Murrey scored 26 points and snared 18 rebounds as the Titans won 80-65.


3. HOUSTON (6-4)

Oklahoma City's folksy Abe Lemons is one coach who wants his players running and gunning and never mind the deep thinking. The more they prance and dance up and down the court the better Abe likes it. So, naturally, he was delighted when Jerry Lee Wells, Jimmy (Weasel) Ware, Charley (Big Game) Hunter and the other swift Chiefs raced off to beat Bowling Green 103-77 and Rhode Island 101-89 in the first two rounds of the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City. But against Virginia Tech, a tough team that had reached the final by ball-hawking Texas A&M to death 101-74 and upsetting Wichita State 91-90 in the last seconds, Oklahoma City resorted to a most unlikely tactic. After Wells, who scored 30 points, and the elusive Ware, who picked off 19 rebounds, got the Chiefs a 90-86 lead with 5:04 to go, they suddenly went into a stall. While Oklahoma City fiddled, the frustrated Gobblers fouled, and the Chiefs took the game 99-90. Abe Lemons, however, was not exactly ecstatic. "We had trouble keeping things going," he complained, "but I guess I can't knock the way it turned out."

Hardly anyone, except for a few loyal home-town boosters, figured TEXAS WESTERN had a chance against Iowa when the two unbeaten teams got together in the Sun Carnival final at El Paso. But the determined Miners cut off Iowa's fast break with some tenacious defending, the Hawkeyes did not get a field goal for 10½ minutes and Texas Western led 40-19 at half time. That did it. Nevil Shed put in 17 points for the Miners, four Hawkeyes fouled out and Texas Western won easily 86-68.

One visitor to the Southwest had better luck, MIAMI of Ohio, a Mid-American contender, whipped Rutgers 80-69 and host Arkansas State 81-61 in the Arkansas State Invitational at Jonesboro.


1. DUKE (9-1)
2. KENTUCKY (8-0)
3. VANDERBILT (10-1)

It is abundantly clear that when the Atlantic Coast race gets going in earnest DUKE will be the team to beat. But the Blue Devils had Coach Vic Bubas wondering for a while last week. Obviously rusty after a 10-day layoff, they stumbled around like the jayvees before getting together to beat Notre Dame 95-73. They were a little sharper against Wake Forest. Bob Verga shot in 28 points, and the Blue Devils won 92-76. Still, Bubas was not happy. "We had to use the press," he pointed out.

Maryland, disappointing until now, may yet give Duke a run for the title. The Terps were hardly overwhelming in the Sugar Bowl, but they did beat Houston 69-68 and then handed Dayton its first defeat 77-75. Two other ACC contenders had their troubles, NORTH CAROLINA looked good enough to be a challenger while hustling past Princeton 75-61 and touring Utah 90-85, but then WEST VIRGINIA tumbled the Tar Heels 102-97. It was not just that the Mountaineers won, it was the way they did it. While Carl Head and Ron Williams bombed away for 25 points apiece, West Virginia covered Carolina's sharpshooter, Bobby Lewis, with a box-and-one and held him to 12 points, NORTH CAROLINA STATE managed to get by West Virginia 94-77, but then the Wolfpack was trapped by UTAH 85-72.

Kentucky also got a shot at Notre Dame, and the Wildcats looked good enough to put a sly grin on Coach Adolph Rupp's weathered face. With 18,000 unaccountably jammed into Louisville's Freedom Hall for the game, the Wildcats poured it on the poor Irish 103-69 as Pat Riley fired in 36 points and Louie Dampier scored 26.

Louisville came out of the Hurricane Classic in Miami with its pride hurt but a winner nevertheless. The Cards, after out-scoring Georgia Tech 54-48 in a slowdown, barely caught Miami 85-84 in overtime on Wade Houston's long jumper at the buzzer. Back home, Louisville beat St. Louis 84-80 as big Westley Unseld got 29 points and 22 rebounds.

DePaul's affable Ray Meyer lost his composure—and his unbeaten record—in the Gator Bowl at Jacksonville. Aroused by referees' calls that cost his Blue Demons three players on fouls and the game to FLORIDA 72-64, Meyer screamed, "This is ridiculous. You invite us to a tournament and then have this kind of officiating." It was no comfort to Meyer, of course, but PENN STATE, another visitor, edged Alabama 68-66 and Florida 54-52 to take the title.

Navy shook up Davidson, 65-60, in the Charlotte Invitational, but the Middies were no match for PRINCETON in the final and lost 62-47.

PHOTOPERFECT BLOCK by Mike Lynn foils shot by USC's Jim Marsh (51) in Los Angeles Classic final game. Resurgent UCLA won easily 94-76.

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