1. PROVIDENCE (12-1)
2. ST. JOHN'S (10-3)
3. ST. JOSEPH'S (13-3)
The first thing a small but typically noisy band of St. Joseph's rooters did when they trooped into St. John's Alumni Hall last week was to unfurl the inevitable banner: THE HAWK FLIES HIGHER THAN THE DOVE. As it turned out, ST. JOHN'S skinny 6-foot-7 Sonny Dove flew higher than any Hawk. He scored 28 points, picked off 24 rebounds and, along with 6-foot-6 Bobby McIntyre and 6-foot-7 sophomore Rudy Bogad, took the boards away from smaller St. Joe's. What's more, the Redmen surprisingly—and easily—solved the Hawks' multiple defenses, including their usually effective presses. St. John's strategy was impeccable. Against the presses, hustling little Al Swartz moved right into the double team and then quickly passed off to the free man. Against the zones, Swartz got the ball to Dove and McIntyre (he scored 25 points) in the corners, and they shot over the frustrated Hawks. Even St. Joe's man-to-man was no problem.
Meanwhile, St. John's own sturdy man-to-man defense held flashy playmaker Matt Guokas and the other Hawks down until the Redmen made their move midway in the second half. Then Dove, McIntyre and Swartz pulled St. John's away for a startling 82-72 upset. When it was all over, first-year Coach Lou Carnesecca could hardly contain himself. "They were fantastic, the greatest," he gushed. St. Joseph's Jack Ramsay had no excuses. "They handled pressure better than we thought they could," he admitted. "They just beat us all the way."
St. Joseph's game was better when the Hawks got back to Philadelphia's Palestra. Guokas' skillful passes were back on target; Cliff Anderson, the 6-foot-4 jumping jack, consistently plucked away rebounds from Penn's taller players and scored 23 points; Billy Oakes flipped in 19 and St. Joe's beat the stubborn Quakers 79-69. TEMPLE, the other Philly hotshot, put sophomore Clarence Brookins in the backcourt against Manhattan and he got the Owls moving. The meticulous Jaspers, playing their beautifully disciplined pattern offense, had Temple in a 52-52 tie with 10 minutes to go. But Brookins and big Jim Williams rattled off 10 quick points and that finished off Manhattan. Temple, now 14-2, won 76-66.
Some other eastern independents also bolstered their already substantial records. FAIRFIELD (12-1) trounced Southern Connecticut 90-58 for its 12th straight; PENN STATE (10-3) beat Pitt 66-62; ST. BONAVENTURE (10-3) edged Canisius 80-76; ARMY (10-4) ran over Colgate 97-60; DUQUESNE (9-4) sneaked past La Salle 79-77; RUTGERS (8-3) defeated Fordham 62-57.
Providence was idle but Coach Joe Mullaney took the opportunity to dispel some notions about his Friars. "We're not the fourth-best team in the country," he said, referring to Providence's rating in the national polls. "We're not even as good as we were last year. But I'd like to get one thing straight. We've got a good team, not a one-man gang. Jimmy Walker does what he's supposed to do. He's not really any better than he was last year—it's just that we have to call on him more." And, Mullaney might have added, it is a pleasure.
1. DUKE (14-1)
2. KENTUCKY (12-0)
3. VANDERBILT (14-2)
While unbeaten Kentucky and Vanderbilt rested, a couple of SEC rivals jockeyed for position behind them. But Tennessee, once considered a likely challenger, was just about out of the race. The Vols, for all their precise gamesmanship, lost their fourth league game, to AUBURN 51-46. The Tigers went along with Tennessee's deliberate style and played it even better than the Vols. Tee Faircloth, Ronnie Quick and Lee Defore simply beat Tennessee to the boards and the basket. Auburn took Alabama, too, 90-71, for third place behind Vanderbilt while FLORIDA, a 65-52 winner over Georgia, and idle Mississippi State also had one loss apiece.
It was a sad week all around for Georgia. The Bulldogs, who beat old rival Georgia Tech by 11 points in December, were no match for the vengeful Jackets this time. GEORGIA TECH's good sophomores, especially Phil Wagner and Pete Thorne, who scored 41 points between them, ran, shot and pressed furiously to destroy Georgia 89-56. "The most enjoyable victory I've ever had over Georgia," said Tech's Whack Hyder, who then explained, "I didn't pour it on. I was just scared to let up." That was small consolation for Georgia's Ken Rosemond. "I didn't say anything about pouring it on," he said, "but I had a fifth-grade teacher who said a hit dog always hollers." Tech, however, got it from TENNESSEE. The Vols came back to throttle the Jackets 83-48.
The ACC, with almost everybody paying strict attention to exams, was quiet. Only Clemson ventured out for a game and the Tigers were sorry about that. Clemson gave VIRGINIA TECH, the best of the southern independents, a tussle but lost 90-87 when Gobbler sub Don Brown developed a hot hand—he hit 11 of 13 field-goal tries—and Wayne Mallard, another reserve, scored the last basket. WESTERN KENTUCKY, the Ohio Valley leader, got caught up in a slowdown by Morehead, but won anyway, 45-35.
Louisville, with 6-foot-8 sophomore Wes Unseld outscoring and outrebounding Dayton's 6-foot-11 Henry Finkel, shot down the Flyers 94-77. Unseld was even better against CINCINNATI—25 points and 27 rebounds—but all to no avail. Cincy's quick little Dean Foster won the game 67-65 with a wild driving hook shot in the last second. "He won't make another shot like that in 10 years," groaned Louisville's disappointed Peck Hickman.
1. MICHIGAN (10-4)
2. KANSAS (14-3)
3. CINCINNATI (13-2)
The Big Ten had a familiar look. MICHIGAN was in first place, chiefly because Coach Dave Strack wisely decided that there is no game like an old game. Against Minnesota, the Wolverines went back to crashing the boards and karate-chopping anyone foolish enough to stray into the terrain once known around the conference as Bloody Nose Lane. Front-liners Jim Meyers, Oliver Darden and John Clawson snapped up 48 rebounds, Cazzie Russell, despite a muscle spasm in his back, threw in 40 points and the Gophers went down 97-85. Minnesota's Lou Hudson, playing with a cast that covered his right arm from thumb to elbow, and Archie Clark both had a go at trying to stop Russell, but he got away from them. Did Hudson's cast bother Russell? "Louie was very nice to me," said Cazzie. "He didn't hit me at all. And when he held me he used his right hand."
Along with Michigan's return to eminence came the disillusionment of Iowa and Michigan State. INDIANA caught the Hawkeyes flat and beat them 73-61. But IOWA came right back, pressing hard, and stopped Michigan State 90-76. Spartan Coach John Benington was shocked. "This just wasn't the same team I saw against Indiana," he said sadly.
Nebraska Coach Joe Cipriano, who has steadfastly insisted that his only objective is to win 13 games this year, can quit right now. When his surprising Huskers beat Kansas 83-75 and Oklahoma 86-78 he had his quota. Nebraska also had the Big Eight lead and a good shot at its first title in 16 years. But Cipriano still worries about KANSAS, which recovered nicely to whip Kansas State 69-61 (page 42). He has to play the Jayhawkers again, at Lawrence.
All of a sudden CINCINNATI was in and Bradley almost out of the Missouri Valley race. Tulsa still had the lead, but Cincy was the team to beat after the way it manhandled the Braves 85-69. Mike Rolfes, a 6-foot-6 center, and sophomore John Howard broke the game open for the 'Cats with a 13-point splurge in the first half, and after that Bradley never had a chance. Rolfes finished with 21 points, Howard had 20 and Roland West, who must be the best rebounding guard in the country (he had 148 in the first 14 games), got 17. DRAKE, another MVC upsetter, surprised Wichita State 79-72 in overtime.
Miami of Ohio was running away from the field in the Mid-American Conference. The Redskins rolled over Western Michigan 88-70 and Kent State 58-43 to take a 2½-game lead over Bowling Green. Loyola of Chicago, the best of the Midwestern independents, did not play, but DAYTON did and the Flyers took Western Kentucky 77-57. DETROIT outran Villanova 101-94 and edged Toledo 76-74, while DEPAUL, after beating Niagara 81-61 in Niagara Falls, trounced Loyola of Los Angeles 84-60 at home. But Creighton, in a so-so season, lost to OKLAHOMA CITY 98-95.
1. TEXAS WESTERN (12-0)
2. OKLAHOMA CITY (13-3)
3. HOUSTON (10-4)
Life in the Southwest Conference was anything but serene last week. There were the usual dark looks, clenched fists and grim muscling when the Farmers (Texas A&M) and the Teasippers (Texas) got together in Austin. And there was almost a major upset, too. For a half, the Texas players acted more like tough bourbon sippers. They hounded the Farmers with a tight press and led 42-29. Then TEXAS A&M got a zone press of its own going, John Beasley shot in 22 points and the Aggies won 64-57 to hold the SWC lead.
Southern Methodist left Dallas in a snowstorm and had to be rescued by the local fire department when its overnight train ran into frozen water pipes in Snyder, Texas. The Mustangs finally arrived in Lubbock only two hours before game time and then their troubles really started. Dub Malaise, TEXAS TECH's wispy little playmaker, tantalized them with 29 points, a flock of steals and slick passes to driving Bob Glover, who scored 27, and the Raiders won 100-83.
Independent HOUSTON, hardly drawing a deep breath, squashed St. Mary's of San Antonio 109-53.
1. SAN FRANCISCO (12-2)
2. UCLA (10-4)
3. UTAH (13-3)
While the AAWU and the WCAC favorites, UCLA and San Francisco, were idled by exams, the Dons took a big loss anyway. Coach Pete Peletta's job finally gave way to his ulcers, and the school announced he would quit at the end of the season to become full-time athletic director. His replacement: Assistant Phil Vukicevich.
Oregon and Oregon State, their rivalry so fanatical that they play each other four times a year, split two nonconference games. The Beavers took an early 14-point lead at Corvallis, controlled the boards and won going away 62-46. "When a team like State gets ahead of you, well, you pay the penalty," said Webfoot Coach Steve Belko.
So the next afternoon at Eugene, Belko moved 6-foot-4 Jim Barnett from forward back to his accustomed guard spot, got some more height into the lineup and never let Oregon State get the big lead. In a game that was tied 12 times with 17 lead changes, Barnett scored 21 points and Oregon won 61-60. WASHINGTON STATE took out its frustrations in league play with a 115-91 pounding of visiting Idaho.
Brigham Young bounced back from two road losses, rolling it up against Utah State 115-81 as Dick Nemelka and Steve Kramer scored 49 points. "Fair-weather fans didn't think we played well on the road," said the Cougars' Stan Watts. "We went out to show them." Another avenger was WYOMING. Remembering an earlier defeat, the Cowboys knocked off Colorado State 70-55 and held Lonnie Wright to nine points. ARIZONA beat Arizona State 68-65, while WAC leader UTAH, living it up on a Hawaiian tour, beat two service teams and Hawaii U.