1. LOUISVILLE (3-0)
2. NORTH CAROLINA (3-0)
3. VANDERBILT (4-0)
Everybody knows that visitors almost never win in Lexington, but ILLINOIS missed the message. Rick Jones and Deon Flessner cracked Kentucky's man-to-man defense for 32 points in the first half and, when the Wildcats went to a 1-3-1, the Illini guards played cat-and-mouse with them. Despite 40 points by Kentucky sharpshooter Louie Dampier, Illinois won 98-97 on Jones's two foul shots in overtime. The result left Coach Adolph Rupp steaming, mostly because Forward Pat Riley was whistled for three fouls within 32 seconds in the first half and sat out for 25 minutes. "I never saw anything like it," said Rupp. "I was almost getting disgusted with the refereeing."
Two nights later it was Illinois' Harry Combes who was disgusted. His team had WEST VIRGINIA in an 88-88 tie—quite a feat in Morgantown—when Dave Reaser fired a jump shot at the buzzer. "Too late," screamed Combes. "Too bad," said the officials. The Mountaineers won 90-88.
December 19, 1966
A "Hokie" that got away came back to taunt Virginia Tech. Paul Long, who transferred to WAKE FOREST when Coach Howie Shannon arrived in Blacksburg three years ago, scored 28 points, the last eight in overtime, to beat Tech 78-75. Long was just as hot against VANDERBILT—he scored 36—but Wake Forest's defense fell apart as Vandy's Bob Warren and Tom Hagan went on a spree. Warren got 30 points, Hagan 26 and Vanderbilt won easily 88-82.
North Carolina, with Bob Lewis dealing out 10 assists, 6-foot-11 Rusty Clark dragging down 19 rebounds and Larry Miller shooting in 28 points, trounced Tulane 92-69. North Carolina State tried a slowdown against MARYLAND, but it failed as State got only one field goal in the last 17:54 and lost 54-38. But the Terps had troubles, too. SOUTH CAROLINA'S Jack Thompson stole the ball from Maryland with a minute to play, was fouled and then made both shots to win for the Gamecocks 65-63.
Louisville rolled over Southwestern Louisiana 107-68 but Southern Illinois, collapsing around Louisville's Westley Unseld (who still had 21 points and 28 rebounds) and working adroitly for the good shot, gave the Cards a time. Louisville finally won 70-66 on sophomore Butch Beard's five points in a second overtime. WESTERN KENTUCKY beat Tampa easily 123-57.
1. MICHIGAN STATE (4-0)
2. KANSAS (5-0)
3. CINCINNATI (3-0)
It is different at MICHIGAN, now that Cazzie Russell is no longer stomping the rickety boards of old Yost Field House. Coach Dave Strack, in fact, is willing to settle for upsets, and last week he pulled off two doozies. Taller Houston outrebounded Michigan 80-40, but the Cougars shot miserably, and the peppery Wolverines stole off with an 86-75 win. Then they went after Davidson's big men with a darting, stabbing press that forced the Wildcats into 19 errors. Sophomore Dennis Stewart, benched for sleeping through a Strack meeting, came in to score 22 points, and Michigan won again 71-68. "We outquicked them," said Strack. But the Wolverines were themselves outquicked by BOWLING GREEN, 90-83.
Northwestern and Kentucky went at it like pros, trading baskets furiously. Northwestern, however, had only one Jim Burns; Kentucky had Louie Dampier and Pat Riley. Burns got 34 points, Riley 33, Dampier 32 and Riley's two free throws with two seconds to go won it for the Wildcats 118-116.
With Coach John Benington trying desperately to soft pedal his team's potential, MICHIGAN STATE continued to roll. Even after the Spartans smashed South Dakota 81-54 and Wichita State 103-68, Benington was saying, "It was misleading. We aren't really that good."
Kansas, in a big week, murdered Ohio State 94-70, then swept Florida State 62-48 and Baylor 68-56 in two Sunflower double-headers. In the other halves, KANSAS STATE beat Baylor 77-70 and FSU 81-58. NEBRASKA put its biggest men on Pacific's Keith Swagerty, socked the Tigers with a cloying full-court press and beat them 90-78.
Cincinnati, allowing well-coached Miami of Ohio to force it into a control game, had to go into overtime to win 45-44. BRADLEY whipped Murray State 108-85 and USC 102-97 as Joe Allen scored 45 points, LOYOLA of Chicago and DAYTON looked to be the best of the midwestern independents. Loyola battered North Dakota 103-79 and Illinois Wesleyan 89-68 while Dayton beat Miami of Ohio 80-71 and Eastern Kentucky 104-82.
1. BOSTON COLLEGE (4-0)
2. ST. JOHN'S (2-0)
3. PROVIDENCE (3-0)
La Salle's young team learned the hard facts of basketball life at NIAGARA. Outrebounded by the eager Eagles—Manny Leaks pulled down 25—the Explorers fell into 11 charging fouls when Niagara stayed back on defense. The Eagles wrecked La Salle's zone, used three shuttling guards to hold Hubie Marshall to 13 points and won 72-69.
Boston College was still winning, but not with ease. Little Fairfield had the Eagles by 11 at half time before Steve Adelman, who scored 26 points, pulled BC away to a 93-76 victory. It took a while, too, before Boston's fast break did in Connecticut, 87-69. PROVIDENCE also had problems but Jimmy Walker, as usual, solved them. He got 22 points to lead the Friars past stubborn Brown 76-72 and 29 more as Providence licked St. Francis (N.Y.) 72-62. ST. JOHN'S proved too much for Holy Cross as Sonny Dove piled up 24 points during a 77-60 win, and YALE was just as tough on the Crusaders, beating them 90-73.
New York's first Madison Square Garden doubleheader was a dismal flop for the home teams, NAVY outscored Manhattan 73-68, while MARQUETTE whipped NYU 79-63. But Marquette went down in Philadelphia's noisy Palestra when it was upset 80-78 by VILLANOVA on sophomore Frank Gillen's shot with eight seconds to go. TEMPLE and ST. JOSEPH'S were still unbeaten. The Owls took Lehigh 71-50, Scranton 92-68 and Canisius 74-72; St. Joe's won over Georgetown 86-82 and St. Francis (Pa.) 83-71.
Syracuse, using a tough zone press, ran over Cornell 99-67 and Army 86-63, while RUTGERS overpowered Colgate 118-75 (a school record) as Bob Lloyd ran his consecutive foul shot streak to 29. PRINCETON played slowdown with Villanova and won 48-37, then played quick-up with Colgate, winning 110-72.
1. TEXAS WESTERN (5-0)
2. HOUSTON (4-1)
3. TEXAS (3-1)
Texas Western Coach Don Haskins, piqued by his team's lackadaisical attitude, began throwing his considerable weight around last week. He suspended backcourt star Bobby Joe Hill "indefinitely"—for failing to turn in his grade card, Haskins said—and the Miners overwhelmed East Texas State 61-30. Hill, however, was back for tough little Pan American, and a good thing, too. The Broncs shot 80% in the first 10 minutes of the second half and at one time had an eight-point lead. The Miners eventually squeaked through 67-65. Two nights later in Dallas SMU harassed Texas Western with a 2-1-2 zone that shut off the middle. But little Willie Worsley stampeded the Mustangs with his good outside shooting, giving "Daddy D" Lattin room to maneuver (he got 21 points), and the Miners won their fifth straight, 71-62. "We handled the ball better," conceded Haskins.
There was some solace for SMU, a shaky SWC favorite. Down by 13 points at the half, the Mustangs rallied in an earlier game to beat Oklahoma City 81-78 on three foul shots by Denny Holman in the last 11 seconds. It shook up Oklahoma City's Abe Lemons, who observed mournfully, "This is the sorriest team I've ever had."
Independent HOUSTON, penitent after its loss to Michigan, whipped Southwest Louisiana 98-81 and Hawaii 93-59.
1. UCLA (3-0)
2. NEW MEXICO (4-0)
3. BRIGHAM YOUNG (3-0)
The other AAWU teams could hardly take hope from the way Lewie Alcindor and his UCLA colleagues smashed Duke 88-54 and 107-87 (page 42), but they were sharpening up for the race for second place, WASHINGTON STATE, expected to lead the also-rans, showed fire power in a 116-79 bombing of Montana State while CALIFORNIA, playing Coach Rene Herrerias' new running game, downed Oklahoma 108-81 for a school record and then reverted to its old ways to beat San Francisco 59-51. Defending champion OREGON STATE, playing the disciplined defense and ball-control game Coach Paul Valenti prefers, beat Portland 64-44 as 6-foot-5 Loy Peterson scored 22 points.
Idaho State Coach Claude Retherford raised a storm when his team was called for goal-tending against OREGON. He was banned from the bench and his Bengals took a 107-68 pasting. Was he angry later? No, philosophical. "The officials called a good game," said Retherford calmly, "but there seemed to be a personality clash between us."
New Mexico's Bob King went back to his old reliable 1-3-1 control offense, and it beat Loyola of Los Angeles 77-59. But Texas Tech had the Lobos 33-28 at half time. Then point-man Don Hoover began getting the ball to Mel Daniels and Frank Judge. Daniels got 25 points, Judge 19 and New Mexico pulled ahead 80-59. But the Lobos may be in for trouble in the Western AC. BRIGHAM YOUNG, running hard, pressing relentlessly and with its big men sweeping the boards (they got 77 rebounds against St. Mary's), took Denver 87-64 and the Gaels 108-57. Utah went down for the first time, to COLORADO 93-89, but WYOMING upset Nebraska 102-98 before losing to TULSA 91-87 in overtime. The Hurricanes also surprised Colorado State 77-64. ARIZONA STATE upset Creighton 75-69.
Utah State Coach LaDell Andersen was worried. His Aggies were winning but they were losing the battle of the boards to everybody. So, against Loyola of L.A. he moved 7-foot Larry Bunce from a high to a low post. The big fellow improved his rebounding and triggered a fast break that trounced the Lions 112-66.