For all its famed hospitality, Kentucky has never been very friendly to visiting basketball teams. At least that was the way it was until Dayton's Flyers swooped down on the Bluegrass State last week and came away chanting My Old Kentucky Home. Coach Don Donoher's team first smashed Louisville's 25-game home-court winning streak by pasting the Cardinals 72-56. With four sophomores in the starting lineup, Louisville lost a seven-point first-half lead and could not overcome the tenacious Dayton defense or its disciplined offense. While Ken May popped in 21 points for the Flyers, the Cardinals missed 54 of 80 shots and Center Mike Grosso, the only upperclassman on the starting five, rarely handled the ball. He scored a career low of four points. Dayton later defeated Eastern Kentucky 67-63, proving that the best of the Bluegrass teams, the University of Kentucky (page 22), better watch out. The Flyers' next two games are this weekend in the Wildcats' annual Christmas tournament.
Another underrated Ohio team stayed in the state and had a doubly good time. For the second consecutive week Ohio University, which defeated Purdue only seven days earlier, throttled one of the Big Ten's best. To add to the fun, the victim this time was intrastate rival Ohio State, which fell 82-80 in Columbus. The Bobcats, who had never defeated the Buckeyes before, beat OSU at what in the past has often been the bigger school's game, depth and muscle. Ohio U. led in rebounds 39-37 and solid Guard John Canine scored 25 points. But losing Coach Fred Taylor hit the main reason for the surprising outcome when he said, "They got 23 points from their bench, we got nothing. They're a very confident team that doesn't fear foul trouble because they have enough depth and also enough flexibility." The OSU loss left Illinois as the only undefeated Big Ten contender. The Illini stopped Depauw 91-57 and Creighton 57-51.
LSU Coach Press Maravich was asked several weeks ago what he thought his chances were in the Southeastern Conference and he replied to the reporter, "How much of a chance have you got with Raquel Welch?" Doubtless the sportswriter's possibilities have not improved since then, but LSU's have—dramatically. The Tigers defeated Loyola of New Orleans 100-87 and Tulane 97-91 last week to remain unbeaten, and also came up with an important SEC victory by knocking off Vanderbilt 109-66. Pete Maravich set a league record of 61 points in that game and still was not the whole story for LSU. Fighting under the backboards with Vandy's 7'4" Steve Turner, the Tigers' 6'6" Al (Little Apple) Sanders came out ahead in rebounds 17-5 and in courage, too. Sanders had several stitches in his head at halftime to close a laceration opened during the first-period skirmishing and finally had to be sent from the court by the referee with 1:47 left in the game because the cut was opened and bleeding again.
December 22, 1969
Rudy Tomjanovich scored 32 points as Michigan upset Marquette 86-78 and Michigan State's sophomore Ralph Simpson had 42 in the Spartans' 86-71 win over Western Michigan. Another high scorer was Notre Dame's Austin Carr, who led the way as the Irish increased their record to 5-0. Carr poured in 42 points to break his own court record at Notre Dame's Athletic and Convocation Center in a 112-92 victory over Northern Illinois. Against St. Louis the 6'4" guard put the Irish back in the game after they fell behind 6-0 by popping in 11 consecutive points. Notre Dame's pressure defense, sparked by Mike O'Connell's steals and rebounding by slender Collis Jones, gave the Irish a 65-53 win.
Purdue won twice, 100-64 over Butler and 116-95 over Idaho State, but suffered a severe jolt when Rick Mount limped off the court with a knee injury in the first half of the Butler game. The Rocket is expected to be out of the lineup for at least two weeks.
2. OHIO U. (3-0)
There is a tradition at Nebraska that the home fans do not sit down until the Cornhuskers score their first points of the game. Last week against Duquesne the crowd barely had risen for the opening tap before it was down again and watching its team shoot away to an upset victory 82-77. From the time that Tom Scantlebury took the tip-off and drove directly in for a basket until Marv Stewart arched in a 35-footer at the buzzer to finish the first period, the Huskers put together what Coach Joe Cipriano called "the best half I can remember." Nebraska led 44-26 at intermission and then relied on Stewart's three driving layups in the closing minutes of the game to head off a Duquesne comeback. The Dukes scored four more field goals than Nebraska but lost the game at the free-throw line as they committed 27 fouls. The Cornhuskers were not as sharp in the Bluebonnet Classic where they dropped their opening-round game 112-82 to host Houston, which now has won the tournament eight years straight. The Cougars remained unbeaten by defeating Kent State in the final 74-66.
Big Eight favorite Colorado picked up easy wins over outmanned Texas Tech 75-56 and Evansville 97-66, but strong competition is brewing for the league race beginning after Christmas. St. Louis attempted to slow down on Missouri's speedsters and still lost 66-61. The Tigers also defeated Northern Michigan 105-70. Henry Iba's Oklahoma Staters rolled up a pair of point totals that not long ago would have nauseated their defense-minded coach. The Cowboys broke a school scoring record in a 96-73 victory over MacMurray and then Bob Buck's rebound shot with one second to play topped Trinity 80-78. Kansas was a double winner, too, scoring 76-60 over Wisconsin and 72-71 over Loyola of Chicago.
Cincinnati's 56-55 decision over Miami (O.) left Redskin Coach Taylor Locke so angry that he threatened economic sanctions against one of the referees. Holding the Bearcats scoreless for the final 2:38 of the game, Miami looked ready to move ahead when 5'7" Guard Mike Wren was called for an offensive foul while driving to the basket. The ref making the call was Russ Kaefer, who also sells sporting goods to Miami. "Never before have I blamed officials publicly for anything," said Locke. "But this year I'm sour grapes. That bald-headed striped shirt has sold us a lot of equipment. He'll never get another sale from me."
Georgia Tech roamed into Texas with its unbeaten record and caught Rice on an off night. The Owls were bad from the field, hitting 34.3% of their shots, and relatively much worse from the foul line. They scored on 38.8% of their free throws as Tech won 87-57. The Yellow Jackets turned just as chilly themselves at SMU. They went 5:04 without scoring a point and the Mustangs ran off to a 77-67 win, their first of the season. Seemingly the only shooter in Texas not running hot and cold was Baylor's William Chatmon. A transfer from Tyler JC, Chatmon hit eight of 10 field-goal attempts and totaled 25 points in the Bears' 98-79 victory against Texas at Arlington. In his next game, a 95-68 Baylor win over Southwestern Louisiana State, Chatmon scored 36 points, including 15 of 19 from the field.
Mistakenly called "the world's smallest starting guard" by Bradley fans who obviously have not watched many junior high games lately, 5'4" Frank Sylvester is nonetheless a big reason for the Braves' surprising early-season success. Bradley enjoyed a 90-59 romp over South Dakota but ran into stiff competition against Indiana State. The Braves won 74-73 to remain undefeated after five games and Sylvester provided some unexpected spark. Along with his nine assists, the junior tied for the team lead in rebounds with six.
1. COLORADO (5-1)
2. HOUSTON (5-0)
Before the season began, Jacksonville Assistant Coach Tom Wasdin said that with 7'2" Artis Gilmore and 7' Pembroke Burrows III both in the starting lineup the Dolphins would be at least a "helluva conversation piece." Now unbeaten in four games, Jacksonville is causing plenty of talk, and none of it is mere chitchat. Even though the victories were against weak opposition, they have been onesided enough to be impressive. Led by Gilmore, an awkward junior college transfer who has shown rapid improvement, Jacksonville rolled up two easy victories last week, 102-65 over Mercer and 130-65 over Biscayne College. Against the Bears Gilmore scored 34 points, grabbed 32 rebounds and blocked nine shots. Against Biscayne he added 24 points and 30 rebounds.
Also matched with weak opponents, Calvin Murphy and Niagara went from feast to near famine. The Purple Eagles bumped Thomas More 99-77 with Murphy scoring 49 points, but had unexpected trouble with Buffalo State. Niagara thrice lost 13-point leads to the Orangemen and needed five foul shots by Murphy in the last 41 seconds to pick up an 83-80 win. Three nights later LIU limited Murphy to 28 points in the Eagles' 61-56 come-from-behind victory. With Niagara trailing by as many as eight points in the first half, the fans began using some unrefined language on the referees. Then Coach Frank Layden decided to discipline the crowd. Sounding the buzzer and grabbing the microphone, he said, "Listen, we brought LIU here as our guest. These are competent officials. If I hear any more language like I just heard, we'll stop the game and give it to LIU. Stop acting like animals."
After crushing Erskine 95-44, South Carolina ran into slowdown tactics by East Carolina and Virginia, but still won 68-49 and 62-51. "I imagine we'll see this 10 or 11 more times," said Gamecock Coach Frank McGuire after his team shot only 38 times against the Cavaliers. If Virginia's near success is any indication, low-key offense may hit South Carolina's weakness. The Gamecocks are too big for most teams to contest them for rebounds, but they lack quickness. The slowdown negates their strong rebounding by allowing them only a minimum of shots.
The Cavaliers also lost to Penn 84-53, but that did not satisfy Quaker Coach Dick Harter. "We still haven't played 40 minutes yet," he said. "I guess we played 30 minutes in this one." Penn made up for all that lost time in its next game against Ivy rival Princeton. Committing only nine turnovers, the Quakers defeated the Tigers, who were playing without injured league-scoring champ Jeff Petrie, 85-62. Sophomore Bob Morse and junior Guard Steve Bilsky each scored 25 points for the Quakers, with Bilsky connecting on 17 of 18 free throws. Columbia, the other Ivy League contender, remained undefeated with wins of 61-42 over Rutgers, 92-68 over Holy Cross and 75-67 over Cornell.
Yale did not promise to score many victories this season; the latest round of infighting between the NCAA and AAU suggests the Elis may end up with none at all. A Yale sub, 6'8" junior Jack Langer, played in the Maccabiah Games last summer in Israel with the approval of his school. The NCAA, which in previous years permitted participation in the games, barred college players this year as part of its hassle with the AAU over control of American participation in international amateur basketball competition. Last September the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference declared Langer ineligible in line with NCAA rulings on the Maccabiah Games, but Yale insisted he would play. After Langer made appearances in the Elis' first two games, both losses for Yale, the ECAC issued a "cease and desist" order. That night Langer played 11 minutes and scored six points against Brown as the Elis won 75-65. The decision for disciplinary action in the case is scheduled for January, at which time Yale could be forced to forfeit all its games.
1. DAVIDSON (2-0)
2. S. CAROLINA (4-1)
It is hard to believe, but if UCLA continues its fiery pace on both offense and defense the opposition may soon begin yearning for the good old days of Lew Alcindor. After two big wins last week—127-69 over Miami (Fla.) to set a school scoring record and 99-54 over Texas for Coach John Wooden's 500th collegiate victory—the Bruins were producing 12.3 more points per game and allowing just one more this year than they did last season with Alcindor. Scrambling at both ends of the court the way it did with its quick, small national champs of 1964 and 1965, UCLA was breaking games open with deadly, lopsided bursts. Against Miami, the Bruins put together a 17-1 streak midway through the first period and added a 16-6 surge to open the second half. Texas was stunned by a 21-7 first-half binge and then knocked out in the second period when the Bruins stifled the Longhorns with their zone press and scored 18 consecutive points.
Even though New Mexico State's victories were not as one-sided as UCLA's, they were certainly more satisfying. The Aggies became the first team ever to win three games in one week on the road against members of the Western Athletic Conference, a league where visitors contend with rattlesnakes, Gila monsters and venomous fans as they travel through the mountains and deserts. State's week ended with gritty wins at Brigham Young (80-78 in overtime) and Arizona State (94-88), but it was the week's opener, 90-83 over New Mexico, that was the best victory. "I've been waiting three years for this one," said Aggie star Jimmy Collins, whose team has never won a regular-season game at the Lobos' 3-year-old University Arena. Collins' totals made all the waiting worthwhile as he hit 11 of 19 field-goal attempts and four of four free throws for 26 points.
When Seattle visited Southern Cal, the Chieftains looked like the team with all the weaknesses. Their tallest starter stood only 6'5½" and they had none of those flashy young stars of which the Trojans seem to have a pair at each position. But Seattle Coach Morris Buckwalter, who had closely scouted USC, knew the Trojans had some soft spots, too, particularly in their zone defense. While his tough man-to-man forced USC to commit 16 turnovers and take low-percentage, long-range shots, Buckwalter used his scrappy guards, Tom Little (21 points) and Don Edwards (16), to take advantage of the previously unbeaten Trojans' "areas of weakness." The Chieftains won 74-70. Buckwalter refused to tell where the Trojans' failings lay, so Southern Cal was able to come back the next night with a 70-59 victory over Iowa State. Seattle also defeated Montana State 87-74 but lost to Pacific 100-89.
It will be difficult for Washington, an almost unnoticed dark horse in the Pacific Eight, to hide anymore. Tex Winter's defense-minded Huskies trapped high-scoring, high-flying Utah State with surprising ease 90-61. The Aggies arrived in Seattle without a loss in five games and with a 105-point scoring average. Washington shot them down right from the start, allowing the Utes only 25 points in the first half, and improved its record to 4-0. Even more frightening for future Huskies' opponents is the fact that the team's best player, 6'9 l/2" sophomore Steve Hawes, has yet to start a game because Winter is staying with his five regulars from a year ago. Coming off the bench against the Aggies, Hawes pulled down 16 rebounds and scored 16 points. Prior to their unhappy encounter with the Huskies, Utah State ripped St. Peter's 125-108 and West Texas State 112-87.
It is called the Cable Car Classic, but the only tradition the 3-year-old San Francisco tournament has is that Santa Clara always wins it. The Broncos defeated the University of San Francisco in the opening round 70-49 and took the championship over California 58-52. Dennis Awtrey led Santa Clara with 19 points in the final, while Ralph Ogden had 15.
1. NEW MEXICO ST. (6-0)
2. UCLA (4-0)