Kentucky appeared lethargic in its opener, a 115-100 win at Northwestern, but the Wildcats came to life back home in Lexington. Two-time All-SEC Guard Mike Casey, who missed last season because of a broken leg, took charge again and helped hold off Michigan 104-93. Michigan sophomore Henry Wilmore hit 17 of 21 shots. "We couldn't stop him and not many people will," said the Wildcats' Adolph Rupp.
It was a big week for Virginia. First, the Cavaliers won the Virginia Big Five Tournament, beating VMI 81-52 and Virginia Tech 68-59. Then they upset Duke for the third straight year, 75-70. "Maybe this strikes a new mood for Virginia basketball," said elated Coach Bill Gibson. Earlier in the week Duke beat Princeton 79-75. Coach Pete Carril of Princeton was hit by two technical fouls for leaving his bench, but Duke's Bucky Waters avoided trouble, mainly because of a bright blue seat belt strapped around him. "I thought I'd get a double hernia," he said, "but I stayed down."
Auburn's John Mengelt scored 104 points in the Tigers' 93-87 win over Louisiana Tech, 86-69 loss to South Carolina and 91-85 win over North Carolina State. "John is a good Catholic boy," said South Carolina's Frank McGuire, "and he's the best one-on-one player I've seen in a long time."
December 14, 1970
1. S. CAROLINA (2-0)
2. JACKSONVILLE (2-0)
Jacksonville's debut in Madison Square Garden merely proved that, given uncontested shots, two teams can cripple the fastest scorekeeper in the land with writer's cramp. JU beat St. Peter's 152-106 as 7'2" Artis Gilmore scored 28 points and took 34 rebounds, but JU newcomer Harold Fox was the best player on the floor, with 29 points and 11 assists. The Dolphins also slaughtered Biscayne 132-88 during the week and were off to a flying start toward their hoped-for rematch with UCLA in the NCAA Tournament.
"I want them to look like good clean-cut all-American athletes," said Villanova's Jack Kraft, one of those coaches who think a sideburn is when you bump your hip against a hot stove. He ordered his players to comply or else. "I guess I'm getting a haircut," said 6'5" Guard Chris Ford. Then the well-groomed Wildcats went out and drubbed Philadelphia Textile 91-71. Ford scored six points in overtime against visiting Princeton, but Princeton's own Brian Taylor had just as much to do with the outcome. He had 25 points with seven minutes left when he was ejected for arguing with a referee. The Tigers lost 81-75.
Penn had a spectacular display of first-half shooting (21 of 37) in its 85-71 win over Rutgers, then weathered an annoying stall to beat stubborn Navy 59-45. "They have an awfully good second and third team, too," said Rutgers Coach Bill Foster.
St. John's got 50 points from two sophomores, Mel Davis and Bill Schaeffer, in an 83-75 win over American University. Harvard beat Dartmouth 89-78, but Dartmouth's James Brown outscored Harvard's James Brown 20-14.
1. PENN (2-0)
2. VILLANOVA (2-0)
The best confrontations of the week were in South Bend: Notre Dame vs. South Carolina and Austin Carr vs. the visitors' John Roche. The Irish rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to tie the game twice, but Carolina pulled ahead again to win 85-82. Gamecock Center Tom Riker had four three-point plays, the last breaking a 58-58 tie. Roche handled the ball well, outscored Carr 32-27 and put in all 16 of his free throws. The loss was a blow to the many Midwest coaches who think the Atlantic Coast Conference is overrated.
A bomb scare at Kansas' Allen Field House proved to be unfounded, and the only damage was to visiting Long Beach State. The high-ranked 49ers committed five fouls in the first four minutes, missed 19 of their first 20 shots, made 18 turnovers in the first half and twice moved into the lane too soon on foul shots. Better organized in the second half, Long Beach managed to lose by only 69-52. "I know we're better than that," said stunned losing Coach Jerry Tarkanian. "At least I hope we are, or it could be the most disastrous season in history."
Illinois Coach Harv Schmidt said his team was going to run and score more this season, and that is what happened in its opening 113-102 defeat of Butler. But Schmidt did not mean for his men to forget defense. When asked after the game if he wanted to see the scorebook he said, "No! I never want to see that many points against us." Four nights later, still at home, the Illini collapsed against Oklahoma in the second half, making as many turnovers as baskets (10), and were upset 74-72 when Paul Crowell tipped in a rebound one second before the buzzer.
Marquette demolished St. John's (Minn.) 87-58 and St. Louis 95-72. Undermanned Kansas State slowed it up and stayed close all the way, but Indiana got 26 points from sophomore George McGinnis and won 75-72. Purdue was knocked off twice, 100-98 by Tulsa in overtime and 84-82 by Indiana State. It was the Sycamores' first win over Purdue in 19 games and 68 years.
1. MARQUETTE (2-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (1-1)
UCLA Forwards Curtis Rowe and Sidney Wicks were about 15 minutes late for the pregame meal, so Coach John Wooden decided "to let them rest awhile" against Rice. After almost 10 minutes the Owls were ahead 27-24 and Wooden decided the two seniors had rested enough. Less than four minutes after he unleashed them UCLA was in command and went on to boil Rice 124-78. The night before the victim was Baylor, 108-77. "It will take a combination of the New York Knickerbockers and the Milwaukee Bucks to dethrone them," said Baylor Coach Bill Menefee.
Oregon, perhaps UCLA's strongest Pacific Eight rival, played unselfishly and well in romping over San Jose State 95-65, Portland 76-54 and Texas Tech 96-81. Duck Center Stan Love drew raves for his defense and scoring (77 points in the three games).
While Oregon had fun at home, USC survived a hazardous road trip. The Trojans, impressive in their 90-81 victory at Utah, then had their hands full with USF's 6'11" center, Ron Dahms. Earlier in the week Dahms was so nervous and inept against Stanford that he was benched after seven minutes and did not return. Against USC he had 25 points and 27 rebounds, but the Trojans eked out a double-overtime 83-80 win on Paul Westphal's clutch free throws.
West Texas State tried to seal off Weber State Center Willie Sojourner with variously shaped zone defenses, but senior Curt Nations and sophomore Brady Small scored well from outside to spoil the strategy. Weber won 73-63. It still will have stiff competition in the Big Sky race—from Montana State, for instance, which upset Washington 90-89 in overtime. The stars for the Grizzlies were Willie Weeks, an Indian, and 6'4" transfer Bill Lewis.
Ralph Miller's debut as coach of Oregon State was successful as the Beavers beat Oklahoma State twice, 69-63 and 84-76. California split on the road, spoiling Arizona's home opener 87-79 and losing to New Mexico 82-62.
1. UCLA (2-0)
2. USC (2-0)