Maryland, ranked 18th, invaded fifth-ranked North Carolina. It was the first time heralded sophomore Tom McMillen had been in Chapel Hill since he decided not to go there for his freshman year. Preparing himself for the expected raucous nonwelcome in N.C.'s Carmichael Auditorium, McMillen said: "You've got to be oblivious of the crowd, even if there's an atomic holocaust." Teammate Len Elmore told him, "We're going to let you walk out there by yourself. Ain't nobody wants to stand next to you." All wasted. Chapel Hill down-psyched Maryland. When McMillen was introduced, he got a standing ovation. Then Bill Chamberlain took over. Giving away five inches, he fronted McMillen, batting away passes and blocking two shots. At halftime McMillen was one for four and Maryland was down 15. At the end, the best percentage-shooting team in the country was ahead of the second best 92-72.
Ernie (The Garbageman) Fleming muttered, "How can you get fired up for a game like this?" as Jacksonville toyed with little Stetson 107-82. Then he thrashed high-ranked Florida State as Jacksonville won again, 84-82. But he did his real damage against St. Peter's: 59 points as the Dolphins won 132-100.
Virginia had the week off. It played Johns Hopkins and won 112-70. Southwestern Louisiana beat Trinity 90-67, but Los Angeles State upset the Ragin' Cajuns 99-88.
February 7, 1972
Against LSU, the shortest man ever to play for Adolph Rupp—5'10" sophomore Ronnie Lyons—had another tall night. His ball thefts, dribbling and needlework passing set up an 89-71 win to keep Kentucky's SEC title hopes alive. Jim Andrews led UK with 27 points and Guard Stan Key had 22. Kentucky also garroted Vanderbilt 106-80 as Andrews scored 34 points, hitting 14 of 17 shots. "We fronted him, we played behind him, we doubled up on him," said Vandy's Roy Skinner. "No use." Rupp gave the crowd a thrill by putting in Safetyman Darryl Bishop, who had returned an intercepted pass for a touchdown on the last play of the game to beat Vanderbilt 14-7 in November. Bishop scored another six points.
"There just isn't such a thing as an easy game in the Southeastern Conference anymore," Ray Mears said after Tennessee eked out a 79-77 nail-biter over Alabama. The Volunteers were behind by nine points until 7-foot sophomore Len Kosmalski hit nine baskets in the second half.
1. N. CAROLINA (13-2)
2. S. CAROLINA (12-3)
Penn's victories and Princeton's two losses captured most attention in the East, but South Carolina, still predominantly a New York team, impressed its subway alumni with a thoroughgoing rout of Fordham in Madison Square Garden, 100-77. "I'd rather win here than any other place," Gamecock Coach Frank McGuire said. "This is where you make the news." Tom Riker, South Carolina's 6'10" forward, still mending a broken bone in his shooting hand, scored a career high of 42 points. He missed only two of 11 shots in the first half and scored on all 10 in the second half. Fordham had previously beaten Army 81-71.
St. John's, reviving after days of travail, blitzed Dartmouth with its fast break, then added backboard control and a shot percentage of 59, a combination more than enough to guarantee the demise of the Indians, 100-66. The urban Redmen also barbered Hofstra 72-64. Duquesne, winning again, jammed Xavier 65-57 with a neatly balanced attack and, led by Ruben Montanez' 20 points, beat Army 69-62.
Villanova tucked away St. Bonaventure (which later squeaked past Niagara 76-73) with an 87-72 victory in its phone-booth gym and swept past DePaul 94-83. Temple lost to Syracuse 84-77 in overtime.
1. PENN (12-2)
2. PROVIDENCE (13-2)
UCLA and Marquette traded off playing Loyola and Notre Dame and the homegrown cannon fodder got stuffed, as expected, in all four games. Except that Marquette's big guns sometimes misfired. Despite the presence of Marquette's 6'11" Jim Chones, Loyola consistently went inside to Larue Martin, who contributed 19 points to the Ramblers' 38-31 halftime lead. Nat Hayes scored 17 in the same span and both players were equally effective in the second half. At game's end, Martin with 32 points and Hayes with 24 had all but 11 of Loyola's total; still, Marquette, applying more inside pressure as the game wore on, had the victory 69-67. Against Notre Dame, which two years before had dumped Marquette out of the NCAA regional and into the NIT with a double-overtime win, the Milwaukeeans also fell behind in the first half, this time by nine points. "Go back, go back, go back to the NIT," the gleeful Irish chanted. The way the Warriors responded, it seemed for a while that they might not even make it back home. Then they pulled themselves together in the first minutes of the second half and won 71-62. UCLA, on the other hand, impaled Loyola 92-64 and, ignoring Notre Dame's deep and endless freeze, won its 31st consecutive victory easily 57-32.
At Chicago Stadium, Northern Illinois put its 11-game winning streak on the line against South Carolina. That proved a mistake. Tom Riker collected 34 points, and the Huskies just never did penetrate S.C.'s twilight zone until it was too late, hitting only eight shots out of 32 first-half attempts as they lost 83-72. Earlier, Northern Illinois dealt Central Michigan its worst defeat in eight years 93-64 and took Western Michigan 106-96.
Louisville set the stage for a rematch with Bradley by running down North Texas State 95-72 and wearing down deliberate St. Louis 77-59. Forewarned, the running Braves arrived in Louisville with a rare stall—it lasted 12 minutes—giving Card Coach Denny Crum and television men fits. With 14 seconds remaining, Bradley still was within two points of Louisville, but the Cardinals hung on for a 52-46 win, their 15th straight.
Illinois, which had shot only 37% in its last three games, wrecked Notre Dame 81-59 after Coach Harv Schmidt drilled the Illini for two straight weeks on shot selection and execution. Marshall's usually dangerous Thundering Herd had trouble with surprising Morris Harvey, winning finally 78-68.
Missouri's Old Gold Tigers blew out Colorado 79-67, and Nebraska's Joe Cipriano demonstrated anew that not for nothing is he called Slippery Joe. His Cornhuskers eased by Oklahoma State 64-63, but then were eased by Kansas 57-55 on Fred Bosilevac's layup at the buzzer.
High-scoring Oral Roberts outran Louisiana Tech, second-ranked college-division team, 109-104 and smashed Lamar 109-95.
1. MARQUETTE (16-0)
2. LOUISVILLE (15-1)
After upsetting California last week and the University of San Francisco 69-65 this week, turned-around San Jose State came within two seconds of humiliating national power Long Beach. Guard Johnnie Skinner led the Spartans with 23 points and appeared the hero of the game until Long Beach's Ed Ratleff sank two free throws to snatch a 73-72 reprieve from disaster. Ratleff got 43 more points in the 49ers' next game, but they were 18 too few as Long Beach lost to Pacific 104-86.
USC fell on hard times. Visiting Providence got away with a 70-66 victory on Wednesday night as Ernie DiGregorio scored 27 points and Marvin Barnes got 21. Worse, the next night Seattle shocked the Trojans 65-64.
The only thing rocky about Brigham Young's road trip to Colorado State and Wyoming was the mountain range it had to cross. With Yugoslav Kresimir Cosic, Canadian Phil Tollestrup and Finn Kalevi Sarkalahti smoothing the way, the Cougars climbed past CSU 75-68 and Wyoming 101-74.
Hawaii defeated Redlands 106-49 on Friday and 84-50 on Saturday. The excitement of the week came when sub Jim Wienstroer, the only Rainbow who had not yet scored, got his first point of the season.
Washington reached a 13-3 record, its best at this stage of the season since 1953, by beating Seattle 91-79 and Oregon State 86-73. Quick senior Guard Charles Dudley shut off OSU's Freddie Boyd with 11 points while scoring 19 himself. Steve Hawes added 22 and Louie Nelson 20. Against Seattle, Dudley scored 24 points while holding Gary Ladd to eight. This time Hawes scored 25 and Nelson 21. Meanwhile, Oregon upset Oregon State 72-70.
Texas-El Paso chopped up Arizona State 70-49, dominating the game so completely that ASU's high scorer was Dave Hullman with 10 points.
1. UCLA (16-0)
2. LONG BEACH STATE (16-2)