Indiana rooters are certainly not fed up with their team, but they are becoming fed up because of it. Aware that two local McDonald's offer free hamburgers and French fries when the Hoosiers limit a foe to fewer than 50 points, fans screamed, "Burgers! Burgers! Burgers!" during a game against Michigan. The Wolverines' famine (they lost 74-48, their lowest point total in 14 years) led to a feed for more than 5,000 Hoosier rooters. Later in the week Scott May had 23 points and 17 rebounds as Indiana fattened up on Iowa 79-56, even if its fans did not.
A few hours before facing Auburn, Tennessee officials decided to bench their team's lop scorer, Bernard King, pending an investigation of changes made in his high school transcript. Auburn, too, was minus its No. 1 point-getter, Eddie Johnson, who had a bum ankle. But Auburn got 14 points from both Dan Cox, who had scored just two points all season, and from Wayne Bracy, a freshman guard starting his first game. That was enough to shade the Volunteers 62-59. Later found blameless, King returned to action against Alabama. But he had an off night (14 points), and the Tide rolled 71-65. Alabama, which also bopped Vanderbilt 86-72, thus remained tied for the Southeastern Conference lead with Kentucky. LSU, a loser by 35 points at Lexington last month, fell 77-76 to the Wildcats at Baton Rouge. Glenn Hansen of LSU, who did not play against Kentucky the first time because he was ailing, almost made winners of the Tigers by scoring 28 points. In four games since recuperating from early-season miseries (influenza, a cracked rib, a bruised neck and a broken nose), Hansen has had 120 points. Later, Kentucky beat Georgia 75-61.
Michigan State bumped Notre Dame 76-73 despite 31 points by Adrian Dantley. Next time out Dantley was held to 10, but Don Williams (16) and Bill Paterno (14) found just enough cracks in South Carolina's zone to have Irish eyes smiling again with a 66-65 overtime victory.
February 17, 1975
"It was like a butcher shop out there at times," said Marquette Coach Al McGuire after a 69-63 win at Wisconsin. Bo Ellis of the Warriors, off form in the first half, put on a fine second-half performance. Ellis finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds and limited Dale Koehler, who had 38 points in his previous outing, to 14 points, just three in the second half. Marquette then beat Xavier 78-55.
"Gr. Valley St."—that's the way a Detroit opponent was listed in the NCAA Guide. One wag wondered, "Does Gr. stand for Great, Green, Greek, Group or Grass?" Well, it stands for Grand, the school is in Allendale, Mich. and the Lakers had a 15-5 record. Titan Coach Dick Vitale knew already: "They average 90 points a game, and we scouted them three times." Detroit went out and had a gr. time, winning 101-74.
Centenary, which earlier this season beat Dartmouth by 36 points and Texas by 25, rambled past Northwestern Louisiana 101-81 as Robert Parish collected 27 points and 21 rebounds. That made the Gents 18-3, with their three losses coming by a total of five points.
1. INDIANA (22-0)
2. KENTUCKY (17-2)
A shot in the back gave North Carolina a shot in the arm. Center Mitch Kupchak was expected to be bedridden for two days after being injected with a steroid to relieve his aches, but he felt so well that he played the next day and had 16 points and 13 rebounds in a 79-72 win over stubborn South Florida. Kupchak added 41 more points as the Tar Heels disposed of Furman 86-81 and Georgia Tech 111-81. David Thompson amassed 105 points as North Carolina State eased past Clemson 92-89, Georgia Tech 101-66 and Furman 102-87. Maryland beat Virginia 86-79, Fordham 65-46 and Duke 104-80, becoming the first visiting team lo go over the century mark in 35 years of basketball at Durham's Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Penn's Ron Haigler, who says he would rather teach high school English than play pro ball, made Ivy League foes wish he had taken his syntax elsewhere. Haigler scored 55 points as the Quakers zonked Cornell 83-64 and Columbia 113-69.
La Salle Coach Paul Westhead refers to Donn Wilber as Super Swooper. Others liken the 6'10" redhead to Bill Walton. By any name Wilber was imposing as he poured in 26 points in an 80-63 win over Drexel.
Boston College trailed by 10 points at Massachusetts where, with 8:23 to go, the lights went out. When power was restored BC spurted but was still left in the dark 80-71.
Lafayette (17-3), which already had surprise wins over Rutgers and Princeton, defeated Colgate 66-65 and Gettysburg 103-68.
1. MARYLAND (17-3)
2. N.C. STATE (16-3)
After playing 12 consecutive games, and 14 of 16 that were not settled until the final 30 seconds, Tulsa Coach Ken Hayes had a right to worry. Especially with Louisville coming to town. Said Hayes: "Ecstasy to agony. Roses to raspberries. You come up with theories, but they don't hold water." At long last, though, Hayes seemed to have come up with a watertight plan, for his Golden Hurricanes moved ahead of the Cardinals by 13 points early in the second half. Then Louisville put in a cascade of shots to pull to within one point with 1:30 left. Tulsa hung tough, however, and upset Louisville 82-77 with the aid of 26 points by Ken (Grasshopper) Smith. Louisville also struggled with Wichita State, but won 62-57.
Kansas beat Nebraska 72-44 and, with Rick Suttle coming off the bench to get 20 points and 15 rebounds, stopped Oklahoma 69-54. In that first game Nebraska Coach Joe Cipriano, enraged by a referee's call, felt he had a beef coming. What he got were three technicals for storming the floor, ripping off his jacket and berating the official. Two other Big Eight coaches stood tall—and were also given Ts because they did so in violation of the rule against rising while the clock is in motion. They were Ken Trickey of Iowa State and Joe Ramsey of Oklahoma in a game won by the Sooners 91-89. For the seventh game in a row Hercle (Poison) Ivy of the Cyclones had more than 30 points (32 this time), but the Sooners scratched back to win behind Alvan Adams' 30. Kansas State throttled Missouri 91-81 as Carl Gerlach hit nine of 10 field-goal tries and Mike Evans had 26 points. The Wildcats also beat Oklahoma State 87-74, Chuckie Williams getting 26 of his 32 points in the second half.
Arkansas tied Texas A&M for first place in the Southwest Conference, defeating the Aggies 95-89 in double overtime.
1. LOUISVILLE (16-2)
2. MEMPHIS ST. (16-4)
Ten years ago last Saturday Wayne Estes scored 48 points as Utah State stopped Denver. Before that night ended, Estes had been tragically electrocuted. Thus, when Denver played at State again last Saturday, there were poignant memories of Estes, who still holds 18 Aggie records. With Rich Haws scoring 25 points, the Aggies won 87-81 for their 10th victory in a row.
1. UCLA (17-2)
2. ARIZONA STATE (17-2)