Overshadowing Indiana's 83-82 win over Purdue, which clinched the Big Ten title, was the loss of Scott May, the Hoosiers' No. 1 scorer. May fractured his left arm early in the contest and he is expected to be out three to six weeks. Three weeks would be all right for Indiana, which begins NCAA tournament play on March 15, but six weeks could be disastrous, since the tourney would be over. With May out of the lineup, Steve Green sparked the Hoosiers to their first win at Purdue since 1963 by scoring 29 points. He sank 13 of 15 shots, hardly touching the rim the whole time. In its first game of the week, Indiana paddled Wisconsin 93-58.
Bill Robinzine and Dave Corzine. The names of these DePaul players are sheer poetry, especially to Blue Demon fans after DePaul upset Notre Dame 75-70. Robinzine scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds; Corzine's totals were 13 and 18. DePaul's 2-1-2 zone was also a vital factor, helping to limit Adrian Dantley to 19 points.
Bo Ellis scored 24 points as Marquette beat Butler 77-55. He had 19 more in a 68-65 decision over South Carolina that gave the Warriors their ninth straight 20-win season.
Utah State journeyed south and ran its winning streak to 13 by bopping New Orleans 96-90. But then the Aggies were shocked 94-87 by Southern Mississippi, which had lost to Pan American 97-78.
1. INDIANA (26-0)
2. KENTUCKY (20-3)
North Carolina State's David Thompson was noticed mostly by his absence against Clemson. With Thompson fouling out after playing only 15:59 and scoring 15 points, the Wolfpack folded, lost 92-70 and fell into a tie with the Tigers for second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Freshman Guard Skip Wise popped in 30 points for Clemson. Earlier, State had toppled Duke 92-78. The Wolf-pack's split, plus Maryland's 70-51 conquest of Virginia, solidified the Terps' grasp on first place and prompted them to celebrate their victory over the Cavaliers with a postgame water-pistol shoot-out.
Before the season, Virginia Coach Terry Holland said, "If we ever get in a position where I have a freshman at the foul line with a chance to win the game, I'd want him to be Dave Koesters." Against North Carolina, Holland got his wish. Koesters made three free throws in the last 15 seconds and the Cavaliers knocked the Tar Heels out of the ACC race 65-62.
Marquette Coach Al McGuire and a Madison Square Garden fan both let Fordham know their feelings during a game won by the Warriors 101-64. "What's that about a palsy schedule we play?" yelled McGuire at the Ram bench in retaliation to a reputed comment by Fordham Coach Hal Wissel. Then the rooter added his reaction to the debacle by tossing a large striped bass on the court.
"We catch fire like that," said Phil Sellers of Rutgers after a 96-82 win over LaSalle. Trailing 54-39 with 17:34 to go, the Scarlet Knights burned the Explorers with a rally that included a 16-0 scoring burst. Mike Dabney led Rutgers with 31 points and Sellers added 25. Both teams lost earlier games, LaSalle at American U. (68-62) and Rutgers at St. Bonaventure (93-91).
In the biggest upset of the season in New England, Rhode Island zonked Providence 79-69. Holy Cross, the team that has improved more than any other in the country since last season, beat New Hampshire 96-85. That gave the Crusaders, who were 8-18 a year ago, a 17-4 record. But then Boston College came to town and sprang an 87-77 upset on them as Bob Carrington scored 23 points.
1. MARYLAND (19-3)
2. N.C. STATE (19-4)
Before facing UCLA at home, Washington Coach Marv Harshman complained about "a big knot in my stomach." His pains were quickly alleviated when he saw his Huskies hand the Bruins their worst loss (103-81) in 11 seasons. Larry Jackson, who came off the bench to score 27 points, and Clarence Ramsey, who tossed in 22, were Washington's big guns. Larry Pounds augmented his 18-point effort by holding UCLA's high-scoring Dave Meyers to just 11. Two nights earlier the Huskies had surprised USC 89-88 as Ramsey totaled 30 points and Jackson, in another off-the-bench performance, 22. Washington State ran its perfect Pacific Eight mark to 0-11 with losses to UCLA (69-61) and USC (81-68). Moving to within one game of UCLA was Oregon State, which drubbed Stanford 76-69 and Cal 68-54.
Utah State defeated Oral Roberts 91-83 as Jimmy Moore scored 27 points.
1. UCLA (20-3)
2. ARIZONA STATE (20-3)
Louisville, riding on a sudden wave of enthusiasm, turned a near disaster into a victory, won three times and virtually locked up the Missouri Valley title. The Cardinals' tear began amid boos from their fans as they went to the locker room at the half trailing a 9-11 St. Louis team by 15 points. During the intermission, Coach Denny Crum asked for volunteers to start the second half. He chose the first five to raise their hands, and then watched in dismay as the Billikens stretched their lead to 59-36. The boos became louder. Crum called a time-out, ordered Louisville into an all-court defense and sat down to watch an abrupt awakening by the Cardinals, who have been winning while napping most of the season. Bottled up for the remaining 12½ minutes by Louisville's press, St. Louis managed only nine more points. While the Billikens stumbled, the Cardinals rumbled, rushing back for a 75-68 win. In its next game, Louisville defeated Wichita State 85-76 as Wesley Cox erupted from his season-long lethargy. Cox, a many-splendored freshman center a year ago but a dud much of this season as a forward, hit on 15 of 16 field-goal tries and had 32 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Two days later Louisville stung Tulsa 104-79 as Cox found the range for 21 points.
"If they control the boards, they can run over us," said Kansas State Coach Jack Hartman before taking on Kansas. His worst fears became a reality as the Jayhawks controlled the boards 50-22 and put on a hit-and-run demonstration. Kansas repeatedly scored a basket, ran downcourt, grabbed a rebound after a wild Wildcat shot and converted it into another two-pointer. The Jay-hawks, who have been alternately torrid and tepid this season, defeated State 91-53, the widest margin in the intrastate series since Kansas won 50-12 in 1908. Jayhawk Center Rick Suttle was on target with 12 of 15 field-goal attempts, finished with 26 points and held Carl Gerlach, who had a 10-point average, to one. That left the teams deadlocked for the Big Eight lead. Three days earlier, State had taken a one-game advantage, holding off Nebraska 65-64 while Missouri jolted Kansas 87-72.
Before Guard Dexter Reed was hurt, Memphis State was 6-0. While he was sidelined, the Tigers incurred all four of their losses. Since Reed's return last month, State again has been all-victorious. It ran its latest streak to nine by defeating Tulsa 88-80 as Reed scored 17 points.
Texas A&M held on to first in the Southwest Conference by smothering Baylor 62-55 and Rice 99-66.
Creighton ran its winning streak to 14 games by beating St. Thomas 90-54 and Air Force 76-53.
1. LOUISVILLE (20-2)
2. MEMPHIS ST. (19-4)