Patience paid off for Texas Tech when it faced favored Kansas State at home. Slowly but surely the Raiders found chinks in the Wildcat zone, then calmly worked the ball inside to Rick Bullock, who poured in 32 points as Tech pulled off the week's biggest upset 66-58. The Raiders outrebounded the Wildcats 33-29 and held K-State's rapid-fire guards, Mike Evans and Chuckie Williams, to a total of 33 points.
Louisville's task at Memphis State seemed easier when Tiger star Dexter Reed was suspended indefinitely on the eve of the game after getting into a shouting-shoving match with Coach Wayne Yates. But State got 26 points from Bill Cook, zone-pressed the Cardinals into 26 turnovers and was behind by only a point with 1:53 to go. Then the Tigers threw the ball away three times, Phil Bond scored two breakaway layups and Louisville came out ahead 79-74. Foul trouble limited the Cards' Wesley Cox to 11 minutes of playing time, but his replacement, freshman Larry Williams, compensated by grabbing 14 rebounds.
Cincinnati, too, had to get along without a regular, leading rebounder Mike Jones, who had a hamstring pull. He was hardly missed against Cleveland State, as Center Bob Miller and Guard Steve Collier scored all their 42 points on field goals, Miller putting in 11 of 13 and Collier 10 of 16 as the Bearcats romped 98-65.
December 8, 1975
After his players missed 13 of 29 foul shots against Colorado, New Mexico Coach Norm Ellenberger said, "Instead of practicing free throws tomorrow I'm having their throats massaged. We just choked." Nevertheless, the Lobos put the noose around the Buffaloes' necks for a 78-75 victory.
1. CINCINNATI (1-0)
2. LOUISVILLE (1-0)
It was tune-up time for most of the top teams as they toyed with soft-touch opponents. Although outclassed by Maryland, East Carolina had upset ambitions, and with 8:20 left in the first half trailed only 28-24. This did not please Terrapin Coach Lefty Driesell, who disbanded his heralded three-guard offense so he could bring in both his new big men. 6'10" Larry Gibson and 6'8" Lawrence Boston. With those two sweeping the boards, the Terps got their fast break going and spurted to a 64-41 halftime lead. When it was all over, Maryland was on top 127-84, Boston finishing with 17 rebounds and Gibson with 14. John Lucas had 24 points and Steve Sheppard, who sank 12 of 14 field-goal attempts, 28. "I see an opponent getting down and I jump on him," Sheppard said. "As soon as I see that fear in their face, my eyes light up. I saw that tonight. If a team is weak, we should take advantage of it because there are going to be times when we can't score, can't rebound, can't do anything."
Howard University got 30 points from Ellsworth Hart as it tried to surprise North Carolina. But Phil Ford set a Tar Heel record with 14 assists, Mitch Kupchak and Tom LaGarde combined for 44 points, and Carolina prevailed 115-75.
Austin Peay tripped Syracuse 93-83 in the opening round of the IPTAY Invitational at Clemson, S.C. Sammy Drummer had 25 points and Otis Howard 23 for the Governors. Clemson, with Tree Rollins stretching his limbs to pull in 22 rebounds, took its first-round game from Harvard 78-64. In the finale, the Governors squeezed past Clemson 87-81 in overtime with Guard Charlie Fish-back scoring 27 points.
Other winners were St. John's and Massachusetts, the host teams at the Joe Lapchick Memorial and the Hall of Fame tournaments, respectively. The Redmen stopped Colgate 74-51 and Manhattan 79-72; the Minutemen defeated Ohio U. 95-82 and Niagara 92-81.
Princeton put down Drexel 67-48, and Providence knocked off Stonehill 102-76 and Brown 71-51.
1. MARYLAND (1-0)
2. NO. CAROLINA (1-0)
In the first minute of the Louisiana Classic title game with California a flying elbow knocked LSU Guard Kenny Higgs cold. Higgs quickly revived and got in a few licks himself, especially when he triggered a 62-second splurge that resulted in nine points for the Tigers. Higgs hit a corner shot, turned a steal into another basket, picked off an in-bounds pass and fed it to Don Newman for a three-point play and wrapped up the streak with a 20-footer of his own. Higgs finished with 30 points and the Tigers controlled the boards 52-43 as LSU surprised Cal 85-68. Higgs had 21 points in an opening-round 109-73 defeat of CCNY, while Cal had to rally to overhaul Loyola of Chicago 93-75. Leading the offense for the Golden Bears was freshman Guard Gene Ransom, who tossed in a total of 39 points.
Ernie Grunfeld pumped in 28 points and Mike Jackson 23, and Bernard King had 16 points and 23 rebounds as Tennessee defeated Biscayne 81-63. But another Southeastern Conference power, Georgia, was upended by Georgia Tech 59-57.
Butler upset the Big Ten's Ohio State 70-67 as Wayne Burris scored four points in the final 27 seconds. Purdue needed a second-half rally to get past Xavier 81-64. Boilermaker Tom Scheffler, a pinball fanatic who hones his game at an off-campus emporium called Pete's Palace, lit up the scoreboard with 17 points.
Notre Dame led Kent State only 38-33 at halftime but pulled away for a 90-61 triumph. Adrian Dantley contributed 25 points for the Irish.
1. INDIANA (1-0)
2. MARQUETTE (0-0)
"That guy with the goatee impressed me more than the tall kid," said UC-Santa Barbara Coach Ralph Barkey after a 98-66 loss to San Francisco. Bearded freshman James Hardy had 16 points and 10 rebounds. The "tall kid" was seven-foot Bill Cartwright, another of the Dons' talented freshmen. Cartwright had 15 points and eight rebounds but admitted, "I wasn't aggressive. I should have gone to the offensive boards more." San Francisco then stomped UC-Davis 90-70, though Cartwright scored just six points and Hardy only nine.
Arizona's frontcourt combination of Bob Elliott and Al Fleming shot down Oregon State 96-67. Elliott had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Fleming 17 and 14. At Nevada-Las Vegas the next night, State used its fast break to pull in front 22-10. That caused Rebel Coach Jerry Tarkanian, who always chews a towel during games, to do some furious munching. Then the Rebels shut off the Beavers' running game, out-rebounded them 64-36 and won 96-85. Guard Rocky Smith canned 17 of 23 shots in a losing cause.
Texas-El Paso Coach Don Haskins was worried that his star, Center Gary Brewster, might have trouble with his back, which he injured last summer while water-skiing. Brewster put Haskins' mind at ease with 19 points in a 68-57 win over Houston Baptist and with 11-for-13 shooting in a 75-54 defeat of Midwestern State.
Southern Cal disposed of Loyola of Los Angeles 94-77, and Washington downed Seattle 72-66.
1. UCLA (0-1)
2. SAN FRANCISCO (2-0)