Two neighbors from Arlington Heights, Ill., DePaul Coach Ray Meyer and his prize sophomore, 6'11" Dave Corzine, particularly enjoyed a Blue Demons' 78-76 upset at Louisville. The win was Meyer's 513th—tops among active NCAA coaches—but it also marked one of the few times Corzine has dominated a first-class opponent. He put in 17 points, had 13 assists and blocked four shots to shut off Louisville's inside game. Another Chicago suburbanite, sophomore Joe Ponsetto, led DePaul's scorers with 28 points in an 83-72 victory over Drake.
Cincinnati defeated Biscayne 74-52 and Bowling Green 98-81, but Guard Hal Ward thinks the Bearcats picked up some bad habits during their summer tour of Australia. "We didn't have to play defense, and we took a lot of crazy shots," Ward says. "We're still taking them." Sophomore Center Robert Miller was a steadying influence with 42 points and 24 rebounds in the two games.
Kansas State's "Purple Pop Guns"—Guards Mike Evans and Chuckie Williams—combined for 41 points in a 71-61 defeat of Arizona. Their performances prompted losing Coach Fred Snowden to say, "Mike and Chuckie can play with anyone—at night, on the playground, barefoot—anytime." Missouri won its sixth straight 80-57 over South Dakota State behind Willie Smith's 30 points.
December 22, 1975
Oral Roberts got through what Coach Jerry Hale termed its "most crucial week ever" by defeating Murray State 90-58 at home and edging Tulsa 70-69 and previously unbeaten Southern Cal 83-80 on the road.
1. CINCINNATI (6-0)
2. LOUISVILLE (3-1)
Notre Dame, the only team with a nationwide TV network all its own, brought relief to coaches throughout the country by telecasting its game at Indiana. Although the Hoosiers won 63-60, the Irish showed that Indiana is not as indestructible as it looked against UCLA. Notre Dame, which once trailed by 14 points, had a chance for an upset until IU Guard Quinn Buckner made two free throws with 11 seconds left. The Irish held Center Kent Benson scoreless for the first 26 minutes of the game and had an edge in field goals and rebounding. But cool floor play by Buckner, 25-point scoring by Forward Scott May and a 34-16 Hoosier advantage in free throw attempts enabled Indiana to pull out the victory.
Purdue was beaten by Providence 66-59, its second loss without Guard Bruce Parkinson, who may miss the rest of the season after breaking his wrist against Rutgers. His presence might have solved a San Diego State press that helped the Aztecs score the game's last 15 points and overtake the Boilermakers 81-79. Michigan Guard Rickey Green had 27 points in a 91-82 defeat of South Carolina and Center Phil Hubbard scored 19 in a 106-80 rout of Dayton.
After losing its two opening games for the first time since 1926, Kentucky beat Miami of Ohio 91-69. Forward Jack Givens scored 31 points and Center Rick Robey set a school record by connecting on 11 of 12 shots. Auburn squeezed past South Florida 79-78 behind Guard Eddie Johnson's 28 points and Alabama had four players in double figures in a 76-62 defeat of Middle Tennessee.
"The key to the game was I got a haircut," said—who else?—Marquette's Al McGuire after his Warriors managed their first impressive performance of the season, an 80-59 defeat of Drake. Reason? "The players listen to me more since I don't look so wild."
1. INDIANA (3-0)
2. MARQUETTE (3-0)
Rutgers and St. John's enjoyed exceptional weeks. The Scarlet Knights took on three teams—Boston College, Penn and Connecticut—whose combined records were 62-24 last year. Result? None came within a dozen points of them. Rutgers is probably the fastest team in the country and has five players capable of scoring 20 points in any game. A peek at the Knights' schedule reveals they already have played—and beaten—their best opponents. An undefeated regular-season record would not be surprising.
BERN, ERN & IRV—YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE LEFT HOME read one of the signs welcoming transplanted New Yorkers Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld and Irv Chatman back to the Big Apple for Tennessee's game with St. John's. When the Redmen finished with the Vols, the Tennessee threesome must have been ready to agree. In a 79-70 St. John's victory, outside shooting by Glen Williams, George Johnson and Beaver Smith cut Tennessee's zone defense to ribbons, and hustling defense stopped the Vols' fast break and held Grunfeld to only six baskets in 17 attempts. Chatman, a freshman, seemed lost during a brief appearance as a sub. But King was excellent as usual, scoring 24 points and collecting 17 rebounds. St. John's continued winning at the Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah. The Redmen beat Tulsa 78-62 and took the title game over host Brigham Young 78-65 as 5'10" Guard Frank Alagia was the unanimous choice for MVP.
North Carolina smashed Kentucky 90-77 and, at one point, Tar Heel Coach Dean Smith came off the bench for a fist-shaking, jaw-to-jaw confrontation with the Wildcats' mild-mannered Joe Hall. Three men fouled out on each side in a game that Carolina Center Mitch Kupchak said "ranks right up there in roughness with the one we played with the Russians." Maryland crushed Boston U. 122-82 and Georgia Tech 93-65.
North Carolina State, which plays nine of its first 13 games at home and four others on a "neutral" court in Greensboro, N.C., took its fourth straight 109-94 over Western Carolina as Forward Kenny Carr upped his scoring average to 29.3.
Villanova snapped Princeton's 16-game winning streak, the longest among major college teams, 51-49.
1. MARYLAND (5-0)
2. NO. CAROLINA (4-0)
San Francisco lost the first of two games in Hawaii 81-80, but for once no one blamed the referees. A Missouri Valley Conference official joined a Hawaiian ref in working the contest, and the Dons actually shot more free throws than the Rainbows. USF could not stop 7-foot Tommy Barker (23 points) or sophomore Guard Henry Hollingsworth (24), and Hawaii freshman Reggie Carter kept his team's offense moving with 19 assists. The next night USF's 6'6" guard, Marlon Redmond, scored 30 points and freshman Forward James Hardy hit a jumper at the end of the second overtime to win the rematch for the Dons 105-103.
Disappointing Arizona stretched its losing streak to three by falling to Nevada-Las Vegas 98-94 and Idaho State 87-82. The Wildcats pulled out of their slump with an 83-81 victory over SMU, but they needed Bob Elliott's three-point play with 1:40 left to do it. Arizona State also faced SMU and Idaho State, and came away with a pair of wins, 88-85 over the Mustangs and 82-81 over the Bengals.
Las Vegas stretched its record to 6-0 in a 122-82 shootout with South Alabama while UTEP's weak offense limped to a 53-48 decision over West Texas State.
Unbeaten Washington got 28 points from Clarence Ramsey and 21 more from 7-foot James Edwards in trouncing Montana State 113-79. UCLA was idle.
1. UCLA (2-1)
2. SAN FRANCISCO (5-1)