Phil Ford had North Carolina rooters jumping for joy because he himself quit jumping. When North Carolina State tried to catch the Tar Heels, it chose to keep fouling Ford, who had been having trouble sinking free throws. But Ford, who learned he had been jumping when he shot, kept his feet planted, made all 16 of his foul tries, and Carolina won 91-79 to sew up the Atlantic Coast crown.
Providence lost to Massachusetts (20-4) 81-79 in overtime, then startled St. John's 67-53. Virginia Tech also regrouped, coming back from a 79-75 double-overtime loss to Virginia to crunch Syracuse 92-81.
Ivy titlist Princeton beat Yale 68-53 and got 31 points from Barnes Hauptfuhrer as it downed Brown 70-59.
March 8, 1976
Undefeated Rutgers committed 23 turnovers but stopped William and Mary 100-90, then demolished LIU 103-87.
Immaculata ended Delta State's record 51-game women's collegiate winning streak 64-53, forcing 16 turnovers and holding Lusia Harris to 23 points, 10 below her average. Later in the week, the Mighty Macs beat Southern Connecticut 54-45 as Denise Burdick flipped in 24.
Fairmont State (27-0) took the West Virginia IAC tournament, wiping out Shepherd (31-2) in the finale 104-84.
With Emery (Em the Gem) Sammons riddling the basket from long range for 29 points, Philadelphia Textile won its 21st in a row, 74-58, over Old Dominion, last year's Division II champs.
With 37 seconds left and Jacksonville leading Wisconsin-Milwaukee by eight, Marty Gross of the Dolphins got to play for only the second time this season. Although there was hardly enough time for Gross to make an impression, he did just that, for when he yanked off his sweat pants his shorts came off, too. Final score: 58-53, Dolphins.
1. RUTGERS (25-0)
2. N. CAROLINA (24-2)
"It was so exciting I used six pieces of bubble gum, and I had to revive Coach Sanderson," said reserve Keith McCord of Alabama. While McCord bubbled and Assistant Wimp Sanderson chewed a hole in a towel, the Tide virtually clinched Southeastern honors by outlasting Tennessee 93-90 in a game that had three last-second shots. Mike Jackson of the Vols sent the game into overtime. Greg McElveen saved it for the Tide in the first extra period and Rickey Brown won it in the second overtime. Tennessee committed two fouls—one a technical—in that last second, leading to Alabama's final points.
Marquette's Lloyd Walton draped himself around Notre Dame's Adrian Dantley, limiting him to six first-half points as the Warriors worked their way to an 81-75 win.
"I was in a mental war with myself," said Indiana's Quinn Buckner as he spoke about his poor shooting this season. Buckner declared war on Iowa, hitting on 12 of 19 shots in a 101-81 triumph. In a 96-67 conquest of Wisconsin it was Scott May who did the firing, scoring 41 points as Indiana locked up the Big Ten title.
1. INDIANA (25-0)
2. MARQUETTE (23-1)
Coaches thrive on pet phrases or words to sum up the mystical key to victory. The current favorite is "intensity," coaches reasoning that if their players have that they will establish "momentum," which leads to "supremacy." Intensity is something Oregon revs up even before game time, several Ducks standing at midcourt during warmups and just staring at opponents. Before the opening tipoff against Washington, though, the Ducks were taken aback when six Huskies donned Groucho Marx masks and stared back. Washington won 67-62 and then faced Oregon State, which had built up lots of intensity of its own by whipping Washington State 69-55 without Center Lonnie Shelton; a court upheld a ruling that he was ineligible because he had signed a pro contract (he later changed his mind) last summer. What riled up the Beavers was Huskie Coach Marv Harshman's statement that the Pac-8 should have forced State to forfeit its conference wins. Using a no-post, full-spread offense to draw the taller Huskies away from the basket, the Beavers came out on top 73-64. What else could Harshman say except, "Oregon State played with a lot of intensity."
So did UCLA, which woke up after a humbling 20-point loss to Oregon the week before. The Bruins clobbered California 113-93, Marques Johnson sinking all his shots, 11 from the floor and five from the foul line. UCLA then trampled Stanford 120-74, leaving losing Coach Dick DiBiaso as helpless as he was several weeks ago when his automobile got stuck in a car wash.
With its No. 1 fan, 396-pound George (Bang the Drum Quickly) Kalil, whacking his bass drum, Arizona took command of the Western AC. A league rule will prohibit such nonschool instruments next season, but last week Kalil's booming drum resounded as the Wildcats won 74-66 at Wyoming and 78-72 at Colorado State. Texas-El Paso moved into second place by beating Utah 81-71 and BYU 51-50 on a 16-foot jumper by Jake Poole in the waning moments.
"I was hoping for an upset, not an upset stomach," said Pepperdine Coach Gary Col son after scouting San Francisco's 111-77 blitzing of Loyola. The Waves, who face the Dons Saturday for the West Coast AC title, beat Santa Clara 91-88 in double overtime.
1. UCLA (22-4)
2. UNLV (26-1)
"Bring on Mizzou. Bring on Mizzou." That was the chant taken up by some 200 Kansas State students who had driven 350 miles for a game at Iowa State. With Chuckie Williams netting 27 points, the Wildcats won 80-67 and tied for the Big Eight lead with Missouri, which was shocked 68-57 at Oklahoma. Freshman Guard Cary Carrabine of the Sooners capped his 19-point effort with six clutch baskets down the stretch.
In the first round of the Southwest Conference tournament Arkansas defeated TCU 81-65 and Texas Tech boiled Rice 101-84. SMU disposed of Texas 103-90 as Ira Terrell gunned in 31 points. Houston nipped Baylor 88-86 when with six seconds left Otis Birdsong sank two free throws, the last of his 32 points.
Oral Roberts (19-5) kept its hopes alive for an NCAA at-large bid by downing Creighton 79-70 for its 10th straight victory. Anthony Roberts, who had 32 points and 14 rebounds, has averaged 28.1 points and 13 rebounds during the Titan streak.
Coe, a Division III juggernaut from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, beat Carleton 66-61 and Grinnell 106-82 to finish the regular season with a 22-0 mark.
1. CINCINNATI (22-4)
2. KANSAS ST. (19-6)