On Friday evening, UCLA Coach Larry Brown joined a throng of Bruin fans who were "camping" outside Pauley Pavilion to await the next night's game against Southern Cal. Brown bedded down on an air mattress and was treated to bagels and cream cheese by members of the swimming team and to donuts and hot chocolate by some women basketball players. At 2:30 a.m., though, Brown heeded the students' advice and went home for some shut-eye. "I just wanted to show the students that any success we have had has been largely due to their enthusiasm," Brown said. "It was a special experience." So was his team's 91-64 drubbing of the Trojans. Brown has been remolding his squad by adhering to the principles of former UCLA Coach John Wooden, junking his complicated attack for Wooden's simplified high-post offense.
Arizona State Coach Ned Wulk was also tinkering. He rotated his big men at Oregon, where his Sun Devils, down 37-34 at half-time, came out on top 88-65. All four big guns were productive: 6'8" Sam (the Slam) Williams had four dunks, 18 points and seven rebounds; 6'6" Johnny Nash had 15 points and seven rebounds; 7' Alton Lister added 14 points and grabbed eight missed shots; and 6'10" Kurt Nimphius had 10 points.
Weber State's top four front-liners teamed up for 137 points as the Wildcats whipped Montana 74-60 and Montana State 94-83. David Johnson led the way with 49 points.
February 18, 1980
Brigham Young was waltzing at Utah, leading by 17 with five minutes left in the first half. From there on, though, the contest became more of a tangled tango. The Utes spurted in front 58-55. Then the Cougars took charge 76-66. Utah rallied again behind Danny Vranes, who had 25 points and 14 rebounds, but came up short and lost 83-82.
"I have never, ever seen anything like that," Nevada-Las Vegas Coach Jerry Tarkanian said after a 98-86 conquest of San Diego State. What made Tarkanian marvel was the far-out shooting of State's Eddie Morris, a 6'5" freshman guard-forward who got 41 points. Morris, who hit on 20 of 25 field-goal tries, sank 11 shots from beyond 17 feet.
1. OREGON STATE (22-2)
2. ARIZONA STATE (17-5)
3. BYU (18-4)
Like the price of back-fin crab meat, Maryland has been soaring. Not even .630 shooting by North Carolina in the first half could deter the Terps, who were .636 from the floor, overcame a 19-11 deficit and led 44-38 at the intermission. The Tar Heels pared Maryland's lead to one point, but Albert King scored six in the last 85 seconds, got two vital rebounds and broke up Carolina's final inbounds pass. King finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as the Terps won 70-69.
Maryland's image was tarnished a bit by a 90-81 loss at Clemson, but even so the Terps held a two-game Atlantic Coast edge over the Tigers. Clemson's delay game—the "Tiger Pause"—helped defeat Maryland. So did 24 points by Larry Nance and 22 by both Billy Williams and Horace Wyatt.
Virginia decked Duke for the second time, 73-69. Mike Gminski of the Blue Devils had slightly better stats than Ralph Sampson of the Cavaliers, outscoring him 24-20 and out-rebounding him 13-10. Sampson, however, tossed in eight of his points as the Cavaliers scored 10 in a row and built a 68-58 lead.
"Our only regret was that they were making a zoo out of the game," Siena Forward Rod Owens lamented after playing at Syracuse. It was no fun losing to the Orangemen 99-64. What hurt most, though, was that Syracuse, which had drubbed the Indians 144-92 last season, had facetiously declared a Beat Siena Week. Later, during a 105-80 wipeout of St. Bonaventure, Eddie Moss set an Orange record with 14 assists.
A succession of multiple-point plays early in the second half propelled St. John's past Fordham 78-60. Bernard Rencher, Ron Plair and Frank Gilroy of the Redmen all hit on three-point plays during that surge.
Louisville was bogged down for a while by Providence's tight zone. But with Derek Smith netting 11 of his 20 points during a two-minute outburst and with Wiley Brown scoring 24 for the night, the Cardinals won 79-73.
1. SYRACUSE (21-1)
2. ST. JOHN'S (21-2)
3. MARYLAND (17-4)
"As you progress in the conference schedule, defense becomes the dominant factor because it's constant," said Purdue Coach Lee Rose. "The offense is like the stock market—it can rise and fall." For the Boilermakers, though, neither defense nor offense was constant. Purdue held off Minnesota 58-56 as 7'1" Joe Barry Carroll gathered 21 points and 10 rebounds. Carroll was then smothered by 6'10" Steve Krafcisin and 6'10" Steve Waite of Iowa, missing 12 of 13 floor shots and scoring only seven points in a 74-59 loss to the Hawkeyes. Krafcisin had 18 points in that contest and 20 as Iowa overcame Michigan State's stall 44-39 in overtime.
Herb Williams' 48 points and 21 rebounds carried Ohio State past Michigan 66-63 and Michigan State 71-59, putting the Buckeyes in a tie with Purdue for the Big Ten lead, one game ahead of Minnesota, Iowa and Indiana. Bobby Knight, 39, became the youngest coach to achieve 300 major-college wins when his Hoosiers beat Northwestern 83-69. But Indiana then lost to Illinois 89-68.
Alabama also flubbed, blowing leads at home against Southeastern co-leaders Kentucky and Louisiana State. The Tide led the Wildcats 37-31 but lost 72-63 when Kentucky shot a school-record .880 in the second half. The night before LSU met Alabama, the Tigers' hotel rooms were burglarized. Jewelry, $500 and Coach Dale Brown's pajamas were stolen. "I slept in my overcoat and socks, I got so cold," Brown said. Warming him considerably was his Tigers' rally from a 63-58 deficit with 3:30 left. Willie Sims' two foul shots with four seconds to go in overtime made LSU a 68-66 winner. Playing at home, Kentucky defeated Mississippi 86-72 behind Kyle Macy's 28 points and LSU downed Georgia 96-77 as DeWayne Scales scored 31.
DePaul, down by 16 points in the first half against Dayton and by one when Mark Aguirre fouled out with 14:04 left, barely pulled through. It took a basket by Clyde Bradshaw with four seconds remaining for the unbeaten Blue Demons to win 65-63.
Hawkeye Whitney excelled as North Carolina State shocked Notre Dame 63-55; he had 23 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and a blocked shot.
1. DePAUL (20-0)
2. LSU (18-4)
3. OHIO STATE (16-5)
"A lot of people say, 'They are playing better because you are calmer,' but really I am calmer because they are playing better," Bradley Coach Dick Versace declared. His Braves, who were tied for last in the Missouri Valley a year ago, now lead by two games. By scoring 36 points in the final 9½ minutes, Bradley creamed second-place Creighton 98-82.
Louisville's Darrell Griffith set a school record; he became the first Cardinal to amass 2,000 points. With Griffith scoring 31 points and with its full-court zone press wearing down Memphis State, Louisville breezed 88-60. The Cardinals further solidified their Metro lead by knocking off Cincinnati 88-73.
Texas A&M dropped its first Southwest Conference game, losing 63-53 at Texas Tech when the Red Raiders broke open a 41-all tie with 10 straight points. That left the Aggies deadlocked for first place with Arkansas, which started off by thrashing Texas Christian 74-47. A&M then regained its one-game lead by winning twice at home while the Razor-backs split two road contests. The Aggie "Wall"—6'11" Rudy Woods, 6'7" Vernon Smith and 6'6" Rynn Wright—accounted for 47 points during a 67-56 defeat of Southern Methodist. Smith then got 22 points as Texas A&M nipped Rice 55-53. Arkansas began its road trip by shooting .600 at Baylor, winning 70-51. But two hotshot underclassmen led Houston to a 90-84 triple-overtime setback of the Hogs. Larry Rogers, a 22-year-old sophomore who had served a hitch in the Army, wrapped up his 28-point, nine-rebound performance for the Cougars with four free throws in the final period. Houston's catalyst, freshman Guard Robert Williams, had 20 points and a dozen assists.
"Whatever happened to 10-point victories?" asked Kansas State Coach Jack Hart-man after having been involved in four games in a row that were settled by two points or fewer. Hartman promptly got an answer when his Wildcats beat Oklahoma State by exactly 10, 82-72. Ed Nealy got 18 boards and Rolando Blackman outshot Ed Odom of the Cowboys, the Big Eight scoring leader, 28-26. Three days earlier, the Wildcats skimmed past Colorado 62-61 when Jari Wills fired the game-winning shot with seven seconds left in overtime. Missouri and Nebraska, both one game behind Kansas State, were victors twice. Steve Stipanovich, the Tigers' 6'11" freshman, had only nine points in an 84-70 victory at Iowa State but scored 29 as Kansas was beaten 88-65. Missouri, which has a fine chance of surpassing the NCAA field-goal-shooting mark of .555 set last season by UCLA, shot .608 against the Jayhawks to bring its percentage up to .576. Andre Smith had 46 points as Nebraska stopped Kansas 61-56 and Iowa State 69-66.
As usual, JoJo Hunter of Colorado was at his best in the stretch. Hunter, who earlier in the season won two games with beat-the-clock shots, scored nine of his 28 points in the last 1:13 to topple Oklahoma 60-59.
1. LOUISVILLE (21-2)
2. TEXAS A&M (19-6)
3. KANSAS STATE (18-4)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MITCHELL ANDERSON: The 6'7" forward became the first Bradley sophomore ever to amass 1,000 career points, scoring 55, grabbing 17 rebounds and blocking five shots in wins over Creighton and Southern Illinois.