Southwest Conference teams, involved for the most part in intersectional play, found a few slips showing but finally emerged with some prizes. TCU, Texas Tech and Texas A&M came through unscathed while SMU and Rice, beaten by Oklahoma City and Kansas, respectively, found their solace in Big Ten opposition. The Mustangs ran over Iowa 65-55 and the Owls overwhelmed Wisconsin 78-37, holding the Badgers to three field goals in the second half.
Touring New Mexico A&M, generally regarded as the team to beat in the Border Conference, couldn't wait to get back home after dropping four straight to Washington of St. Louis 61-50, Bradley 86-54, Murray State 66-51 and Western Kentucky 79-60.
Hopeful of achieving Mid-American Conference honors, unhappy Bowling Green was the victim of some early bubble-bursting by Miami of Ohio and went down before last year's champions 59-58.
Missouri Valley contender St. Louis began to get the hang of new Coach John Benington's patterns and used a four-man weave to run Ohio State ragged 77-68. The Billikens will get their big test against Kentucky in next Saturday's TV game of the week.
Bob Boozer picked up where he left off last year, jamming home 45 points as Kansas State mauled Purdue 96-83 and 28 more before he fouled out in the Wildcats' 82-79 overtime decision over Indiana. Kansas, without Wilt Chamberlain for first time in three years, got the kick it needed from Ron Loneski and bowled over Rice 65-49 and Canisius 75-54.
Washington U. of St. Louis, after disposing of New Mexico A&M, matched deliberate offenses with Texas Western and lost 56-48. Coach Eddie Hickey, in his first year at Marquette, derived pleasure from watching his Warriors fast break their way past Wisconsin 76-47 and Illinois 69-53.
St. Mary's, led by sophomore Tom Meschery and Laroy Doss, a skinny beanpole with a Yul Brynner skin-do, looked more and more like the class of the West Coast after outlasting UCLA 62-59 in overtime and plastering Stanford 63-45.
San Francisco, its big names gone, dedicated its new 6,000-seat gymnasium and gave Seattle a fright before bowing 60-58. The Dons also lost to California 50-43, while Seattle, hardly missing Elgin Baylor, romped over COP 91-53.