Five seconds remained in the game between Texas, the Southwest Conference leader, and second-place Texas Christian. The Long-horns led 54-53 and had one more non-shooting foul to give before TCU would go to the line. Texas coach Bob Weltlich called timeout and told his players to "make sure we got the guy fouled—make it look good [unintentional], but foul him."
Easy enough, right? Well, the ball came inbounds to Horned Frog guard Jamie Dixon, who was waylaid by Long-horns immediately. "We hit him three times," said Texas center John Brownlee. "There was nothing more we could do." But there was no whistle. "I was surprised I was able to make it down to the other end and get any kind of shot off," Dixon said. That shot, an off-balance 30-foot jumper at the buzzer, won the game, 55-54.
Weltlich lost the game, the conference lead and his temper. "This is totally unbelievable," he fumed. "We mugged him."
Texas Tech, traditionally a slowdown, look-for-the-good-shot team, nearly ground to a halt in a 71-54 loss to Texas A & M. "The first half was the worst offense we've played all year," said Tech coach Gerald Myers. Let's hope so. The Red Raiders scorched the strings for all of seven points in the first 13 minutes of play and finished the first half trailing 31-13.
DePaul made a lot of people wonder why its record is only 15-10. Before a below-capacity crowd at the Rosemont Horizon Saturday, the theretofore disappointing Blue Demons upended St. John's 81-72. Logic would have demanded a St. John's blowout: The seventh-ranked Redmen were coming off wins over Georgetown and Villanova. DePaul had just squeaked by lackluster Indiana State 48-44 to end a four-game losing skid.
Against St. John's, DePaul junior forward Dallas Comegys, with 21 points, played up to his potential (a rare occurrence) and was, for the most part, effective on defense (rarer yet). Equally surprising was DePaul's accuracy from the foul line—17 of 23. Coming into the game, the Blue Demons were averaging a chilly 59% from the stripe. "This is the best feeling I've had as a coach," said Joey Meyer after the win, his first over a Top 10 team in his two-year tenure.
Michigan's Antoine (The Judge) Joubert was probably ready to impose a gag order on himself after Thursday's 74-59 home loss to Michigan State. On Tuesday Joubert had publicly guaranteed a win over the hated Spartans. After a Feb. 15 win over Iowa, Joubert had told reporters that he could have attended Michigan State, "but then, I wouldn't have had this atmosphere...a chance to win the national championship. I'd be like [State's] Scott Skiles...30 points a game and going nowhere."
Michigan State, after hearing it from the Judge, proceeded to hand the Wolverines their first loss in 25 games at Crisler Arena, helping bump Michigan out of first place in the Big Ten, temporarily. Livid after the loss, Michigan coach Bill Frieder declared his players off-limits to the press. "I've been a nice guy," said Frieder. "I'm going to have to quit that."