Kansas State established itself as the class of the Big Eight, beating Colorado 67-66 when bustling Bob Boozer took charge in the closing minutes. Bradley was still unbeaten after eight games and Marquette outscored Detroit 75-66 for its 10th win in 11 games.
Once-beaten Texas A&M, bubbled up by a 61-45 victory over TCU for its first Southwest Conference tournament title, got off on the right foot in league competition, taking a 65-63 cliffhanger from SMU on Wayne Lawrence's basket with three seconds to play. TCU, with broad-beamed H. E. Kirchner (6-10,240 pounds) throwing his weight around for 20 points, had an easy time disposing of Baylor 72-62, while Rice, which had previously beaten Texas by 21 points, fell to the Longhorns 61-58 and Arkansas upset Texas Tech 61-57.
For all of 24 hours California appeared to be perched in the catbird seat in the PCC. The Bears, using a pressing defense, had Washington's high-firing stars wobbling, and 6-foot 9-inch Darryll Imhoff took charge of the backboards to shock the favored Huskies 54-43. But the next night California met a defense every bit as good as its own and an offense just a mite better and lost to Oregon 59-57. USC had better luck, defeating Oregon 65-56 and Oregon State 49-41 to take the league lead. UCLA beat Idaho 62-53 and lost to Washington State 71-54; Stanford downed Washington State 59-40 and bowed to Idaho 36-31.