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Basketball's Week
Mervin Hyman
December 19, 1960
Although the season was barely two weeks old, the casualty list resembled a roster of the nation's top 10. Kentucky, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Utah and Utah State had already been beaten, and it seemed probable they would soon be joined by other highly rated clubs.
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December 19, 1960

Basketball's Week

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While Cincinnati's defects were showing in the East and St. Louis was breaking even in the Big Ten (the Billikens defeated Iowa 61-55), Bradley kept on winning. The Braves overwhelmed the California Aggies 102-65 as Chet Walker scored 50 points and finally solved Butler's zone defense to win 71-65.

THE SOUTHWEST

Most of the Southwest Conference teams scattered throughout the South and West over the weekend, and there was a sneaking suspicion that they did this to escape Oklahoma City's frontal attack on the great state of Texas. The swift Chiefs began the week by beating TCU 73-71 when Fred Moses' 55-foot baseball throw, flung in desperation, bounced off the backboard and into the basket at the final buzzer, prompting Coach Abe Lemon to-observe dryly: "Ya gotta have plays like that to win." Two days later, Larry Jones and Sophomore Gary Hill picked apart Texas' zone with set shots and the Long-horns succumbed 53-49. Then the Chiefs switched to the Border Conference and walloped Hardin-Simmons 82-59.

THE WEST

Los Angeles hospitality, often lavish, was downright miserly when NYU came to town. First, USC mistreated the Violets 86-68, then UCLA bounced them around 93-69. However, Kansas State was more fortunate. The Wildcats, after bowing to the Bruins 83-73, started faster against the Trojans and won 65-57. Up north, there were signs that California may be in for some slack times. The Bears needed every bit of their defensive tenacity to struggle past San Jose State 43-39, and St. Mary's 51-43.

After some shabby play which started them off with two shocking losses, Utah's Redskins finally began to run. Triggered by Billy McGill's booming passes and assortment of hooks, dunks and outside plunkers, the fast break overwhelmed Evansville 132-77, Baylor 83-69 and TCU 101-55. Utah State, back home after a second loss to Nebraska 65-60, won from South Dakota State 91-79.

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