It was a frustrating week for Purdue Coach Ray Eddy. First, Northwestern caught his team looking ahead to Ohio State, wrapped up talented Terry Dischinger in a collapsing zone and upset Purdue 64-62. Then, Ohio State, playing with its usual devastating efficiency, took the steam out of the hopeful Boilermakers and thrashed them 92-62. Although even so stout a defender as OSU's crowding John Havlicek had trouble tying down Dischinger, who flitted away deceptively for 26 points, the Buckeyes never let things get out of hand. When the Purdue defense sagged to surround Jerry Lucas, backcourt sharpshooters Larry Siegfried and Mel Nowell shot over the harried Boilermakers for 21 and 17 points, respectively. Meanwhile Big Luke, moving gracefully in and around the pivot, passed off when he found himself hemmed in, hooked and jumped for 17 points when given room and used his uncanny sense of timing to haul down 17 rebounds. "Who do you try to stop?" moaned Eddy. "We've never been so outmanned in our lives. This is truly a great team." But the unbeaten Buckeyes were not yet out of the treacherous Big Ten woods. They must still worry about Iowa and Indiana, which returned from a three-week layoff to overtake pesky DePaul 81-78.
Oklahoma State's wily Hank Iba may not win many Big Eight games this year, but his meticulous ball-control game has the chief contenders muttering to themselves. Kansas State finally managed to shake off the close-fisted Cowboys, but needed some aggressive ball-swiping and nine straight points in the last few minutes to beat them 45-43 and remain within reach of first-place Kansas.
Missouri Valley leader Bradley, bothered by Marquette's zone in an annoyingly close first half, broke out of the trap with a well-executed fast break to win 84-68. St. Louis, mixing slowdown with tight defense, held St. John's Tony Jackson to 11 points and beat the Redmen 60-57 (see page 48). Meanwhile, Cincinnati was quietly getting ready for a real run at the Missouri Valley title.-The improving Bearcats, in second place, beat Drake 80-70 for their ninth straight. More significantly, Cincinnati will play all but one of its remaining league games at home. The top three:
1. OHIO STATE (14-0)
2. BRADLEY (14-1)
3. INDIANA (9-3)
Dartmouth's shrewd Doggie Julian, like many another college coach, is troubled by the increasing number of games won at the foul line. But, unlike most coaches, Doggie has a solution: award three points for a field goal. Last Saturday, Dartmouth and Boston U. experimented with the Julian plan. Dartmouth shot 34 field goals to BU's 22 and won 119-89. The only noticeable difference: the score was higher.
While St. Bonaventure wrestled with midyear exams and St. John's was losing in the Midwest, Army began to emerge as a postseason tournament candidate. The Cadets beat Hofstra 77-74 in overtime, then surprised Ivy League leader Princeton 64-62 on Ron Hannon's last-second basket for their eighth straight. Villanova, after losing to Pitt 57-55, continued its downhill slide against St. Joseph's. The hustling Hawks got a hot hand from Bill Hoy, who scored six points in the last two minutes, and edged the Wildcats 64-63. Temple, held to 14 shots in the second half by a stringent LaSalle defense, still managed to win 63-57. The top three:
1. ST. BONAVENTURE (14-1)
2. ST. JOHN'S (10-3)
3. ARMY (12-4)