It was another frustrating week for the favorites. Cincinnati fell before Bradley, USC lost to Washington, Villanova was upset by Xavier, and Mississippi State's unbeaten streak was ended by Vanderbilt. Meanwhile, Ohio State won its 12th straight to become the nation's only undefeated major-college team.
When Villanova and Temple met before 9,225 in Philadelphia's Palestra, it seemed like the old days. Both teams defended tenaciously, Villanova with a scrambling zone and Temple with a switching combination, but the Wildcats were more adaptable on offense. They put aside their usual race-horse game, concentrated on getting the ball to rubbery Hubie White, who slipped through the Owls for 22 points, and Villanova won 60-53. But the Wildcats ran into trouble in the Midwest, where bigger Xavier beat them badly off the boards, and won 87-66.
Duquesne continued to impress. Sophomore whiz Willie Somerset hounded Dayton with his ball-stealing, rattled the Flyers with 32 points, and the Dukes won easily, 79-59. St. Joseph's, too, earned an intersectional feather for the East. The Hawks gave up 24 points to Wake Forest's talented Len Chappell but still outlasted the Deacons 65-53. St. John's took care of another invader, beating Creighton 72-52.
Seton Hall, despite 38 points by sophomore Nick Werkman (who also scored 43 against Loyola at Baltimore), lost to Georgetown 84-83. Things were just as tough for St. Bonaventure. Since 1948 the Bonnies had lost only twice at their cozy gym in Olean, N.Y., both times to Niagara. Last week Niagara did it again, 71-51. The top three:
1. DUQUESNE (11-1)
2. VILLANOVA (13-2)
3. TEMPLE (10-2)
Kentucky's Adolph Rupp couldn't have been more pleased. His Wildcats have one of the year's best sophomores in Cotton Nash, an 11-game winning streak after beating Vanderbilt 77-68 and LSU 84-63, and there didn't seem to be a worthwhile SEC challenger in sight. This was especially true after Vandy ended Mississippi State's 10-game winning streak, 100-86.
However, the ACC was up to its neck in contenders. Duke, running magnificently but paying scant attention to defense, outscored Clemson 104-96, then tightened up to beat Maryland 84-68 as Art Heyman scored 38 points. Wake Forest, more formidable now that 6-foot-10 Bob Woollard has matured enough to give Len Chappell some rebound help, beat North Carolina 91-72. But the Tar Heels went back to give-and-go against Virginia, sent Guards Larry Brown and Don Walsh storming through for 44 points and whomped the Cavaliers 100-71. South Carolina helped to confuse the issue, losing to Virginia 98-95 and then surprising North Carolina State 62-56.
Rod Thorn led fast-breaking West Virginia past Virginia Tech 85-81 and George Washington 120-68. The top three: