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Basketball's Week
Frank Deford
January 07, 1963
THE EAST
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January 07, 1963

Basketball's Week

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Texas remained the biggest disappointment. The Longhorns lost to California and Stanford on the Coast, beat Denver, then fell 45-40 to Texas Western in the Sun Carnival final. Texas A&M gained some measure of intersectional pride by edging Virginia 60-59 in the Arkansas State Tournament.

Among surprises were New Mexico's 56-46 bombing of Colorado State and Southern Methodist's form reversal that suddenly produced five straight wins, including a 73-71 victory over Tulsa. The top three:

1. ARIZONA STATE (9-1)
2. HOUSTON (7-4)
3. TEXAS A&M (7-2)

THE WEST

In the two big Coast tournaments, simply named the Far West Classic and the Los Angeles Classic (in supposedly more sedate regions it would be something like the City of Angels Carnival), Oregon State and UCLA just as simply triumphed on the basis of all-round ability. Making up for an earlier loss to Colorado State, UCLA beat the Rams in the LA finals 68-64, outrunning, outrebounding (58-42) and—thanks to Walt Hazzard—outpassing them. "I think he has eyes on all sides," said Colorado State Coach Jim Williams, whose own star, tourney MVP Bill Green, received just as much acclaim. Third place was a foreign affair, St. Louis over Northwestern, as previously undefeated Stanford and Southern California each lost twice.

Oregon State won in Portland over Iowa 64-57. These two teams are like a vaudeville act, touring the country. The week before they were tangling for third place in the Kentucky Invitational. The Beavers won that one, too, 61-55. Back in Oregon, Mel Counts was the story in the final with 35 points and 24 rebounds. But on the way to OSU's seventh straight Far West title, Counts was no more than a decoy against Idaho. Terry Baker {see pane 16) stole the show against California, eventual third-place finisher. He ran off 10 straight to break the game open, and held dangerous Don Lauer scoreless.

In the West Coast Athletic Conference Tourney, San Jose held Steve Gray to four field goals and beat St. Mary's 55-51. The top three:

1. UCLA (10-2)
2. OREGON STATE (6-3)
3. CALIFORNIA (8-2)

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