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For years, Missouri Valley invaders have come away convinced that trying to win there is almost as hopeless as trying to break the bank at Monte Carlo. It was, until last week. Then three of the MVC's mightiest—Wichita, St. Louis and Cincinnati—went down with a resounding thud.
Wichita, which some suspected could be had by a good big man, sure enough was. TEXAS WESTERN's Jim Barnes scored 32 points, and Wichita lost 75-74. Then, when the Shockers went west, ARIZONA STATE's whizbang shooters picked them off, 93-87.
For almost 35 minutes, St. Louis had visiting KANSAS STATE beaten. But the Wildcats began to match the Bills' aggressive ball control and, pretty soon, Willie Murrell and 7-foot Roger Suttner had K-State out in front. After that, an exasperating stall gave the Wildcats the game, 68-67.
Cincinnati, which had won 90 straight at home, finally lost, to KANSAS, 51-47. Most distressing to Coach Ed Jucker was the way the Bearcats lost it. With the score tied, they threw the ball away twice and then fouled. Kansas' George Unseld and Al Correll dropped in four free throws for the winning points.
Michigan, the Big Ten favorite, with Bill Buntin and sophomores Jim Myers and Cazzie Russell scoring heavily, marched past Tulane 73-47 and Nebraska 80-55. INDIANA'S Van Arsdale twins, Dick and Tom, piled up 74 points as the Hoosiers outran Notre Dame 108-102.
When LOYOLA OF CHICAGO failed to reach 100 in its 92-54 win over North Dakota, Coach George Ireland just smiled and said, "I don't care. I just want to win the games." Nevertheless, he kept his varsity in for 33 minutes against Kent State, and the Ramblers won 100-59.
New Yorkers, usually blas� about hometown heroes, were ready to acclaim NYU after 12,693 watched the talented but sometimes disorganized Violets trounce Tulsa 99-76 in Madison Square Garden. The freelancing NYUers, who earlier in the week had dawdled dreadfully against Cornell until Barry Kramer and Happy Hairston got them going to an easy 82-65 victory, simply overwhelmed Tulsa. Kramer, shooting mostly from outside, and Hairston, popping away inside, each scored 26 points.