THE TOP THREE:
1. DAVIDSON (10-0)
2. KENTUCKY (10-1)
3. VANDERBILT (10-1)
Georgia Tech's whimsical Whack Hyder was up to his old needling tricks when unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Kentucky came to Atlanta. " Kentucky will be pressing as usual," he predicted. Just as Hyder expected, his remark drew a snappish retort from Adolph Rupp. "Well, he's the authority on basketball," said The Baron peevishly. But Hyder was right. The Wildcats not only pressed, they collapsed like a wet paper sack when the Jackets put the pressure on them. It took Kentucky five minutes to score a field goal, and Tech's Charlie Spooner harassed Cotton Nash to distraction. Meanwhile, R. D. Craddock, a hustling little sharpshooter from, of all places, Canmer, Ky.—he cried when Kentucky refused him a scholarship—scored 25 points. Tech won 76-67.
Vanderbilt went down, too, after 15 straight wins. TENNESSEE had trouble stopping 6-foot-9 Clyde Lee (he got 25 points), but its collapsing zone shut off Vandy's other inside shooters, and three foul shots in the last seconds by A. W. Davis and Larry McIntosh won for the Vols, 57-55.
That left DAVIDSON (see page 12) the only major unbeaten team in the South. The gung-ho Wildcats trounced Penn 90-73 and Princeton 102-68 in the Charlotte Invitation and then whacked West Virginia 93-82.
North Carolina State made the sad mistake of trying to run with DUKE. It got State nowhere. Jeff Mullins and his talented friends simply outran the Wolfpack to win 91-70. NORTH CAROLINA beat independent Notre Dame 78-68, while CLEMSON caught Wake Forest with its big guns cold (the Deacons shot a dismal 20%) and won 87-61. Said Wake's Bones McKinney, "I can't remember a colder shooting day, except once we played in 20-below weather outdoors in Minneapolis."
THE TOP THREE:
1. VILLANOVA (9-1)
2. ST. BONAVENTURE (9-1)
3. LA SALLE (8-2)