THE TOP THREE:
1. DUKE (23-4)
2. KENTUCKY (21-4)
3. DAVIDSON (22-4)
To run or not to run, that was the question that worried Wake Forest's Bones McKinney before his team faced DUKE in the Atlantic Coast tournament final at Raleigh, N.C. He decided to run. So Jeff Mullins shot his Deacons dizzy with 24 points, big Jay Buckley and Hack Tison gave them only one shot before they swept away rebounds, and Duke romped 80-59 to win an NCAA berth.
The first two times that Kentucky's Cotton Nash shot the ball, ST. LOUIS' 6-foot-10 Gil Beckemeier bashed it right back at him. That set the tone at Lexington. The bigger Billikens simply overwhelmed Adolph Rupp's little men and upset them, 67-60.
THE TOP THREE:
1. MICHIGAN (20-3)
2. WICHITA (22-5)
3. LOYOLA (20-5)
Ohio State finally ran out of miracles in the Big Ten. All the Bucks had to do was beat MICHIGAN STATE and they had a tie for their fifth straight title. But the Spartans spoiled everything. Pete Gent swished in a 20-foot jumper with 10 seconds to go, and Michigan State won 81-80. That left it up to MICHIGAN, and the Wolverines, despite some fretful moments when Iowa led by 12 points, came on like gangbusters to beat the Hawkeyes 69-61. The victory put them into the NCAA tournament.
Kansas State, which seems to delight in testing Coach Tex Winter's nervous system with overtime games, worried through another one with Oklahoma State before winning 63-59. It gave K-State the Big Eight title as KANSAS upset Colorado 73-71.