Wichita, a fast-breaking team, surprised Drake in the Missouri Valley playoff. The Shockers went to a stall for the last 10 minutes to combat Drake's zone and won the game 58-50. OHIO u., beaten by LOYOLA 103-87, took Toledo 82-76 for the MidAmerican championship. But the big news was BOWLING GREEN's Howie Komives, the nation's No. 1 scorer. He got 47 points as BG upset DePaul 89-80, 45 more in a 106-72 thrashing of Marshall to boost his average to 36.7, and ran his foul-shooting streak to 50 for an NCAA record.
THE TOP THREE:
1. TEXAS WESTERN (23-2)
2. TEXAS A&M (18-6)
3. TEXAS TECH (16-7)
Texas A&M, on the verge of winning its first outright Southwest Conference title in 41 years, suddenly was embarrassed by last-place TCU. It took the Aggies two overtime periods to put down the surprisingly bellicose Frogs 70-66. Said Coach Shelby Metcalf, sputtering happily after being tossed, fully clothed, into an icy shower, "Tonight we played the greatest last-place team in America." Two nights later Metcalf was just sputtering. Texas held his Aggies to the final seconds before losing, 65-63.
THE TOP THREE:
1. UCLA (26-0)
2. OREGON STATE (25-3)
3. SAN FRANCISCO (22-4)
Californians making NCAA talk were naturally bullish on unbeaten UCLA, which raced past California 87-57 and then resisted a USC rally to win 91-81. Even when the Trojans came from 10 points behind to a 63-63 tie, the Bruins never panicked. They merely played their normal hot hand, and UCLA won its 26th straight.
San Francisco had a streak going, too. Scoring in bunches, the Dons beat Santa Clara 60-47, Pepperdine 80-58 and Loyola of Los Angeles 60-46 for 18 in a row.