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MIAMI of Ohio, which had not beaten Cincinnati since 1957, finally got a piece of the Bearcat hide—and in Cincy, too. Lean Jeff Gehring and Charlie Coles got the points (33), little Johnny Swann came off the bench to provide the spark, and Miami won, 65-55. Two other Missouri Valley teams were still unbeaten. BRADLEY, struggling along without a big man, had trouble controlling the boards, but Eddie Jackson, a lithe 6-foot-6 jumper, carried the Braves past Northern Michigan 97-81 and North Dakota 75-72 in double overtime. WICHITA STATE whomped Long Beach State 114-78.
New NOTRE DAME Coach Johnny Dee had the Irish shooting better, but he was troubled by their defense. Notre Dame gave up far too many points while trouncing Lewis 99-87 and Ball State 116-82. LOYOLA of Chicago won twice, over Southwest Missouri 87-83 and Western Ontario 106-35; DE PAUL ran over Northwest Missouri 80-60, Christian Brothers 80-59 and North Dakota 86-58.
SEATTLE, a West Coast independent, found the ways of the Midwest odd, to say the least. At Norman the Chieftains sat around for nearly an hour and a half between halves when an electrical blackout delayed their game with Oklahoma. But they won anyway, 98-81. TULSA had only one surprise for the West Coasters—a 98-76 drubbing.
If KENTUCKY'S cagey old Adolph Rupp looked envious when he heard how MICHIGAN'S big boys handled Duke 86-79 (page 20), he had good reason for it. "Why, our biggest man [ John Adams] is 6 feet 6�," he said wistfully, "and you invite guys that size to come court your 5-foot daughter." The Baron was right about Adams, anyway. He played only 10 minutes against Iowa before he fouled out, and he might just as well have been off courting someone's daughter for all he helped Kentucky. The Wildcats had to struggle to hold off the mediocre Hawkeyes, 85-77. Rupp shifted Kentucky in and out of a man-to-man and 1-3-1 zone and, in the end, the Wildcats' "Little Kids"—6-foot sophomore Louis Dampier and 5-foot-11 Randy Embry, who scored 34 points between them—pulled Kentucky through.
If Kentucky was not quite up to the fight for the Southeastern Conference title, VANDERBILT and TENNESSEE were. Vandy's patience against deliberate Rice was commendable. The taller Commodores just gathered in the rebounds and turned them into baskets for a 78-49 victory. SMU was braver but went down just as easily, 99-67. Tennessee's Ray Mears, who finessed his Vols into second place last year with a prissy, disciplined offense, gave them their heads against Richmond. Austin Robbins, a 6-foot-8 junior college All-America, scored 18, and the Spiders were crushed in the stampede, 97-66. AUBURN, shuffling no more since Bill Lynn took over from Joel Eaves, ran freely to beat Georgia Tech 60-52 and Florida State 92-68. TECH recovered to take SMU 83-75 and Rice 71-56.
Duke was not the only Atlantic Coast team to be clipped early. NORTH CAROLINA, after an unimpressive 77-59 win over Clem-son, got it from GEORGIA, 64-61, despite 22 points and 24 rebounds by Billy Cunningham. Two days later CLEMSON pointed up the vagaries of college basketball. The Tigers shocked Georgia 72-60. NORTH CAROLINA also came back strong, spoiling Coach Frank McGuire's conference debut at South Carolina. The Tar Heels won 82-71. MARYLAND squeaked past Penn State 72-71 and George Washington 83-80 but lost to VIRGINIA, the ACC's only unbeaten team, 61-59.
After a week of early-season battering by intersectional rivals—nine defeats in 15 games—the Southwest Conference race had a most unexpected look. Texas Tech, the favorite, had been soundly thumped by NEW MEXICO 72-57 and only BAYLOR and TEXAS, two teams hardly likely to succeed, were still unbeaten. Baylor smashed Arlington State 103-85, Tulane 102-87 and LSU 84-72; Texas defeated Texas Wesleyan 104-84, Mississippi 94-67.