1. DUKE (3-1)
2. VANDERBILT (3-1)
3. DAVIDSON (3-1)
Kentucky's Adolph Rupp came into Charlotte crying, as usual, about his "pore little boys." Nobody really believed him, but The Baron had a point this time. NORTH CAROLINA'S Billy Cunningham and sophomore Bobby Lewis monopolized the boards, scored 45 points between them and, when the Wildcats went to a frantic full-court press, the Tar Heels simply ran away from it for an easy 82-67 victory. Cunningham was even sharper against Tulane, scoring 48 points as Carolina won 111-74.
Things got better for KENTUCKY later. The Wildcats routed Iowa State 100-74, as sophomore Louie Dampier got 37 points, then smothered Syracuse 110-77. Old string-saver Rupp, remembering that Syracuse Coach Fred Lewis had once written an article on the 1-4 offense, was ready for it with a 1-3-1 zone. Aggressive Pointman Tommy Kron broke the Syracuse patterns and also scored 30 points.
Virginia Tech had lost all three of its games before meeting undefeated Vanderbilt, but the Gobblers had not played at Blacksburg, where they seldom lose. Tech's pressing youngsters could not do much about Vandy's 6-foot-9 Clyde Lee, who scored 25 points and got 16 rebounds, but Johnny Wetzel and Pat Moriarity more than made up for that. They scored 35 points, and Tech upset Vanderbilt 69-64.
Duke, recovering slowly from its loss to Michigan, had the devil's own time beating Navy 93-87 in overtime, but South Carolina was no trouble at all. Jack Marin threw in 20 points, big Hack Tison added 17 more, and Duke trounced the Gamecocks 111-72. NORTH CAROLINA STATE, with Press Maravich replacing retired Coach Ev Case, also came alive. The Wolfpack edged scrambling Maryland 63-62 and then put down touring USC, 67-59 and 78-69.
Davidson's improvement was more rapid. Big Fred Hetzel fired in 53 points, and the Wildcats thrashed Furman 113-82. Jacksonville also lost to the Wildcats, 91-70.
THE TOP THREE:
1. VILLANOVA (4-0)
2. PENN STATE (3-1)
3. ST. JOHN'S (3-0)
The dapper young man sitting on the BOSTON COLLEGE bench in New York's Madison Square Garden looked fit enough to play. But Coach Bob Cousy does not have to anymore. He merely flicks a finger and a horde of aggressive, tough-shooting Eagles go flying at the foe. Cousy's young team had to struggle for a while with NYU, but John Austin, a handy six-footer who loves to stir up the crowd with fancy behind-the-back dribbling and passing (just like Cooz) and feathery jump shots, fired in 16 points in the last 6� minutes (he got 42 in all), and the Violets succumbed 102-84. Not every team was that easy for BC, though. Later CONNECTICUT upset the Eagles 85-81.