Vandy, however, found the going stickier in its SEC opener against Tennessee. The Vols' strategy called for encirclement of patient, 6-foot-9 Clyde Lee while they fed their own ace, A. W. Davis. It almost worked. Lee watched most of the game from behind a thicket of hands while fast-firing Davis seemed almost undefensible. With eight minutes to go, Tennessee had a nine-point lead. Then Lee lost his patience. He broke away from his tormentors for six quick baskets and Vanderbilt went on to win, 77-72.
Duke had a frightening but, in the end, satisfying week. After squeezing past Ohio State 94-89 in double overtime at Columbus, the Blue Devils had to hustle to hold off Wake Forest 91-86. But Kentucky's Adolph Rupp was mad enough to spit when NOTRE DAME humiliated his Wildcats 111-97, and before the home folks at Louisville, too. There was some solace for The Baron, though. KENTUCKY took out its frustrations on fuzzy-cheeked Dartmouth 107-67.
THE TOP THREE:
1. INDIANA (9-0)
2. MICHIGAN (8-2)
3. WICHITA STATE (8-2)
While almost everyone else was switching madly in and out of trick defenses, KANSAS beat Kansas State 54-52 with an old-fashioned, hugging man-to-man in the semifinals of the Big Eight tournament at Kansas City, Kans. Then, curiously, the Jay-hawkers shifted to a zone for Colorado. The Buffs riddled it so thoroughly that Kansas went back to man-to-man for the second half. Even then, it took a last-second tap-in by Riney Lochmann to win for the Jay-hawkers, 53-51.
Two disillusioned Missouri Valley teams, BRADLEY and ST. LOUIS, finally got going again in a doubleheader in Chicago. But Bradley had its problems with Notre Dame. The Braves blew a 14-point lead and just beat the Irish, 74-72, on Eddie Jackson's two foul shots at the end. St. Louis had an easier time with Loyola. The Bills reached over the smaller Ramblers to dip in layups and slap tip-ins, 6-foot-10 Gil Beck-emeier scored 20 points and St. Louis won 90-57. Two nights later, the Bills used a zone press to whip Drake 62-55.
Penn state, an interloper from the East, took the honors in Detroit's Motor City Classic. The Nittany Lions edged Houston 59-57 on four foul shots by Ray Saunders and Bob Weiss and then held off rallying Detroit 75-73.
THE TOP THREE: