Ohio U. routed Toledo 87-61 to tie Miami of Ohio for the Mid-American championship.
THE TOP THREE:
1. OKLAHOMA CITY (19-9)
2. HOUSTON (18-8)
3. TEXAS TECH (17-6)
Given a rare chance when Texas Tech, an unyielding leader for most of the season, withdrew from championship consideration after discovering that one of its players was ineligible, runner-up SMU had the Southwest Conference title in its grasp last week and then almost blew it. The jittery Ponies lost to TEXAS A&M 94-81 but recovered in time to beat Arkansas 88-75. TEXAS, meanwhile, took TCU 84-63 and Baylor 79-75 to finish in a tie with SMU for the "official" championship.
Texas Tech, despite its misfortune, went on to beat Arkansas 87-80 and Texas A&M 98-73 for a 12-2 league record. But all it got the frustrated Raiders was some hometown sympathy and a $300 trophy, presented to them by students and fans "for their fighting spirit." It was nice, but Tech's crestfallen players would have preferred the conference title.
THE TOP THREE:
1. UCLA (24-2)
2. BRIGHAM YOUNG (21-5)
3. SAN FRANCISCO (23-4)
Western scouts who infiltrated the jammed Los Angeles Sports Arena last weekend to watch UCLA'S fearsome zone press at work came away disappointed. Not once did Coach Johnny Wooden employ his favorite weapon. Without it, the Bruins bumbled their way past USC 77-71 Friday night before 14,571—the largest crowd ever to watch a college game in Los Angeles—then barely beat the Trojans 52-50 Saturday on Gail Goodrich's jump shot in the closing minutes. But Wooden was satisfied. "I just didn't want to give anyone the opportunity to personally analyze our press," he explained.