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Basketball's Week
Mervin Hyman
December 20, 1965
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December 20, 1965

Basketball's Week

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The week was not all peachy-dandy for Duke. Before the Blue Devils got around to destroying UCLA's image (page 30), they were upset by SOUTH CAROLINA 73-71. Everybody in the ACC just naturally worries when they have to play against Coach Frank McGuire's teams, but nobody really expected his young Gamecocks to trouble Duke, even at Columbia. They did, though, especially sophomore Guards Skip Harlicka and Jack Thompson, who wrecked the Blue Devils' press, and Frank Standard, another rookie, who flipped in the winning layup with 15 seconds to go. Later, in Philadelphia's noisy Palestra, the wily McGuire put his team into an irritating stall to slow down Penn's running game. It worked beautifully. While the Quakers fumed and loyal Big Five partisans booed lustily, unbeaten South Carolina won 42-39. "We're two years ahead of schedule," gloated McGuire.

Vanderbilt, too, made the most of a slowdown, beating Tennessee at its own methodical game 53-50. Guard Jerry South-wood, who had 10 assists, concentrated on getting the ball to 6-foot-9 Clyde Lee, and Lee showed his appreciation by scoring 28 points. Against North Carolina, Lee got 22 more—and 17 rebounds—and Vandy took its third straight, 81-72.

Meanwhile, potential SEC contenders were popping up in likely—and unlikely—places. KENTUCKY, with sophomore Thad Jaracz scoring 32 points, trounced Illinois 86-68 in Urbana and then held off rallying Northwestern 86-75 in Lexington. ALABAMA, unbeaten but, also still untested, blasted Howard 89-65 and Southern Mississippi 93-79. And GEORGIA'S bold Ken Rosemond was beginning to have delusions of grandeur after his Bulldogs beat Georgia Tech 76-65. "I have three goals," announced Rosemond. "I want a winning season, three wins over Tech, and, by January 10, I want to be in the nation's top 10." That sounds too ambitious.

Davidson looked good enough to challenge for the Southern Conference title. The Wildcats had four straight after beating Furman 90-70, Marquette 73-65 and East Carolina 90-82. LOUISVILLE bounced back to take Marquette 70-61.


Wichita state had the answer to Michigan's tough zone press—a tougher one of its own. Even without ailing Kelly Pete, the quick Shockers crowded the Wolverines relentlessly and then ran away from them with their fast break. Jamie Thompson did not miss a shot—he had nine field goals and 10 fouls for 28 points—and Wichita upset Michigan 100-94. Three nights later the Shockers shook up another undefeated team, beating Colorado 87-81.

Michigan, however, came back strong. San Francisco's Pete Peletta made the sad mistake of getting himself quoted saying, "Our All-America [Joe Ellis] is better than Michigan's." That was about all the incentive the Wolverines' Cazzie Russell needed. Wheeling and dealing brilliantly with hooks, jumpers, rebounds and layups, Russell poured in 45 points and held Ellis to seven in the second half as Michigan overwhelmed the defenseless Dons 96-78. At one point, Russell even moved into the pivot against Ellis and threw in two quick baskets. "We just wanted to torture him a little," explained Michigan Coach Dave Strack.

The Midwest was no place for unbeaten visitors last week. West Virginia got into foul trouble against ILLINOIS—four players fouled out—and was upset 96-86. DEPAUL took the boards away from Louisville's Westley Unseld and beat the Cardinals 87-62. ST. JOHN'S, after outslicking Kansas State 72-65 with some good eastern-style basketball, lost to KANSAS 61-55. The Jay-hawkers' clinging man-to-man defense and Walt Wesley's tip-ins were just too much for the Redmen.

Unbeaten area schools had better luck. IOWA, MINNESOTA, BRADLEY and ST. LOUIS all kept their records clean.

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