1. BRIGHAM YOUNG (6-0)
2. UCLA (4-3)
3. SAN FRANCISCO (6-2)
Not many teams will catch aggressive St. Joseph's with its formidable zone press lagging and its superb shooters icy cold all on the same night. But BRIGHAM YOUNG and WYOMING, two of the best teams in the tough Western AC, both did, and down went the Hawks to their first losses of the season. There was nothing wrong with St. Joe's pressing defense in the first half against Brigham Young. It harassed, forced errors (13) and did everything it was supposed to do. Only trouble was the Hawks failed to take advantage of the Cougar mistakes, their shooters were as frigid as the weather in Provo and they were behind 45-40. In the second half Dick Nemelka and Jeff Congdon led Brigham Young on a 27-10 tear, and it was all over for St. Joe's. The Cougars won 103-83.
Two nights later in Laramie, Wyoming Coach Bill Strannigan moved his big men, Leon Clark (who scored 30 points) and Dick Sherman, up to the center line to take passes from their double-teamed guards, and the St. Joseph's press went down the drain. With 9:35 to go the Cowboys led by 19 points. Then Hawk playmaker Matt Guokas found his touch. He flipped in six straight jumpers from the left side, and pretty soon St. Joe's was behind only 93-90. But it was too late. Four Hawks fouled out, Clark and his friends got going again and Wyoming took the game 99-92.
Minnesota, another cheerless visitor, found independent UTAH STATE just as inhospitable in Logan. Aggie Coach LaDell Anderson shrewdly went at the Gophers with a suffocating man-to-man defense, and without injured Lou Hudson (out with a broken hand) Minnesota never had a chance. Pete Ennenga, a 6-foot-7 leaper, and Les Powell, an unbelievably skinny 6-foot-3 forward, controlled the boards; outside sharpshooter Larry Angle fired in 24 points and Utah State won easily 97-72. "They just defensed us to death," complained Minnesota's chagrined Johnny Kundla.
Unbeaten Colorado State got it, too, from revived SEATTLE 83-78. The Aggies were leading 78-75 with less than three minutes to play when the roof fell in on them. Seattle ran off eight straight points. But undefeated WASHINGTON STATE and UTAH had it easy. State trounced Idaho 101-86, while the Utes ran over Air Force 108-57. SAN FRANCISCO, looking better all the time, beat Gonzaga 80-67 and St. Louis 87-69.
UCLA, all but written off when it lost its third game to Cincinnati a week earlier, was giving rivals on the West Coast some discomforting second thoughts. With ailing Freddy Goss in the lineup part-time, the Bruins looked more like their old familiar selves against Southern California. Behind 27-18 in the first half, they suddenly began to press and run for real, and it was like old times again. Sophomore Mike Warren destroyed the Trojans with his deft dribbling, Edgar Lacey got 22 points, Kenny Washington threw in 17 and the Bruins won 86-67. Stanford's Howie Dallmar, an interested spectator, was impressed. "They don't look much different to me," said Dallmar apprehensively. "They're still tremendous."
1. BRADLEY (10-0)
2. IOWA (7-0)
3. KANSAS (6-3)
It had been a long time since Michigan had such a frustrating week. For one thing, it did not seem possible that DUKE, despite strong rebounding and the shooting of Jack Marin and Bob Verga, could catch the Wolverines when they led by 10 points with 4:30 to go. Cazzie Russell, scoring in flurries for 30 points, had led the Blue Devils a merry chase. But suddenly the Wolves needed John Clawson's layup at the buzzer to earn an 85-85 tie. The overtime was no contest. Verga fired in nine points—he had 27 in all—and Duke took the big game in Detroit's Cobo Hall 100-93. Then came the stinging insult. Tough little BUTLER, a five-time loser, tortured the Wolves with some cautious but extremely accurate shooting (31 for 53) and whipped them soundly 79-64. "Our worst game in three years," moaned Michigan's Dave Strack.