1. HOUSTON (14-1)
2. TEXAS WESTERN (11-2)
3. SMU (9-4)
Things were normal in the Southwest Conference. SMU, the favorite, was upset by TEXAS 82-73 in Austin, and now TCU, which had lost eight of its first 10 games, is in first place. The way to beat SMU, reasoned Texas Coach Hal Bradley, was to hold down Charlie Beasley. So, while Noel Stout, playing Beasley nose to nose, kept him outside—and relatively harmless—Billy Arnold pitched in 11 field goals, Stout himself scored 17 points, and that did it. TCU, meanwhile, came from behind to beat Texas A&M 67-64. "It's been nine years since this old man won a close one like that," said Coach Buster Brannon happily. SMU recovered to beat Rice 84-76 for a second-place tie with Texas, a 70-68 winner over Texas Tech.
What kind of a week was it for poor West Texas State? Well, the Buffaloes were leading TEXAS WESTERN 63-60 with 9:15 to go when little Willie Worsley, who drove and shot for 34 points, led the Miners on a 15-point tear to win 85-73. West Texas' next experience was even more shattering. Houston's Elvin (Hayes), Melvin (Bell) and the Duck ( Don Chaney) were at their intimidating best against the Buffs. They smothered them on the boards—Hayes had 24 points, Bell 19 and Chaney 16—and the Cougars won 102-72.
1. UCLA (12-0)
3. PACIFIC (12-3)
The legend is building on the West Coast. Lew Alcindor is even better than anyone thought, but he is not all there is to UCLA. Lucius Allen, with his quick moves and drives, has been tremendous and if you give Mike Warren and Lynn Shackleford an inch they will shoot you out of sight. Washington fouled Alcindor out of the game (after he scored 28 points), but Shackleford got 16, Allen 14, Warren 12 and the Bruins won 83-68. California tried to muscle Alcindor ("They were very physical inside," he said later), and for a while it worked. UCLA led only 45-42 at half time. Then Lewie got mad. In less than a minute he jammed in seven points—he got 26 in all—and Cal went down 96-78. The next night the Bruins buried Stanford 116-78. Allen scored 24 points, and Alcindor made 37 in 28 minutes. "That man just makes you nervous," complained Stanford's Howie Dallmar.
New Mexico had won six straight going into Laramie, and the Lobos never dreamed that WYOMING, which had dropped five in a row, would even give them a game. But sophomore Ken Collins, a 6'6" stringbean, screened New Mexico's 6'9" Mel Daniels away from the basket, Bob Wilson scored 24 points, and the Cowboys won 86-76. That was not the end of New Mexico's troubles, either. DENVER stopped them with a frustrating zone, and Harry Hollines threw in 28 points to win for the Pioneers 71-66.
Arizona got a standoff with its Utah visitors, losing to BRIGHAM YOUNG 77-64 and beating Utah 74-70, but Arizona State had worse luck. UTAH took the Devils 84-71 and then BYU, with 6'11" Craig Raymond sweeping the boards, beat them 78-74 in overtime. "My boys played a fine game," said ASU's Ned Wulk. "Trouble is they were up against men."
Pacific was off to an early lead in the WCAC. The Tigers outlasted San Francisco 70-69 and routed Santa Clara 102-82. UTAH STATE outran Creighton 124-96, while SEATTLE pounded Portland 92-71. But COLORADO STATE, after a 56-52 win over Denver, lost to WYOMING 75-72 in overtime.