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The big game was in Lawrence and the strategy was deep. Kansas' Ted Owens decided to play it slow offensively, hoping his tempo would also influence Louisville's fast break. Louisville's John Dromo was committed to a zone defense—it shifted from 2-3 to 1-3-1—designed to hamper Rodger Bohnenstiehl inside and harass Jo Jo White outside. Both ploys succeeded, but Westley Unseld and Butch Beard broke loose for 12 points near the end to give Louisville a 57-51 victory. "We didn't attack their zone right," complained Owens. "We just fooled around too much on the perimeter."
The showdown over, both teams went on to Chicago for what they expected would be mere workouts. Northwestern Coach Larry Glass had been saying, "There is no doubt we'll be good. We just wonder when." Nobody expected it to be against Louisville. But the young Wildcats ball-hawked the Cards to death and boxed out Unseld underneath to get at the rebounds. Guard Terry Gamber led the charge with 19 points and Northwestern took Louisville 88-83.
Loyola of Chicago's George Ireland made no secret of what his strategy would be against Kansas in the second game of the doubleheader. "Of course we'll press 'em," he said. "So what if they're taller? We'll play big." And that is just what Loyola did. The quick little Ramblers, pressing and hustling, kept on coming at the Jay-hawks. Corky Bell scored 17 points, Bill Baumgartner 16 and Loyola won 83-73.
Northwestern was not the only Big Ten team that flexed its muscles for the race ahead. Indiana throttled Missouri 78-69 and Ohio U. 89-63, while Ohio State defeated Florida State 76-69 and South Dakota 97-54. Iowa broke Southern Illinois' 21-game winning streak, 61-49. (The Salukis later beat Arizona State 62-59 for their 31st straight at home.) Wisconsin came back from an 81-73 loss to Notre Dame to shatter SMU 120-82. Michigan, however, after a 104-99 win over Detroit, fell apart against Duke. The Wolverines were only two points behind at the half, but all of a sudden the Blue Devils, sparked by Mike Lewis' 32 points, came on strong, and Duke breezed 93-72. "Whatever I said to them at the half, I better never say it again," said Michigan's Dave Strack.
Miami of Ohio won a big one and almost put away a second upset. The Redskins, playing Coach Tates Locke's patient offense, got excellent shooting from Fred Foster (22 points) and shocked Dayton 64-61. Two nights later, Miami, with tiny Phil Snow firing in 24 points, had Cincinnati licked with four seconds to go. Then Gordy Smith's jump shot beat the Redskins 60-59. Toledo got a surprise, a 94-93 overtime defeat by St. Bonaventure, as Bill Butler rattled the Rockets for 30 points.
Wichita State's Gary Thompson and Iowa State's Glen Anderson were in solid agreement after UCLA demolished their teams in packed Pauley Pavilion. Wichita State was behind only 41-31 when suddenly the UCLA press destroyed the Shockers. Lew Alcindor and Mike Lynn led the Bruins on a 15-point tear and it was all over for State. Alcindor finished with 28 points, Lynn with 21, and UCLA won 120-86. The next night Alcindor piled up 45 points as the Bruins gave Iowa State an even worse mauling, 121-81, for their 37th straight. " UCLA is the best college team ever assembled," said Thompson flatly, and Anderson seconded the motion.