Even coming close to UCLA seems to inspire delusions of grandeur. Purdue's George King, whose Boilermakers had lost to the Bruins by two points, confidently predicted, "We may not lose another game." So Washington, with four sophomores in the lineup, held Rick Mount to 23 points and the Huskies shocked Purdue 98-87. The next night, however, Mount scored 30, Bill Keller 26 and Purdue beat Washington 84-77. Nebraska had similar difficulties in Pullman. After Washington State whipped his Huskers 93-70, Coach Joe Cipriano junked his zone defense and went after the Cougars man-to-man. It worked. Nebraska took the return match 91-76.
California, with 6'10" Bob Presley snapping up 27 rebounds (a school record), beat St. Mary's 76-69 and then squeezed past San Francisco 78-74 in overtime as Presley took 21 more rebounds and scored 28 points.
Idaho State became the second Big Sky team to surprise Colorado State, winning 100-89, but then the precocious Bengals got it from Wyoming. The Cowpokes, who had beaten Sacramento State 94-49 and Oklahoma State 72-62, outran Idaho State 115-96. Utah beat Colorado 95-84 and Utah State 102-90, while Brigham Young defeated Texas Tech 72-58 and Texas 63-50.