1. BOSTON COLLEGE (2-0)
2. PRINCETON (3-0)
3. ST. JOHN'S (2-1)
Boston College's Bob Cousy is not particularly thrilled over his team's high preseason ranking. "People are going to be shooting for us," he says. But even Cousy admits, "This is the best team we've ever had." With clever little Billy Evans wheeling and dealing the way Cousy used to; with big Terry Driscoll and Jim Kissane controlling the rebounds; and with sophomores Bob Dukiet and Pete Sollene pouring in points, BC rolled over Dartmouth 116-69 and then whipped Connecticut 76-60.
Villanova tried everything against Princeton. The Wildcats started with their "ball" defense and Princeton raced to a 23-9 lead. They switched to man-to-man and things got worse. While 6'9" Chris Thomforde and 6'8" sophomore John Hummer grabbed nearly every rebound, Joe Heiser and Jeff Petrie scored 37 points between them, and the Tigers won 77-52. "I just don't know what you can do to beat them," said Coach Jack Kraft. Two nights later it was Colgate Coach Ed Ashnault's turn to comment after Princeton swamped his team 71-43. "They're fantastic," he said.
Princeton was not all of Villanova's troubles for the week. The Wildcats tried to run with touring USC and lost the race, 82-65. St. John's, back home after a 65-63 loss to West Virginia in Morgantown, used a different approach against the tall Trojans. The Redmen attacked patiently, and it paid off. They beat USC 63-58.
Some of the East's big independents, meanwhile, learned not to underestimate the Ivy League. Syracuse was upset by Cornell 88-70, while Holy Cross, after beating Dartmouth 73-70 in overtime, was surprised by Yale 78-55. NYU, which had beaten Hunter 92-76 and Texas 75-67 in Madison Square Garden, lost to Columbia 80-64. Penn edged Rutgers 71-70 but the Scarlet recovered to take Colgate 82-69. Cornell's elation, however, was short-lived. Army, an earlier 74-70 winner over Seton Hall, drubbed the Big Red 73-59. And Syracuse came back to beat Buffalo 85-63.
Temple and La Salle were still unbeaten. Temple overwhelmed Lehigh 80-60 and Manhattan 86-78 while La Salle ran over Gettysburg 96-58 and Albright 82-40. But St. Joseph's lost twice, to Georgetown 86-74 and Bowling Green 76-73. St. Peter's beat Fairfield 88-65, and Duquesne clobbered Pitt 100-66 in the Steel Bowl final. Things were looking up for Providence. The Friars defeated Assumption 89-80 and St. Francis (N.Y.) 80-66.
But the big news was Niagara's Calvin Murphy. He bombed Villa Madonna for 57 points as the Purple Eagles won 114-66. Then, when Iona double-and triple-teamed him, Calvin concentrated on passing off. But he still scored 37, and Iona fell 100-76.
1. VANDERBILT (3-0)
2. KENTUCKY (4-0)
3. NORTH CAROLINA (2-1)