All in all it was only a fair week for Philadelphia's Big Five. Temple beat NYU 74-65, and St. Joseph's defeated Providence 68-65 and Hofstra 77-69. But Villanova was beaten by Fairfield 63-62, and Penn lost to Delaware 80-68. Then Rutgers, thrashed by Princeton 83-54 and Columbia 95-64, trounced Delaware 103-84.
1. INDIANA (5-0)
2. KANSAS (3-2)
3. CINCINNATI (5-1)
Dayton's Don Donoher, who is used to surprises this season, had one ready for Louisville, a 63-47 defeat. His Flyers alternated between man-to-man and zone in the first half, but stayed with a 2-1-2 zone the last 20 minutes ("I was outvoted by my assistants," admitted Donoher sheepishly), and it shut off all the Cards except Westley Unseld, who managed 22 points. Meanwhile, Donnie May, playing without his knee brace for the first time, foraged underneath the boards for 25 points and 20 rebounds, and Playmaker Bob Hooper harassed Louisville with six steals. Three nights later May scored 21, and Dayton hammered Rice 82-58.
The Sunflower Classic doubleheaders almost turned out to be a real Kansas holiday. On Friday, in Lawrence, Kansas beat Cincinnati 67-61, and Kansas State took Texas A&M 82-77. The strategy, however, differed. Kansas' Coach Ted Owens, apprehensive over Cincy's big front line, started Football Player Vernon Vanoy, and he provided the muscle for the Jayhawks to outrebound the visitors. K-State's Tex Winter, though, benched 7'11" Nick Pino and put in his little men to press. That worked, too. Saturday, in Manhattan, Kansas whipped Texas A&M 78-52, but K-State lost to Cincinnati 58-56 in overtime.
LSU's wondrous Pete Maravich lived up to his billing in the Milwaukee Classic. He scored 84 points in two games, but the defenseless Tigers lost them both, 96-94 to Wisconsin and 130-100 to Florida State. Wisconsin went on to win the tournament, beating Marquette 70-62 in the final.
Bradley, still unbeaten, won its seventh game, 81-76 over St. Louis; while Butler, after four straight losses, shocked Michigan State 65-55 and Toledo 73-70.
1. HOUSTON (7-0)
2. OKLAHOMA CITY (4-0)
3. TEXAS AT EL PASO (4-0)
Nobody issued a proclamation and there were no parades, but it was Elvin Hayes Week in Houston. The Big E, bouncing around like a large jumping jack, was the big show in the Bluebonnet Classic. He scored 40 points as Houston beat George Washington 86-61 and 45 more in a 113-67 trouncing of Montana State in the Classic final. Hayes tapered off a bit against Brigham Young, scoring only 34, but the Cougars coasted home anyway, 102-69.