The Big Eight had a triple tie—Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa State—after K-State surprised Kansas 64-61 in overtime. Coach Tex Winter gambled on using a zone against the Jayhawks and it worked.
Loyola of Chicago beat Bowling Green 83-74 but then the Ramblers ran into red-hot Dayton. They could not handle Donnie May, who scored 33 points, and the Flyers won 91-75. Dayton trounced Canisius, too, 82-64 for its eighth straight win.
1. HOUSTON (25-0)
2. NEW MEXICO STATE (19-4)
3. OKLAHOMA CITY (18-6)
Unbeaten Houston, which has been blithely battering second-raters the past few weeks, finally figured out what to do for excitement. Set some records, that's what. The Cougars bombed poor little Texas at Arlington 130-75 and Valparaiso 158-81, breaking the major-college scoring mark in the second game. Elvin Hayes, naturally, got in on the fun, too. He scored 44 against Arlington, 62 more against Valparaiso, to become the second-highest three-year college scorer. Hayes now has 2,587 points, second only to Oscar Robertson's 2,973.
New Mexico State, in a fond farewell to the Las Cruces high school gym it has been using (the Aggies get their own place next year), beat Texas at El Paso 68-63. And that was only the beginning of UTEP's troubles. The Miners also lost to West Texas State 65-63. Oklahoma City put down Hardin-Simmons 78-74 as Rich Travis scored 32 points.
Even Texans, who have become used to the shenanigans in the rowdy Southwest Conference, could hardly believe what happened last week. Baylor, which appeared to have a lock on the SWC title not too long ago, was suddenly out of the lead after losing four straight, the last two to SMU 70-63 and Texas Tech 65-63. Texas, meanwhile, took over first place. The Longhorns beat Texas Tech 79-60 and SMU 83-72.
1. UCLA (21-1)
2. NEW MEXICO (22-2)
3. SANTA CLARA (17-3)
UCLA Coach John Wooden has an answer for everything, it seems. Lew Alcindor was having all kinds of trouble with Washington's sagging defense. He was held to one field goal in the first half and UCLA led only 38-31. So Wooden moved a forward up to a high post and the Bruins began hitting Alcindor cutting across the lane. That scattered the Huskies. Alcindor finished with 23 points and UCLA won 84-67.