1. NORTH CAROLINA (13-1)
2. DAVIDSON (12-1)
3. KENTUCKY (11-2)
It was a week of almosts: Kentucky, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Davidson almost lost. After 16 minutes of play and 19 points by Tennessee's Bill Justus, Adolph Rupp of Kentucky figured it was time to do what he likes least (use a zone) if he was to achieve what he likes most (a win). Justus got only six points against the zone and the Wildcats got a 69-66 win. Earlier, the Vols themselves barely held off Florida 64-63 when Justus made his only field goal of the night with two seconds left. For the 10th time this season, Vanderbilt rallied to win in the closing minutes, outscoring Mississippi 13-3 for a 62-55 victory.
North Carolina blew all but three points of a 13-point bulge against Wake Forest before regrouping for a 94-89 win. Davidson, too, had difficulty winning 90-82 against the Deacons, who lost four men on fouls. But the Wildcats had an even closer call against VMI, which scored eight straight points to tie the game with 14 seconds left. Dave Moser of the Wildcats then took the ball to the right of the key, cut to the left after dribbling behind his back, jumped and sank a shot at the buzzer for a 66-64 victory. There was one major upset, however, and it came when VMI shocked West Virginia 87-84. It was only the 26th home loss in 25 years for the Mountaineers.