Ohio was nudged from the Mid-American Conference lead by Bowling Green 85-65, and Toledo showed it is definitely a contender by outscoring defending champ Miami 47-31. With 7' Doug Hess, who finished with 18 rebounds, controlling the boards, the Rockets held the Redskins without a basket during the closing 7:20 of the first half.
Marquette won easily over Loyola of Chicago 85-72 and DePaul 72-60, but powerful Western Kentucky barely remained undefeated in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Hilltoppers edged Eastern Tennessee 95-91 and Eastern Kentucky 86-83.
1. KENTUCKY (11-0)
2. MARQUETTE (11-1)
Deep in the Heart O'Texas Coliseum, at Baylor, the playing floor helped shift the favorite's role in the Southwest Conference from Texas to the Bears last week. Baylor's new floor is made of AstroTurf, and although the bounces are true, the sounds are not. Neither dribbles nor pounding feet are heard, and the Bears' Larry Gatewood used the silent treatment on the Longhorns, scoring 24 points in his team's 81-59 romp. Baylor then went on the road and made some noise by rattling defending SWC champ Texas A&M 79-71 as Gatewood scored 31 points.
Louisville was winning on the road in the Missouri Valley Conference, where visitors are rarely victors. The Cardinals triumphed at St. Louis 68-63 and Cincinnati 64-63, with a starting lineup composed of senior Mike Grosso and four cool-headed sophomores. The win over the Bearcats again proved that Louisville Coach John Dromo is a pretty cool customer himself. In his 2� seasons the Cardinals have played six one-point games and won them all.
In the disorderly Big Eight, where earlier Oklahoma State and then Oklahoma had taken the attention away from preseason favorites Colorado and Kansas, Kansas State became the latest surprise team. The Wildcats turned the tables on both the Cowboys and the Sooners with wins of 72-56 and 77-56. Against State, Jeff Webb scored five straight points to break a 27-27 first-half tie, and the Wildcats' aggressive man-to-man defense held the Cowboys to a 35% shooting average in the second period. Later, Sophomore Dave Hall came out of the infirmary, where he had been bedded down with a back injury, to score 21 points and grab 21 rebounds against Oklahoma.
After a 103-87 victory over a service team in Hawaii, Houston returned to the mainland and official competition to top West Texas State 91-83.
1. HOUSTON (12-1)
2. LOUISVILLE (7-2)