1. PENN (2-0)
2. VILLANOVA (2-0)
The best confrontations of the week were in South Bend: Notre Dame vs. South Carolina and Austin Carr vs. the visitors' John Roche. The Irish rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to tie the game twice, but Carolina pulled ahead again to win 85-82. Gamecock Center Tom Riker had four three-point plays, the last breaking a 58-58 tie. Roche handled the ball well, outscored Carr 32-27 and put in all 16 of his free throws. The loss was a blow to the many Midwest coaches who think the Atlantic Coast Conference is overrated.
A bomb scare at Kansas' Allen Field House proved to be unfounded, and the only damage was to visiting Long Beach State. The high-ranked 49ers committed five fouls in the first four minutes, missed 19 of their first 20 shots, made 18 turnovers in the first half and twice moved into the lane too soon on foul shots. Better organized in the second half, Long Beach managed to lose by only 69-52. "I know we're better than that," said stunned losing Coach Jerry Tarkanian. "At least I hope we are, or it could be the most disastrous season in history."
Illinois Coach Harv Schmidt said his team was going to run and score more this season, and that is what happened in its opening 113-102 defeat of Butler. But Schmidt did not mean for his men to forget defense. When asked after the game if he wanted to see the scorebook he said, "No! I never want to see that many points against us." Four nights later, still at home, the Illini collapsed against Oklahoma in the second half, making as many turnovers as baskets (10), and were upset 74-72 when Paul Crowell tipped in a rebound one second before the buzzer.
Marquette demolished St. John's ( Minn.) 87-58 and St. Louis 95-72. Undermanned Kansas State slowed it up and stayed close all the way, but Indiana got 26 points from sophomore George McGinnis and won 75-72. Purdue was knocked off twice, 100-98 by Tulsa in overtime and 84-82 by Indiana State. It was the Sycamores' first win over Purdue in 19 games and 68 years.
1. MARQUETTE (2-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (1-1)
UCLA Forwards Curtis Rowe and Sidney Wicks were about 15 minutes late for the pregame meal, so Coach John Wooden decided "to let them rest awhile" against Rice. After almost 10 minutes the Owls were ahead 27-24 and Wooden decided the two seniors had rested enough. Less than four minutes after he unleashed them UCLA was in command and went on to boil Rice 124-78. The night before the victim was Baylor, 108-77. "It will take a combination of the New York Knickerbockers and the Milwaukee Bucks to dethrone them," said Baylor Coach Bill Menefee.
Oregon, perhaps UCLA's strongest Pacific Eight rival, played unselfishly and well in romping over San Jose State 95-65, Portland 76-54 and Texas Tech 96-81. Duck Center Stan Love drew raves for his defense and scoring (77 points in the three games).