Kentucky appeared lethargic in its opener, a 115-100 win at Northwestern, but the Wildcats came to life back home in Lexington. Two-time All-SEC Guard Mike Casey, who missed last season because of a broken leg, took charge again and helped hold off Michigan 104-93. Michigan sophomore Henry Wilmore hit 17 of 21 shots. "We couldn't stop him and not many people will," said the Wildcats' Adolph Rupp.
It was a big week for Virginia. First, the Cavaliers won the Virginia Big Five Tournament, beating VMI 81-52 and Virginia Tech 68-59. Then they upset Duke for the third straight year, 75-70. "Maybe this strikes a new mood for Virginia basketball," said elated Coach Bill Gibson. Earlier in the week Duke beat Princeton 79-75. Coach Pete Carril of Princeton was hit by two technical fouls for leaving his bench, but Duke's Bucky Waters avoided trouble, mainly because of a bright blue seat belt strapped around him. "I thought I'd get a double hernia," he said, "but I stayed down."
Auburn's John Mengelt scored 104 points in the Tigers' 93-87 win over Louisiana Tech, 86-69 loss to South Carolina and 91-85 win over North Carolina State. "John is a good Catholic boy," said South Carolina's Frank McGuire, "and he's the best one-on-one player I've seen in a long time."
1. S. CAROLINA (2-0)
2. JACKSONVILLE (2-0)
Jacksonville's debut in Madison Square Garden merely proved that, given uncontested shots, two teams can cripple the fastest scorekeeper in the land with writer's cramp. JU beat St. Peter's 152-106 as 7'2" Artis Gilmore scored 28 points and took 34 rebounds, but JU newcomer Harold Fox was the best player on the floor, with 29 points and 11 assists. The Dolphins also slaughtered Biscayne 132-88 during the week and were off to a flying start toward their hoped-for rematch with UCLA in the NCAA Tournament.
"I want them to look like good clean-cut all-American athletes," said Villanova's Jack Kraft, one of those coaches who think a sideburn is when you bump your hip against a hot stove. He ordered his players to comply or else. "I guess I'm getting a haircut," said 6'5" Guard Chris Ford. Then the well-groomed Wildcats went out and drubbed Philadelphia Textile 91-71. Ford scored six points in overtime against visiting Princeton, but Princeton's own Brian Taylor had just as much to do with the outcome. He had 25 points with seven minutes left when he was ejected for arguing with a referee. The Tigers lost 81-75.
Penn had a spectacular display of first-half shooting (21 of 37) in its 85-71 win over Rutgers, then weathered an annoying stall to beat stubborn Navy 59-45. "They have an awfully good second and third team, too," said Rutgers Coach Bill Foster.
St. John's got 50 points from two sophomores, Mel Davis and Bill Schaeffer, in an 83-75 win over American University. Harvard beat Dartmouth 89-78, but Dartmouth's James Brown outscored Harvard's James Brown 20-14.