1. UCLA (4-0)
2. USC (4-0)
Last summer Coach Maury John spent his evenings in his office on the Drake University campus writing a book about his team's intimidating man-for-man defense. A flyer sent to 20,000 coaches by John's wife described the book as "no filler—all facts." John has nicknamed the defense "belly button," and last week the 7,000 partisans who crammed into Iowa State's crumbling armory learned to their dismay how effective the belly button could be. State managed only one field goal in the game's first 10 minutes. The Drake Bulldogs eventually won 87-63, and they kept Gene Mack, the Cyclones' leading scorer, from hitting a field goal in the first half.
On Saturday, however, Maury John and his Bulldogs returned home to Des Moines and trouble. The belly button worked fine against four of the Iowa Hawkeye starters, who were held to single figures. But the fifth, Guard Fred Brown, managed 32 points even though he was rested five times during the game because of a sprained ankle. Ironically, it was Brown who finally cost Iowa the game. With only 17 seconds to play and Drake leading 71-70, Brown was awarded two free throws. He missed both. "He was tense, he was hurting and he has nothing to be ashamed of," said Hawkeye Coach Dick Schultz.
Notre Dame, ranked sixth in the nation just ahead of Drake, was also given a scare last weekend. Only two minutes remained and the Irish were trailing St. Louis University 67-61 when Collis Jones scored twice and stole a pass. Then Austin Carr hit a free throw to draw Notre Dame to within one point of the Billikens and finally saved Notre Dame's pride and ranking with a 15-foot jump shot for a 68-67 Irish victory.
Marquette, which had not won its out-of-town opener since 1967, traveled to Minneapolis and reversed its luck. With Jim Chones, a 6'11" sophomore, grabbing 10 rebounds and scoring 18 points in the second half, Al McGuire's Warriors defeated well regarded Minnesota 70-61. "You beat the Big Ten on the road and you've really done something," McGuire said. "Maybe we do deserve to be ranked fourth in the country."
Eighth-ranked Pennsylvania, the East's top team, was also successful on a Big Ten court. The Quakers overturned a 56-49 Ohio State lead with just seven minutes to play and won with accurate foul shooting by Guards Steve Bilsky and Dave Wohl during the final minute 71-64. Earlier in the week Penn waltzed through New York University 91-62.
Bob Ford scored a game-high 26 points in Purdue's 90-63 win over North Texas State. The following evening Ford, a member of Purdue's glee club, sang bass in a Christmas concert. He once played the role of Emile de Becque in a high school production of South Pacific. "I like to sing," the 6'7" junior said. "It's something for me to fall back on, but I don't think I'll make it to Broadway." Maybe not Broadway, but Ford could find himself a block from there come March. The Big Ten has tentatively approved sending a league representative to the NIT at Madison Square Garden.
1. MARQUETTE (4-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (3-1)