Western Kentucky defeated Eastern Kentucky 83-64 and Tennessee Tech 95-82, the former in front of Western's largest home crowd ever, 14,006. After another close win, this time at Mississippi State (79-71), Kentucky had its first easy victory of the year, beating Florida 101-75. The Wildcats celebrated by twice leaving 7'2" Center Tom Payne alone to bring the ball down court. The second trip Payne, pressed, dribbled behind his back and the crowd went crazy.
In a 51-47 game too controlled even for the ball-hugging Volunteers, Tennessee shot only 34% and was nearly upset by Georgia. Earlier the Vols throttled Mississippi's Johnny Neumann down to 26 points and won 98-85. Neumann upped his output to 37 points against Mississippi State—just seven points under his season's average—and the Rebels won 83-74.
Jacksonville crushed Miami 124-82, aided by 20 points or more from Pembrook Burrows, Artis Gilmore, Harold Fox and Vaughn Wedeking, and by the performance of the Miami team plane, which was three hours late on a 40-minute flight.
1. W. KENTUCKY (11-1)
2. S. CAROLINA (9-2)
Marquette' bringing the visiting fathers up short, whipped Loyola 78-63 and Xavier 91-60. Loyola felt shortest around 6'11" sophomore Jim Chones, who got 27 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and six blocked shots. "He looked like the top of a mountain out there," Coach Al McGuire said gleefully. Marquette's thrashing of Xavier was its 23rd straight victory—the longest current winning streak among major teams—and its 49th straight at Milwaukee Arena, both school records.
Kansas was taking a study break. Northwestern wished Indiana's George McGinnis would go read a book somewhere, too. The 6'7" 235-pound sophomore from Indianapolis scored 38 points, snatched 23 rebounds and generally put words—extravagant words—in everybody's mouth. "Unbelievable," said Northwestern Coach Brad Snydor. "He has more physical talent than any other player I have seen in the Big Ten. Yes, more than Cazzie Russell." "George can go inside and outside or go down the middle and lay the ball in behind his back," said Indiana's Lou Watson. Snyder saw just one failing in McGinnis: he can't count to three. "The lane violation was not being called," he said. "Those guys were camped in there and eating lunch." That might account for the fact that Indiana pulled down 31 more rebounds than Northwestern, which was losing by a mere 69-68 before the muscle began to tell. After the 101-90 final Snyder concluded, "I'm tired of playing good games against great teams and not winning."
Purdue barely got by Minnesota 83-76 after the Gophers had suspended high scorer Ollie Shannon for missing practice. Taking up the slack, sophomore Jim Brewer scored 30 points and helped his team to a 37-32 halftime lead. But after four minutes of the second period Purdue was on top 45-42 and Minnesota was in foul trouble, mostly because of the muscular Purdue front line of George Faerber, William Franklin and Bob Ford. Purdue made 15 of 17 attempts in one-and-one foul situations, and Larry Weatherford scored 25 points, putting it away.
Illinois beat Michigan State 89-61, using four sophomores consistently and employing 14 players. Wisconsin lost to Michigan 90-89 on a last-second goaltending call, but beat Australia's indefatigable nationals wandering around the outback of Big Ten ball 94-63.
For the first time in 23 home games Drake lost, and to Tulsa 66-60, the last team to beat the Bulldogs in Des Moines. Now 8 and 5, Tulsa's Golden Hurricanes were led by Center Dana Lewis, who got 15 rebounds and blocked eight shots, and by Guard Steve Bracey, who got 21 points and stole the ball seven times. Louisville cheered up hospitalized Coach John Dromo with a 115-76 victory over Kentucky's Georgetown and a 90-72 win over North Texas State, but came a cropper for the second time this season when it lost to Memphis State 78-75.