1. MARQUETTE (13-0)
2. KANSAS (11-1)
Kentucky Guard Kent Hollenbeck, who had played against Tennessee Captain Jimmy England in high school in Knoxville, kept talking to him. "They're not going to go in like that all day," he told England after every shot. But they did. England hit 10 of 17 from the field and led all scorers with 25 points as Tennessee beat Kentucky 75-71. A reserve 5'8" guard, Dick Johnston, sank all eight of his critical one-and-one foul shots down the stretch. Earlier the Volunteers gunned Florida 85-75 by hitting 61% from the floor.
Kentucky did better against Georgia, the SEC's last-place team, but Adolph Rupp was forced to use a 1-3-1 zone to combat a slowdown before the Wildcats could beat the Bulldogs 79-66 behind Forward Tom Parker's 23 points. "It would not be fair to the boys not to give them an opportunity to try to win," Georgia Coach Ken Rosemond said of his tactics afterward.
Barry Parkhill has had a recurring dream: big game, time running out, his team one point behind. Here comes the pass, floating into his hands. He shoots. It's up! It's in! It's true! Awake and jumping from 15 feet out, the Virginia sophomore really did sink a shot, with five seconds left, and what was left of South Carolina was destroyed 50-49. The Cavaliers made 17 of 26 shots from the field to pull off their big upset and hand South Carolina its third straight conference defeat. Gamecock Coach Frank McGuire was left shouting about an ACC conspiracy against his team. "This is some kind of setup," he said.
North Carolina beat Clemson routinely enough but lost a chance to rise in the rankings by falling to Wake Forest 96-84, thereby enabling Virginia to move into a tie for the ACC lead. Charlie Davis' 35 points insured the Deacons' victory.
Jacksonville tromped on Oklahoma City 95-67 just as OCU Coach Lemons had expected. His scouting report on Jacksonville was a blank sheet of paper decorated by one word in five-inch-high letters: HELP! Manhattan, 67-40 loser of a stalling game against Jacksonville ("What did you want us to do, lose by 50 or 60 points?" Coach John Powers asked), found all the fun was at its expense. Near the end of the game the playful Dolphins used a one-man defense, 7'2" Artis Gilmore guarding the goal alone while his four teammates stood at the opposite end of the court and cheered him on. Gilmore blocked one shot and prevented two others as it took Manhattan a full 60 seconds to score.
Georgia Tech's coach has been called "mild-mannered John Hyder" so long that he signs his checks that way, but last week Hyder had three technicals in one game, as Tech won once and lost twice.
1. TENNESSEE (11-2)
2. W. KENTUCKY (12-2)