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Notre Dame was not UCLA's only problem in the Midwest. The Bruins even had a little trouble stopping Loyola (2-11). The Chicago team threw a box-and-chaser at the Bruins, held Henry Bibby to one basket and seized a 31-27 lead. Then UCLA's big men surrounded 6'9" LaRue Martin, their only competition on the boards, and fouled him out. Said Loyola Coach George Ireland, "Once those guys get loose under the basket, you're out of business. You could hit 'em all with a club and they still wouldn't fall over."
Undefeated Marquette survived a scare from undersized, underdog De Paul. The Demons, leading at one stage by 12 points, were still ahead at halftime 35-33. But then the Warriors found the right warpath. They outscored De Paul 40-16 in the second half and won 73-51.
"To stay in it with Kansas you have to hit those 15-footers," Iowa State's Glen Anderson said. About 55% of them, he might have added. Or maybe 60. As it was, Kansas annihilated the Cyclones 83-57. Oklahoma State Coach Sam Aubrey subscribed to the same theory so thoroughly that he pulled even his frontcourt men outside, hoping to draw out Kansas mountains Dave Robisch and Roger Brown. That worked so well that Kansas won only 90-55, running up the highest point total ever scored against Oklahoma State. The Jayhawkers have now won 22 straight at home, the longest streak ever at the house Phog Allen built.
Drake defeated Louisville 81-78 in a big-football-game sort of finale. With four seconds to go and the score 78-all, Drake Coach Maury John was on his knees drawing a play with chalk on the floor. Time in. As Jeff Halliburton, throwing the ball in, faked a look in the wrong direction, Dave Wicklund, a seldom-used sub, broke into a perfect fly pattern. Halliburton hit him with the bomb, Wicklund laid it in just as he was clobbered and Drake won. In the melee that followed, all a dazed Wicklund could say was, "Did I make it? Did I make it?" Not only did he make it, when order finally was restored and the teams were brought back from their dressing rooms and the basketball from storage, he went to the foul line and made a foul shot, too.
Embroiled in the usual eye-for-an-eye warfare with arch-rivals Utah and Brigham Young, Utah State escaped near-gougings to roll on to a 15-2 record. Against Utah at Salt Lake City, the Aggies lost playmaker Jeff Tebbs with a ruptured eye blood vessel in the first four minutes and the Utes, who led by 13 points after 15 minutes, were shutting off the boards with their man-to-man. Then Coach La-Dell Andersen plugged in a spread-court offense and Nate Williams immediately hit some phenomenal shots. Williams scored 30 points, Marv Roberts 30, supersub Ron Hatch 20, and the Happy Valley folk of Utah State went home 102-92 winners.
BYU worked all week on a highly original defense, a triangle zone under the basket plus a man-on-man for Roberts and Williams that locked the running Utags into a tight defensive struggle. But Roberts scored 18, Hatch 16, and Williams swished a 30-footer with two seconds left. Final score: 72-70.