There was unbeaten Marquette murdering outranked Northern Michigan with a 33 point lead at the start of the second half—and the lights began to flicker. God, Coach Al McGuire said to himself with more spirit than spirituality, don't make us forfeit when we're leading by 33 points. Pick a game that isn't so easy. His prayer seemed to do McGuire no harm: the lights stayed on and the Warriors breezed 106-57. The next sacrificial victim was Loyola, victor over Marquette in five of their last six games at Chicago Stadium. The Chicagoans got it 87-52 despite the box-and-one defense they uncrated for Dean Meminger. While he camped on the baseline, teammates did the damage.
Dave Robisch scored 25 points to take over from Wilt Chamberlain as the second leading scorer in Kansas history ( Clyde Lovellette is first), and the Jayhawks ran up the highest total ever scored against Iowa State at home, 95-72. Meanwhile, Oklahoma ousted Missouri from a league-lead tie, 92-63, as Scott Martin, just notified he was a straight-A scholar last semester, led the Sooners with 21 points.
Illinois had a fearsome weekend, playing USC and Notre Dame back-to-back. Ranked 18th going in against USC, the Illini had their worst shooting percentage of the year (35%) yet trailed by only four points with 6:20 left. Then they embarrassed Coach Harv Schmidt by losing 81-68. Normally mild-mannered, Schmidt damned USC with faint praise: "Southern Cal is as good as Villanova," he said. Illinois redeemed its fortunes handsomely the next night by beating Notre Dame 69-66 in overtime. Using a rare zone, a 3-2 that stopped Austin Carr, the Illini cut a five-point Irish lead with six minutes remaining down to a 61-61 tie with 3:05 to go. The tie held to the end, and then Greg Jackson's two free throws with 28 seconds left in overtime clinched the game.
In the same doubleheader Loyola, which had lost to UCLA the Friday before, completed its round-robin feat of losing to the country's three top teams in eight days by falling to USC 97-73.
Purdue made 26 errors and shot only 40% but the Boilermakers still hammered together a 79-74 victory over Marshall. F Troop—Bob Ford, William Franklin and George Faerber—shot down the Thundering Herd with 56 points between them. Michigan swamped Minnesota 97-79 as Henry Wilmore, the only Wolverine sophomore to score 40 points in a game, hit for 31 points.
Ohio State managed to lose to Michigan State 82-70 when the Spartans had their green uniforms stolen and resorted to borrowing OSU's scarlet road uniforms. "Maybe they thought it was just an intrasquad game," said a jubilant Gus Ganakas.
Drake humbled Memphis State 93-70 and moved into first place in the Missouri Valley as Louisville beat Bradley 86-75.
1. MARQUETTE (16-0)
2. KANSAS (14-1)