North Carolina's reign was now in Spain. The Tar Heels spent their vacation in Madrid and won three games to capture the International Christmas Tournament title. But the championship game was not that easy, and North Carolina struggled before downing Europe's best amateur team, Real Madrid, 83-77. Said Coach Dean Smith: "They've been together for 10 or 12 years. Their shooting is amazing. They would rank among the Top Ten college teams in America." Before their foreign invasion, the Tar Heels gave their friends in the ACC something to think about. They smashed North Carolina State 99-68, in taking the Big Four Tournament. Dennis Wuycik and Robert McAdoo scored 20 apiece and McAdoo held State's Tom Burleson to just eight points.
Barry Parkhill's aim was to prove before Christmas that there is a Virginia. "It will be nice," said Parkhill, "to go home for Christmas and wait for somebody to ask how we are doing. I'll answer, 'Oh, we're 7-0 and nationally ranked.' " The Cavaliers' seventh win, 93-58 over Richmond, came in the final of the Roanoke Classic with Parkhill scoring a third of Virginia's points.
Teams receiving an invitation to the University of Kentucky tournament should beware. The Princeton Tigers, who already had a North Carolina hide to their credit and surely were no turkeys, were swallowed by Adolph Rupp's Wildcats 96-82. Jim Andrews, Tom Parker and Ronnie Lyons combined for 72 points while Princeton's Brian Taylor scored 39.
Tennessee proved just as nasty to its guests in the Volunteer Classic. First, the Vols frustrated Penn State with a 57-55 opening-round win, then they jolted Michigan State in the championship game 85-61. Len Kosmalski, Tennessee's sophomore center, scored 36 points in the two games and was named the MVP as the Vols took their sixth straight tournament title.
South Carolina's Gamecocks remained unbeaten through five starts, four of them away, by winning at Pitt 69-59. Kevin Joyce had 24 points and Tom Riker added 18.
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After seven minutes St. Bonaventure seemed to be in for a tough night against Boston College and Coach Larry Weise went to his bench. In came Jimmy Wallace for Tom Baldwin and Wallace hit a 20-footer to put the Bonnies ahead. He finished with eight of 14 for 16 points in an 86-66 win, causing teammate Matt Gantt to say: "That cat came off the bench and did what we always thought he could do. He gave us a big lift." Another cat who helped was sophomore Center Glenn Price, who contributed 31 points.
In Philly, where basketball is thicker than brotherly love, Temple put it to nationally ranked Penn 57-52. Coach Harry Litwack sprang a box-and-one on the Quakers, assigning Mike Jones the responsibility of shadowing Bobby Morse. Morse scored just five points, but he was not much worse than his fellow players, who hit only 33% of their shots. The loss was the first in 49 regular-season games for the Quakers. "I'm sure the box-and-one was a factor," said Penn's Chuck Daly. "But I question whether we will ever have as bad a shooting night again." Certainly not against Western Kentucky, gunned down by the Quakers 88-79. In its next game Temple opened up on Stanford, winning 76-64 as sophomore Guard John Kneib scored 15 points. Kneib's name is spelled K-n-i-e-b on his warmup jacket, but he doesn't mind. "I saw it before our first game, but I won't change it. I wear it for good luck."