They were called tournaments, festivals, classics, invitationals, championships. By any name, a good time was not had by all.
No team, for instance, was more distraught than Marshall or its coach, Carl Tacy, who bemoaned the lack of hospitality at the Milwaukee Classic. He refused to let his players shake hands with Marquette's team before the finale and "almost hit" Warrior Coach Al McGuire, with whom he declined to shake hands after his 74-72 loss to them. "I don't like the guy," McGuire said. "He is a phony, an Elmer Gantry." Marshall won the field-goal war 62-46, but lost because the Warriors sank 28 foul shots.
LSU Coach Press Maravich felt the officiating at the Astro-Bluebonnet affair was anything but classic, even though he got what he asked for. Awarded a technical foul during a game against Texas A&M, he yelled, "Give me two." He got two. "Give me three," he said. The official gave him a third and banished him. Even with its coach gone, LSU managed to draw two more technicals as it lost the unconsoling consolation game 73-68. Meanwhile, Houston beat Michigan State in the final 106-73.
Missouri's last triumph in the Big Eight Tournament was in 1954, when Norm Stewart scored 18 points against Kansas State. Last week the Tigers again faced the Wildcats in the showdown, and again Stewart helped out. Leading by three points with four minutes left, Stewart, now the Missouri coach, ordered his "layup offense." Sure enough, the half-court-spread tactics led to four quick layups. Missouri won 67-58.
Favored Jacksonville finished fifth at the All-College Tournament, which went to Eastern Kentucky, an 83-78 winner over Oklahoma City. Stanford took the Motor City championship over Valparaiso 80-66.
1. MARQUETTE (8-0)
2. OHIO STATE (7-2)
"I wanted to show people in this state that there is another team besides Jacksonville and Florida State." The speaker, Florida's Tony Miller, showed enough to be the MVP at the Gator Bowl Tournament. He also showed off a broken finger, the price he paid when two flying Illini crashed into him during a last-chance shot in the championship game. The officials ruled Miller did not shoot—and break—before the buzzer. The Gators lost 76-75. Earlier, Illinois stopped North Carolina State 74-71.
It took five successful foul shots by John Ritter in the last two minutes for Indiana to hold off Old Dominion 88-86 in the latter's tournament. MVP Joby Wright had 24 points in the game and another 18 in the Hoosiers' 61-50 opening-round victory over Brigham Young.