Navy surprised Temple 65-61, while Rutgers, with 38 points from John Somogyi, beat Pitt 92-76. For the first time in 16 years, Marshall was back among the top 20, and just as last time the Thundering Herd lost to Morehead State. In winning 103-98, the Eagles went with sophomores and shot 68% in the first half. The Herd recovered to beat Western Michigan 102-77.
Four Ivy teams each picked up two league victories. Penn ran its three-year Ivy win streak to 30 games, stopping Dartmouth 92-62 and Harvard 81-52. After downing Michigan 91-82, Princeton took care of Harvard 74-67 and Dartmouth 84-73. Yale outlasted Cornell 92-82, Columbia 71-61. Arnie Berman twice scored 38 points as Brown beat Columbia 77-72 and Cornell 101-88.
1. PENN (9-1)
2. VILLANOVA (10-1)
Bit Ten teams got off some final sparring against outsiders before their own infighting. But Indiana, to its sorrow, was caught with a knockout punch by Northern Illinois 85-71. Going into the game, Northern was the second highest scoring team in the country—around 100 points—and Indiana was holding opponents to about 35 under that. The Huskies outrebounded the Hoosiers 57-40, contained them with a zone and got 24 points from Jim Bradley, who triggered the fast break with quick outlet passes.
Wisconsin lost, too, but nobody was surprised. Marquette was the victor, 72-60, as the Warriors solved a variation of a triangle-two defense, in which the Badgers played a zone out front and man-to-man inside, by overloading the zone. Jim Chones of Marquette had his finest game: 31 points, 13 rebounds, five blocked shots.
Allan Hornyak warmed up with 26 points as Ohio State took Creighton 94-76, then scored 28 in a 78-70 win over Purdue. Illinois, a slow starter all season, scored only 18 points in the first half but fought back to beat Northwestern 67-63. Conversely, Wisconsin squandered a 16-point lead over Iowa, then bounced back to win 81-80. Michigan struggled past Michigan State 83-75. Trailing 51-46 with 4:22 left, Minnesota began forcing Indiana turnovers and took the game 52-51 when Bob Nix sank two foul shots with 17 seconds to go.
Road victories are hard to come by in the Big Eight. Thus, Oklahoma Coach John MacLeod was understandably worried on the eve of his conference opener at Iowa State. "Then we hit on the sandwich idea," he said. This consisted of feeding his players pregame sandwiches instead of steaks. "They grumbled all the way to the game," MacLeod said. Then they bit State 77-72. Missouri upped its record to 11-1 by stopping outsider Ohio U. 78-76.
Defending Mid-American champion Miami of Ohio was bumped off twice. First came a 60-54 loss to Kent State in which Roger Evans of the Golden Flashes had 21 rebounds and 19 points. Then a 67-57 setback to Toledo as Tom Kozelko got 13 straight points and 29 overall. Toledo also stopped Western Michigan 88-84. Kent State, missing a flu-bitten Evans, lost to St. Bonaventure 76-63.
Drake began defense of its Missouri Valley title by nipping Wichita State 61-58 and dipping to Tulsa 94-76. Bradley downed Memphis State and North Texas.