Louisville, with Jim Price getting 30 points, beat Cincinnati 84-76. And a 42-point splurge by Richie Fuqua led Oral Roberts past St. Francis (Pa.) 125-104.
1. MARQUETTE (10-0)
2. OHIO STATE (9-2)
" Long Beach could beat UCLA," said San Diego State Coach Dick Davis after watching the 49ers two weeks ago. "The only reason he would ever say that is because he has to play us," retorted 49er Coach Jerry Tarkanian. Then his team won 89-75. Davis' postgame comment: "They are even better than I thought."
A computerized rating service ranked Hawaii as the nation's No. 1 college team. "If we're No. 1, I'm a Chinese aviator," responded Rainbow Coach Red Rocha. It looks like he'll never get off the ground. Playing its first road game, Hawaii lost to Loyola of L.A. 88-78.
No. 1 was the subject of conversation back on the Coast, too, where UCLA opened the Pac 8 season by beating Oregon State 78-72 and Oregon 93-68. "Obviously the best," said Oregon Coach Dick Harter. He also praised UCLA Center Bill Walton, who had 30 points, 17 rebounds and shooed the Ducks into the corners for their shots. "He is the finest player I have ever coached against," Harter said. Bruin boss John Wooden, who previously lavished no adjective more colorful than "strong" on his team, seemed shaken, too. "We are outstanding—and we're going to get better," he said.
Two dazzling second-half efforts by Paul Westphal carried USC past Oregon 66-46 and Oregon State 87-75. Stanford also won twice, beating Washington State 76-54 and Washington 85-80 in overtime as 6'9" sophomore Mike Mann blocked 12 shots.
Two visitors were shell-shocked. Oklahoma City lost to California 127-67 as Chief Coach Abe Lemons drew four technical fouls and was ejected. Dartmouth, a 102-85 loser to Stanford, was assessed five technicals.
Powerful 6'7", 240-pound Mike Bowling of Arizona State knew his assignment: stop BYU's 6'11", 195-pound Kresimir Cosic. After 15 minutes and rugged infighting, the two giants squared off. Bowling won that battle with a solid clomp to Cosic's forehead, but the Cougars won the war 111-102 as Cosic put in 25 points.
Arizona arrived in Utah with a 1-10 record but left with a 78-76 Western Athletic Conference win. Then the Wildcats were drubbed by BYU 88-67. This was to be a rebuilding year for Colorado State. So the Rams built their record to 9-1, first by beating New Mexico 93-65 as Guards Paul Ball and Gary Rhoades combined for 42 points and 21 rebounds, then by stunning Texas-El Paso 63-62. Rhoades, kept awake by a party the night before, set up Travis Lackey for the winning basket at the buzzer.