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Upsets abounded elsewhere, West Virginia and Duquesne becoming first-time losers and Villanova being stopped by Providence 76-69. The Mountaineers, playing away for the first time, lost not once but twice—91-76 to Pitt and 77-64 to Penn State. Pitt also beat Davidson 91-78. George Gervin scored the last two of his 22 points on a driving layup with three seconds left as Eastern Michigan jarred Duquesne 70-69. But the Dukes found solace at Olean, N.Y. where they beat St. Bonaventure 96-91 as 6'9" sophomore Lionel (Big Train) Billingy scored 29 points and fouled out the Bonnies' Matt Gantt with 10:06 remaining. Trailing 70-69 with 16 seconds to go against Holy Cross, Boston College Coach Bob Zuffelato decided to send in Dave Ulrich for one last shot. Dave Ulrich? He hadn't played all night. Ulrich got the ball, let go with a jumper and swished it.
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Wisconsin Coach John Powless sadly told his first-, second-and sixth-best scorers that they could not play against Indiana because they had broken curfew. He told his remaining players to use basic strategy even though that was the type of game the Hoosiers preferred. So, with eight seconds left, the Badgers trailed by only a point 60-59, and then it was time for Indiana Coach Bob Knight to feel like climbing a wall. Not once but twice his team tossed the ball inbounds directly to Wisconsin's Kim Hughes, who got a foul shot out of the exchanges to send the game into overtime. The Badgers finally won 66-64 when Craig Manwaring sank a shot at the buzzer.
Illinois Coach Harv Schmidt had a trying week, too. After being beaten by Michigan 75-70, he said, "They're the first team that killed us on the boards." One of the killers was 5'8" Dave Hart, who pulled down eight rebounds, two fewer than 6'9" Bill Morris of Illinois. And then the Illini lost their second home game of the week when Purdue rallied to win 85-74.
Memphis State Coach Gene Bartow had been lamenting the lack of emotion among his players, but against Tulsa they seemed stimulated enough, winning 99-72 as Ronnie Robinson grabbed 21 rebounds and Larry Finch dropped in 28 points.
A full-court press by Oklahoma nearly caused Nebraska to blow a 15-point lead in the waning minutes, but the Cornhuskers hung on 77-70. Against Colorado, it was the Huskers who used full-court maneuvers, and they won again, 67-55.