BYU, which clinched the WAC championship by beating Wyoming 70-56 and Colorado State 105-85 at home, will play its last two games at UTEP and New Mexico purely for recreation. The Cougars (20-3) will enter the NCAA regional at Pocatello. Weber State won its fifth straight Big Sky title and a Pocatello berth, too, probably against Hawaii, by taking Idaho 82-56.
The Rainbows, meanwhile, ended their season at 24-2 by beating San Diego twice, 94-75 and 91-83. About 7,500 islanders, all clad in green, sent seniors Jerome Freeman, Bob Nash, Dwight Holiday and Al Davis off with a poignant aloha.
Houston, taking advantage of two smaller foes, beat Corpus Christi 105-81 and Houston Baptist 96-80 for its 11th straight victory.
1. UCLA (23-0)
2. LONG BEACH STATE (23-3)
North Carolina, lying as it does between Virginia and South Carolina, has been called "a valley of humility between two mountains of conceit." Before its big game Saturday with the Tar Heels, Virginia would have liked to avoid any humility at all but, alas, it was not to be. North Carolina towered over the Cavaliers 91-78, largely because of its defense. The team held Virginia's Barry Park-hill to eight baskets on 20 attempts, and Bob McAdoo, as Virginia Coach Bill Gibson said, "hurt us under our basket by rejecting all those shots." Earlier Virginia had slipped past Clemson 62-60 and put down Pitt 84-74 while North Carolina was routing Georgia Tech 87-66.
Maryland struggled against normally hapless Richmond, 76-61, but was upset 68-59 by reviving Duke, as Bucky Waters' mongoose offense won again. Duke student signs that read FIRE BUCKY before a 74-73 overtime defeat of N.C. State now said BACK BUCKY AND THE BOYS.
Cincinnati's Tay Baker warned his Bearcats about Southwestern Louisiana's Dwight Lamar, and the Ragin' Cajun did not disappoint him, scoring 38 points. But Derrek Dickey got 32 points of his own, Lloyd Batts added 23 and Cincy won 86-82.
Although Memphis State handled Wichita rather routinely, 108-98, the Tigers ran into a hot time in Tulsa, where they were caught in a motel fire and the heavy crossfire of Steve Bracey and Jim Clesson, who between them scored 64 points. Fortunately for the Tigers, nobody was hurt—in the motel or the game—as State just survived 91-90.
After avenging an earlier loss to Georgia, Kentucky was upset by LSU 88-71. Tennessee beat Florida 55-52 but then lost to Alabama 72-67 and remained half a game behind the Cats in the tight SEC race.