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Marquette, undefeated in 22 starts this year and all 26 regular-season games last year, got itself not only beaten, but badly as Detroit humbled the Warriors 70-49. It was Marquette's lowest point total ever under Al McGuire. Detroit shot 61% from the floor and clogged the middle thoroughly on defense. "It's probably the worst game I ever coached," McGuire said, shrugging off the loss of Jim Chones. "Even if we'd had Kareem Jabbar we would not have beaten Detroit today."
For the second time this season Louisville defeated Cincinnati. Guard Jim Price, the game's high scorer with 25 points, held Cincy's Lloyd Batts to four points and grabbed nine rebounds in the 93-73 victory. Then, on Sunday, the Cardinals beat St. Louis, 84-78.
In a rocky Big Ten week Michigan came out with solid credentials, downing Minnesota 64-52 and switching places with the Gophers as the conference leaders. Down 31-23 at halftime because of Minnesota's full-court zone press, the Wolverines went into a press of their own. Thereafter junior Ernie Johnson blanked Minnesota ace Clyde Turner. Ohio State stayed in contention by winning at Northwestern, 76-74 in overtime. The shaky Buckeyes, who missed 16 of 28 free throws at Illinois a week before, sank 22 of 29 this time out. The Ohio State hero was sophomore Wardell Jackson, who hit a jumper from the corner with two seconds left to send the game into overtime and then scored a key rebound goal with 45 seconds left in the extra period. Ohio State and its brawl rival, Minnesota, are tied for second place in the conference and both have three games to play, only one away from home.
Kansas invited its entire 1952 NCAA championship team back as guests for a Big Eight showdown battle against Missouri, and there was no need to suit up any of them. Jayhawk Bud Stallworth ended with 50 points, a Big Eight conference game record, and Kansas won 93-80. Kansas State took advantage of Missouri's loss to move into first place, beating Oklahoma State 74-52 and Oklahoma 80-71.
UCLA's ruinin' Bruins had three reasonably tough Pacific Eight games in one week—and made chopped meat of all three opponents. On Monday they had Cougarburgers, grinding Washington State 85-55. Friday, Bill Walton gobbled up Oregon with 37 points, a career high for the sophomore center as the Ducks were cooked 92-70. But Saturday's game against Oregon State was expected to be the hardest. It was, just barely. "We were destroyed at the start," said Coach Ralph Miller. "One man goes the wrong way on the tip. His man scores. Then we make two or three turnovers before we get a shot. They sure make it a long night awfully early." The score: 91-72.
The Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara twice galloped to 14-point leads over sixth-ranked Long Beach, but CSULB simply wore Santa Barbara down with superior height, 80-66. At halftime Coach Jerry Tarkanian put in a 3-2 zone, but told Glenn McDonald to stay with John Tschogl only on the zone's perimeter. McDonald misunderstood, creating a box-and-one that worked so well Tschogl scored only four points the rest of the game. The 49ers had even more trouble before edging Los Angeles State 62-60.