After a 92-81 ho-hummer over Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Ohio State Coach Fred Taylor said, "Their zone destroyed our tempo. I'm anxious to see our kids go against a man-to-man." He got the chance at Washington and was even more anxious afterward. The Huskies held Luke Witte to only nine points, hit 52% of their shots and upset the Buckeyes 67-63. Washington Coach Marv Harshman attributed the upset to "sincerity." "I've never had a team that played any more sincerely than tonight," he said. Minnesota and Michigan lived up to their preseason promises (page 30) while Iowa looked overpowering against little Chicago State, winning 101-44.
Marquette beat up badly outgunned St. Thomas of Minnesota 66-42, winning its 73rd straight home game before its 19th straight sellout crowd. But with Tennessee and Memphis coming next, Coach Al McGuire said, "The pie league is over."
Kansas State tipped off the season without a tip-off. San Diego State drew a technical for dunking the ball in warmups, Lon Kruger started the game by sinking the foul shot, and then K. State took the ball out of bounds, proceeding to a 79-67 victory. K. State also beat Eastern Kentucky 87-59. Missouri whomped Louisiana Tech 81-61 but had to struggle to whip scholarshipless University of California-Davis 77-70. Northern Illinois beat Wisconsin-Green Bay 84-78 with some difficulty and much sobering effect. "They're gonna be a delight to coach for about two weeks," an assistant said.
1. MARQUETTE (1-0)
2. MINNESOTA (2-0)