Thus energized, Indiana hit nine of its first 11 shots in the second half to go in front 54-50. Minnesota's frustration showed when Clyde Turner, who led all scorers with 30 points, fouled out with 1:32 left. As he went to the bench he tossed an obscene gesture at the Hoosier crowd.
Purdue's jump to the top came after a stunning 63-62 victory over Michigan, which had been unbeaten in the conference. With Wisconsin spoiling Michigan State's bid for a seventh straight road victory, 93-80, the scrambled weekend results gave new life to second-echelon teams like Ohio State. The Buckeyes ended a three-game skid by downing Georgia Tech 85-79 and then getting by Iowa 75-72.
1. MINNESOTA (12-2)
2. MARQUETTE (12-2)
For UCLA haters it turned out to be the week that wasn't. This was to be the big test: San Francisco and Providence back to back. Good-by easy schedule, good by streak, good by Uclans. For icing, the Bruins would face the nationally ranked pair without Tommy Curtis, the fiery point man in their one-guard offense who was home with the London flu. San Francisco, which owns the 60-straight streak UCLA was rapidly closing on, stepped in first with its towering front line—and fell in a heap 92-64. That made UCLA 58 in a row.
"It's frustrating," said USF Coach Bob Gaillard. "About the only way, truthfully, to beat them would be to play them at home, play a perfect game, shoot 60%, have the personnel to match up with them—and even then I don't think you could do it."
Next up were the Friars from Providence, and on the strength of some fantastic shooting by Ernie DiGregorio they hung on for half a game. Then they too fell 101-77.
"We tried every sophisticated type of defense—the 2-2-1, the full press, the combination press, man-to-man, half-court press, matchup in a 2-3 zone," said Dave Gavitt, who coaches the Friars. "Nothing worked." Coming up for the Bruins were Loyola of Chicago and a chance to tie the record, and then Notre Dame and a shot at breaking it.
Last week, Steve Smith, Loyola of Los Angeles' 6'8" center who is averaging 22.5 points and 13.4 rebounds, was honored at a basketball writers' luncheon. Smith couldn't thank everybody enough for making him what he is.
"I want to thank my trainer for keeping my body in shape," he said. "And my coach, Dick Baker, for pulling me through. When the season started I was a psychological Disneyland. I was a basket case. Well, he nursed me through. Oh, and I'd like to thank Bill Barron, the sports publicity director. Everything I get credit for is his doing. For example, when we played Southern Cal I went to the free-throw line early in the game and someone in the stands yelled, "You're overrated, Smith.' That made me feel great because I didn't think anyone even knew who I was. Bill must have got the word out."