Marquette mentor Al McGuire got lost driving to his team's game with Wisconsin. "It was embarrassing," he said. "Then when I got here, the guy wanted to charge me 50� for parking. I said, 'Hey, I'm the coach." He said, 'You look like a big enough man to pay 50� So I paid." And so did Wisconsin, losing 64-58.
Kansas State beat Iowa State 78-74, and then Colorado 81-62 at Boulder, taking a narrow lead in the Big Eight Conference.
1. MINNESOTA (16-2)
2. MARQUETTE (18-2)
The week started disastrously for Southeastern Conference leader Alabama and then got worse. First, Mississippi embarrassed the Tide 66-62. "It hurts," said Coach C. M. Newton, "but we're still sitting here with just two losses." Two nights later Alabama vas floored again when LSU's Mike Darnall sank a 30-foot desperation shot for a 72-70 victory. The defeat was Alabama's third in its last four conference games and Tennessee took the lead in the SEC.
Enigmatic Kentucky kept its SEC hopes flickering with victories during the week over Auburn 88-57 and Mississippi 88-70. Senior Center Jim Andrews analyzed a season that has been equally composed of beautiful and woeful performances. Said he: Weird's the word for it. Weird."
Memphis State's 14-game winning streak vas derailed at Louisville 83-69, and the Tigers' position atop the Missouri Valley Conference was momentarily threatened. Then, against Tulsa, they shored it up again. Despite taking 24 fewer shots, scoring seven ewer goals from the field and losing the battle on the boards, Memphis State triumphed 91-87 in overtime mainly by hitting 29 of 13 free throws.
"It's no big thing," said Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell, acquiescing to his team's demand that he name one player to run the offense and another the defense. "We've lost two games in a row and we're down," noted Driesell. "Ten days ago we were on op of the world." The reorganized and rehabilitated Terps (who once were No. 3 naionally) started their climb back by beating Fordham 83-72 and Buffalo 93-64.
No. 2 North Carolina State (the " UCLA of the East," they like to say) continued undefeated with narrow victories over North Carolina 76—73 and Clemson 68-61, erasing ate-game deficits each time. Then the Wolf-jack clobbered Georgia Tech 118-94.
This might just be the year of the Dolphin. After Jacksonville flippered past his team 78-62, Creighton Coach Eddie Sutton sang in praise of the Dolphins. "Quick?" he said. 'Man, they're super-quick. And they're physical along with it. We've got a big, strong earn but they pushed us around as much as my body we've played. They are going to go a long way in the NCAA's." The Dolphins also beat South Alabama 77-63.