Texas remained a game behind Texas Tech in the SWC because it dropped a 72-71 overtime decision to TCU, a team the Longhorns had beaten earlier in the season by 51 points. TCU played the entire regulation period without once going to the foul line, but in overtime John Blakney sank two free throws to give the Frogs the victory. Tech beat Arkansas 89-83, but was upset at Texas A&M 98-95 in double overtime.
Seattle continued to hold onto a share of the WCAC lead with San Francisco, largely through the play of sophomore Guard Frank (Magic) Oleynick. Last week Magic's desperation shot from the deep right corner in the final two seconds swished through to give the Chieftains a 72-71 win over Pepperdine. "That was a prayer shot, and it was answered," said a teammate.
The WAC remained a jumbled race. Defending champion Arizona State lost its share of the league lead when it fell before New Mexico 89-72 and UTEP by the disastrous score of 82-48. UTEP had already hurt its chances with a disappointing 85-59 loss to Arizona. That gave Arizona room at the top, but New Mexico promptly closed the gap with a 99-72 homecourt win over the Wildcats. Which in turn left the door open for Utah to slip into first place with an 89-74 romp at Brigham Young.
1. LONG BEACH ST. (20-2)
2. UCLA (18-3)
Kansas State took over first place in the Big Eight with a 74-71 home win over Kansas. The Wildcats played a zone to keep out of foul trouble, and as a result the Jayhawks finished with just one of four free throws while Kansas State converted 18 of 24 to overcome a 35-28 field-goal deficit.
Oklahoma City staggered Oral Roberts' hopes for an NCAA at-large bid by upsetting the Titans 100-94. Herb Gilkey led the smaller Chiefs with 29 points and nine rebounds. "That little squirt killed us," moaned Titan Coach Ken Trickey. Memphis State avenged an earlier loss to Louisville with a 78-71 win while Austin Peay took over first place in the Ohio Valley with a 94-83 win over co-leader Morehead State.
Purdue lost its share of the Big Ten lead when it fell 112-111 in three overtimes to Iowa, which had won only four games all season. The hero for the Hawkeyes was Center Jim Collins who contributed 32 points, 26 better than his average, despite suffering from the flu. "I really don't feel like celebrating," he said afterward. "Every time one of those Purdue guys would hit me in the gut with an elbow I felt I was going to make a beeline for the boys' room." Michigan clung briefly to the top spot with a narrow 50-48 win over Northwestern. With three seconds left Chuck Rogers' block of Bob Hildebrand's layup kept Northwestern from tying the score. Hildebrand was given two free throws on the play and missed both. Meanwhile, Indiana continued to get stronger, pounding Wisconsin 81-63 before finally taking over the first-place spot expected of it with a 93-81 win over Michigan at week's end.
1. NOTRE DAME (20-1)
2. MARQUETTE (19-3)