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In a week distinguished by upsets, the Midwest led the way. Louisville's 12-game win streak was broken by Bradley, which led by nine points with 12:26 left, trailed by four with 4:31 to go and then triumphed with a final surge. Greg Smith scored five quick points, Tom Les came up with three steals in a row and Bradley pulled away for a 65-59 victory, benefiting from 31 turnovers.
In first place in the Big Eight was lightly regarded Nebraska (3-0) which downed Oklahoma 68-61 and Colorado 85-59. The Cornhuskers prodded the Sooners into 32 errors and got 24 points from quick-as-a-blink Guard Jerry Fort. Conference favorite Kansas was crumpled 96-81 by Iowa State as Hercle (Poison) Ivy tossed in 36 points. But then the Cyclones were jolted by Missouri 87-85. Also deflated was Oklahoma State, which had started off the league scramble with two successive wins for the first time since 1965. Then State was stopped 71-60 by Kansas.
Arkansas, a perennial underachiever, was tied for the Southwest Conference lead with Texas A&M at 2-0. The Razorbacks beat Texas Tech, the league's top-rated team, 65-62 and then won 73-69 over SMU, which had thrashed defending champion Texas 74-59. The Aggies fried Rice 64-61 and TCU 81-69.
Also upset was Kentucky State, the nation's No. 1 small-college squad, which was toppled by Lincoln (Mo.) 85-83 in overtime.
In the Tulsa- Oklahoma City game, a foul time was had by all. Seventy-one transgressions were noted by the officials, 39 of them against the visiting Tulsans, four of whom fouled out. The Chiefs were even worse off. Their 13-man roster was reduced to five able and eligible bodies after six players had been eliminated by fouls, one by the flu and another because of an injury. Hardiest of the Chiefs was 6'2" freshman Guard Jon Manning, who scored 43 points. Tulsa sank 36 free throws in winning the fouled-up affair 106-105 in double overtime.
Clemson fans had every right to yell "timber," though not because their oft-maligned 7'1" Wayne (Tree) Rollins had been felled. Tree was peeved by what he felt were derogatory comments by Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell and by a newsman's reference to him as the "Twig" among Atlantic Coast Conference centers. So he went out and scored 24 points and blocked nine shots as Clemson edged the Terps 83-82. Maryland had victimized North Carolina State the week before and had been warned by Driesell that "the hardest thing to face in life is prosperity." How right can a Lefty be? After the Clemson ambush, Maryland lost 69-66 to North Carolina, which went into a four-corner offense with 11:30 to go and held the Terps scoreless for the next nine minutes. The Tar Heels also beat Virginia 85-70 as 6'9" Mitch Kupchak grabbed 15 rebounds and sank 12 of 13 shots. Kupchak gave thanks to Bobby Jones, a Tar Heel last season and a Denver Nugget now, saying, "He showed me that a big man could be versatile." Carolina moved to the top of the ACC with a 4-1 record, ahead of N.C. State (3-1), Maryland (4-2) and Clemson (4-2), which also bopped Virginia 74-64. The Wolfpack won 106-80 over Wake Forest, which beat Duke 122-109.
La Salle kept winning, 89-72 over West Chester and 88-79 over Duquesne.