Indiana rooters are certainly not fed up with their team, but they are becoming fed up because of it. Aware that two local McDonald's offer free hamburgers and French fries when the Hoosiers limit a foe to fewer than 50 points, fans screamed, "Burgers! Burgers! Burgers!" during a game against Michigan. The Wolverines' famine (they lost 74-48, their lowest point total in 14 years) led to a feed for more than 5,000 Hoosier rooters. Later in the week Scott May had 23 points and 17 rebounds as Indiana fattened up on Iowa 79-56, even if its fans did not.
A few hours before facing Auburn, Tennessee officials decided to bench their team's lop scorer, Bernard King, pending an investigation of changes made in his high school transcript. Auburn, too, was minus its No. 1 point-getter, Eddie Johnson, who had a bum ankle. But Auburn got 14 points from both Dan Cox, who had scored just two points all season, and from Wayne Bracy, a freshman guard starting his first game. That was enough to shade the Volunteers 62-59. Later found blameless, King returned to action against Alabama. But he had an off night (14 points), and the Tide rolled 71-65. Alabama, which also bopped Vanderbilt 86-72, thus remained tied for the Southeastern Conference lead with Kentucky. LSU, a loser by 35 points at Lexington last month, fell 77-76 to the Wildcats at Baton Rouge. Glenn Hansen of LSU, who did not play against Kentucky the first time because he was ailing, almost made winners of the Tigers by scoring 28 points. In four games since recuperating from early-season miseries (influenza, a cracked rib, a bruised neck and a broken nose), Hansen has had 120 points. Later, Kentucky beat Georgia 75-61.
Michigan State bumped Notre Dame 76-73 despite 31 points by Adrian Dantley. Next time out Dantley was held to 10, but Don Williams (16) and Bill Paterno (14) found just enough cracks in South Carolina's zone to have Irish eyes smiling again with a 66-65 overtime victory.
"It was like a butcher shop out there at times," said Marquette Coach Al McGuire after a 69-63 win at Wisconsin. Bo Ellis of the Warriors, off form in the first half, put on a fine second-half performance. Ellis finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds and limited Dale Koehler, who had 38 points in his previous outing, to 14 points, just three in the second half. Marquette then beat Xavier 78-55.
"Gr. Valley St."—that's the way a Detroit opponent was listed in the NCAA Guide. One wag wondered, "Does Gr. stand for Great, Green, Greek, Group or Grass?" Well, it stands for Grand, the school is in Allendale, Mich. and the Lakers had a 15-5 record. Titan Coach Dick Vitale knew already: "They average 90 points a game, and we scouted them three times." Detroit went out and had a gr. time, winning 101-74.
Centenary, which earlier this season beat Dartmouth by 36 points and Texas by 25, rambled past Northwestern Louisiana 101-81 as Robert Parish collected 27 points and 21 rebounds. That made the Gents 18-3, with their three losses coming by a total of five points.
1. INDIANA (22-0)
2. KENTUCKY (17-2)
A shot in the back gave North Carolina a shot in the arm. Center Mitch Kupchak was expected to be bedridden for two days after being injected with a steroid to relieve his aches, but he felt so well that he played the next day and had 16 points and 13 rebounds in a 79-72 win over stubborn South Florida. Kupchak added 41 more points as the Tar Heels disposed of Furman 86-81 and Georgia Tech 111-81. David Thompson amassed 105 points as North Carolina State eased past Clemson 92-89, Georgia Tech 101-66 and Furman 102-87. Maryland beat Virginia 86-79, Fordham 65-46 and Duke 104-80, becoming the first visiting team lo go over the century mark in 35 years of basketball at Durham's Cameron Indoor Stadium.