Overshadowing Indiana's 83-82 win over Purdue, which clinched the Big Ten title, was the loss of Scott May, the Hoosiers' No. 1 scorer. May fractured his left arm early in the contest and he is expected to be out three to six weeks. Three weeks would be all right for Indiana, which begins NCAA tournament play on March 15, but six weeks could be disastrous, since the tourney would be over. With May out of the lineup, Steve Green sparked the Hoosiers to their first win at Purdue since 1963 by scoring 29 points. He sank 13 of 15 shots, hardly touching the rim the whole time. In its first game of the week, Indiana paddled Wisconsin 93-58.
Bill Robinzine and Dave Corzine. The names of these DePaul players are sheer poetry, especially to Blue Demon fans after DePaul upset Notre Dame 75-70. Robinzine scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds; Corzine's totals were 13 and 18. DePaul's 2-1-2 zone was also a vital factor, helping to limit Adrian Dantley to 19 points.
Bo Ellis scored 24 points as Marquette beat Butler 77-55. He had 19 more in a 68-65 decision over South Carolina that gave the Warriors their ninth straight 20-win season.
Utah State journeyed south and ran its winning streak to 13 by bopping New Orleans 96-90. But then the Aggies were shocked 94-87 by Southern Mississippi, which had lost to Pan American 97-78.
1. INDIANA (26-0)
2. KENTUCKY (20-3)
North Carolina State's David Thompson was noticed mostly by his absence against Clemson. With Thompson fouling out after playing only 15:59 and scoring 15 points, the Wolfpack folded, lost 92-70 and fell into a tie with the Tigers for second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Freshman Guard Skip Wise popped in 30 points for Clemson. Earlier, State had toppled Duke 92-78. The Wolf-pack's split, plus Maryland's 70-51 conquest of Virginia, solidified the Terps' grasp on first place and prompted them to celebrate their victory over the Cavaliers with a postgame water-pistol shoot-out.
Before the season, Virginia Coach Terry Holland said, "If we ever get in a position where I have a freshman at the foul line with a chance to win the game, I'd want him to be Dave Koesters." Against North Carolina, Holland got his wish. Koesters made three free throws in the last 15 seconds and the Cavaliers knocked the Tar Heels out of the ACC race 65-62.
Marquette Coach Al McGuire and a Madison Square Garden fan both let Fordham know their feelings during a game won by the Warriors 101-64. "What's that about a palsy schedule we play?" yelled McGuire at the Ram bench in retaliation to a reputed comment by Fordham Coach Hal Wissel. Then the rooter added his reaction to the debacle by tossing a large striped bass on the court.