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Patience paid off for Texas Tech when it faced favored Kansas State at home. Slowly but surely the Raiders found chinks in the Wildcat zone, then calmly worked the ball inside to Rick Bullock, who poured in 32 points as Tech pulled off the week's biggest upset 66-58. The Raiders outrebounded the Wildcats 33-29 and held K-State's rapid-fire guards, Mike Evans and Chuckie Williams, to a total of 33 points.
Louisville's task at Memphis State seemed easier when Tiger star Dexter Reed was suspended indefinitely on the eve of the game after getting into a shouting-shoving match with Coach Wayne Yates. But State got 26 points from Bill Cook, zone-pressed the Cardinals into 26 turnovers and was behind by only a point with 1:53 to go. Then the Tigers threw the ball away three times, Phil Bond scored two breakaway layups and Louisville came out ahead 79-74. Foul trouble limited the Cards' Wesley Cox to 11 minutes of playing time, but his replacement, freshman Larry Williams, compensated by grabbing 14 rebounds.
Cincinnati, too, had to get along without a regular, leading rebounder Mike Jones, who had a hamstring pull. He was hardly missed against Cleveland State, as Center Bob Miller and Guard Steve Collier scored all their 42 points on field goals, Miller putting in 11 of 13 and Collier 10 of 16 as the Bearcats romped 98-65.
After his players missed 13 of 29 foul shots against Colorado, New Mexico Coach Norm Ellenberger said, "Instead of practicing free throws tomorrow I'm having their throats massaged. We just choked." Nevertheless, the Lobos put the noose around the Buffaloes' necks for a 78-75 victory.
It was tune-up time for most of the top teams as they toyed with soft-touch opponents. Although outclassed by Maryland, East Carolina had upset ambitions, and with 8:20 left in the first half trailed only 28-24. This did not please Terrapin Coach Lefty Driesell, who disbanded his heralded three-guard offense so he could bring in both his new big men. 6'10" Larry Gibson and 6'8" Lawrence Boston. With those two sweeping the boards, the Terps got their fast break going and spurted to a 64-41 halftime lead. When it was all over, Maryland was on top 127-84, Boston finishing with 17 rebounds and Gibson with 14. John Lucas had 24 points and Steve Sheppard, who sank 12 of 14 field-goal attempts, 28. "I see an opponent getting down and I jump on him," Sheppard said. "As soon as I see that fear in their face, my eyes light up. I saw that tonight. If a team is weak, we should take advantage of it because there are going to be times when we can't score, can't rebound, can't do anything."
Howard University got 30 points from Ellsworth Hart as it tried to surprise North Carolina. But Phil Ford set a Tar Heel record with 14 assists, Mitch Kupchak and Tom LaGarde combined for 44 points, and Carolina prevailed 115-75.
Austin Peay tripped Syracuse 93-83 in the opening round of the IPTAY Invitational at Clemson, S.C. Sammy Drummer had 25 points and Otis Howard 23 for the Governors. Clemson, with Tree Rollins stretching his limbs to pull in 22 rebounds, took its first-round game from Harvard 78-64. In the finale, the Governors squeezed past Clemson 87-81 in overtime with Guard Charlie Fish-back scoring 27 points.