Even though three of its best players were ill or injured, Cincinnati kept rolling, thanks to a hale and hearty Robert Miller. While Guard Steve Collier underwent examination for mononucleosis, Forward Mike Jones was sidelined with a hamstring pull and Guard Brian Williams was bothered by a sprained hand, 6'11" Center Miller scored 24 points and the Bearcats downed the Miami of Ohio Redskins 66-57. "They didn't seem like a ranked team to me," said Miami sophomore Archie Aldridge, ignoring Cincinnati's problems. "I'd like to play them again." No you wouldn't, Archie.
Louisville, taking on Murray State in the first of eight consecutive home games, trailed at halftime 31-28. But the final 20 minutes were an entirely different story, the Cardinals surging to a 78-59 victory. It was Coach Denny Crum's 100th win in a little more than four years at Louisville.
Missouri Captain Willie Smith, a 6'2" senior guard, scored 30 points in an 88-85 overtime win against Toledo. Smith rang up 40 more points as the host Tigers bounced Baylor 105-70 and Oklahoma City 85-68 to win the Show-Me Classic and remain unbeaten.
Drake defeated Iowa State 98-83, Bulldog Forward Ken Harris (21 points and 18 rebounds) outdueling the Cyclones' Hercle (Poison) Ivy, who scored 24 points but fouled out with 4:10 to play.
1. CINCINNATI (4-0)
2. LOUISVILLE (2-0)
Fan reaction around Los Angeles following UCLA's 20-point loss to Indiana has been heated, though not entirely unexpected considering what Bruin backers are accustomed to. " UCLA's basketball dynasty is deader than the proverbial mackerel," read one letter to Athletic Director J. D. Morgan. "We've had enough of you, J. D. Clean out your desk and don't forget to take Clean Gene with you." Morgan and Coach Gene Bartow must have felt like skipping town last Friday night when UCLA was barely ahead of San Jose State midway in the first half. But then Bartow sent in Brad Holland—the very good freshman guard he had decided not to take to the Indiana game—and Holland put the bomb back into the UCLA attack. He hit eight of 11 shots from far outside and scored 17 points in 30 minutes to key a 90-80 triumph. The next night Holland celebrated his 18th birthday by connecting on five of 10 field-goal attempts as the Bruins stopped Southern Illinois 81-60.
San Francisco's 6'11" Bill Cartwright has been slow getting accustomed to the college game, and the young Dons continue to look unimpressive, despite their perfect record. In a 49-44 victory over stalling Stanford, Cartwright took only one shot and did not score.
Rickie Hawthorne had 17 points and 5'9" freshman Guard Gene Ransom electrified California fans with a twisting layup over Idaho State's seven-foot Steve Hayes in the Golden Bears' 76-65 win. Washington (4-0) defeated Wyoming 76-69 and Nebraska 75-63 on the road.
Arizona State beat De Paul 74-67 in the finals of the Sun Devil Classic, after the Blue Demons had handed Memphis State its fourth straight loss (100-91) in the first round. Arizona edged NAIA power Midwestern ( Texas) 86-80, then defeated Idaho 88-82 and Northern Arizona 98-81 to maintain its 100-point scoring average.