"The key to the game was I got a haircut," said—who else?—Marquette's Al McGuire after his Warriors managed their first impressive performance of the season, an 80-59 defeat of Drake. Reason? "The players listen to me more since I don't look so wild."
1. INDIANA (3-0)
2. MARQUETTE (3-0)
Rutgers and St. John's enjoyed exceptional weeks. The Scarlet Knights took on three teams—Boston College, Penn and Connecticut—whose combined records were 62-24 last year. Result? None came within a dozen points of them. Rutgers is probably the fastest team in the country and has five players capable of scoring 20 points in any game. A peek at the Knights' schedule reveals they already have played—and beaten—their best opponents. An undefeated regular-season record would not be surprising.
BERN, ERN & IRV—YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE LEFT HOME read one of the signs welcoming transplanted New Yorkers Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld and Irv Chatman back to the Big Apple for Tennessee's game with St. John's. When the Redmen finished with the Vols, the Tennessee threesome must have been ready to agree. In a 79-70 St. John's victory, outside shooting by Glen Williams, George Johnson and Beaver Smith cut Tennessee's zone defense to ribbons, and hustling defense stopped the Vols' fast break and held Grunfeld to only six baskets in 17 attempts. Chatman, a freshman, seemed lost during a brief appearance as a sub. But King was excellent as usual, scoring 24 points and collecting 17 rebounds. St. John's continued winning at the Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah. The Redmen beat Tulsa 78-62 and took the title game over host Brigham Young 78-65 as 5'10" Guard Frank Alagia was the unanimous choice for MVP.
North Carolina smashed Kentucky 90-77 and, at one point, Tar Heel Coach Dean Smith came off the bench for a fist-shaking, jaw-to-jaw confrontation with the Wildcats' mild-mannered Joe Hall. Three men fouled out on each side in a game that Carolina Center Mitch Kupchak said "ranks right up there in roughness with the one we played with the Russians." Maryland crushed Boston U. 122-82 and Georgia Tech 93-65.
North Carolina State, which plays nine of its first 13 games at home and four others on a "neutral" court in Greensboro, N.C., took its fourth straight 109-94 over Western Carolina as Forward Kenny Carr upped his scoring average to 29.3.
Villanova snapped Princeton's 16-game winning streak, the longest among major college teams, 51-49.
1. MARYLAND (5-0)
2. NO. CAROLINA (4-0)