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Basketball's Week
Kent Hannon
December 22, 1975
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December 22, 1975

Basketball's Week

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Two neighbors from Arlington Heights, Ill., DePaul Coach Ray Meyer and his prize sophomore, 6'11" Dave Corzine, particularly enjoyed a Blue Demons' 78-76 upset at Louisville. The win was Meyer's 513th—tops among active NCAA coaches—but it also marked one of the few times Corzine has dominated a first-class opponent. He put in 17 points, had 13 assists and blocked four shots to shut off Louisville's inside game. Another Chicago suburbanite, sophomore Joe Ponsetto, led DePaul's scorers with 28 points in an 83-72 victory over Drake.

Cincinnati defeated Biscayne 74-52 and Bowling Green 98-81, but Guard Hal Ward thinks the Bearcats picked up some bad habits during their summer tour of Australia. "We didn't have to play defense, and we took a lot of crazy shots," Ward says. "We're still taking them." Sophomore Center Robert Miller was a steadying influence with 42 points and 24 rebounds in the two games.

Kansas State's "Purple Pop Guns"—Guards Mike Evans and Chuckie Williams—combined for 41 points in a 71-61 defeat of Arizona. Their performances prompted losing Coach Fred Snowden to say, "Mike and Chuckie can play with anyone—at night, on the playground, barefoot—anytime." Missouri won its sixth straight 80-57 over South Dakota State behind Willie Smith's 30 points.

Oral Roberts got through what Coach Jerry Hale termed its "most crucial week ever" by defeating Murray State 90-58 at home and edging Tulsa 70-69 and previously unbeaten Southern Cal 83-80 on the road.

1. CINCINNATI (6-0)
2. LOUISVILLE (3-1)

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Notre Dame, the only team with a nationwide TV network all its own, brought relief to coaches throughout the country by telecasting its game at Indiana. Although the Hoosiers won 63-60, the Irish showed that Indiana is not as indestructible as it looked against UCLA. Notre Dame, which once trailed by 14 points, had a chance for an upset until IU Guard Quinn Buckner made two free throws with 11 seconds left. The Irish held Center Kent Benson scoreless for the first 26 minutes of the game and had an edge in field goals and rebounding. But cool floor play by Buckner, 25-point scoring by Forward Scott May and a 34-16 Hoosier advantage in free throw attempts enabled Indiana to pull out the victory.

Purdue was beaten by Providence 66-59, its second loss without Guard Bruce Parkinson, who may miss the rest of the season after breaking his wrist against Rutgers. His presence might have solved a San Diego State press that helped the Aztecs score the game's last 15 points and overtake the Boilermakers 81-79. Michigan Guard Rickey Green had 27 points in a 91-82 defeat of South Carolina and Center Phil Hubbard scored 19 in a 106-80 rout of Dayton.

After losing its two opening games for the first time since 1926, Kentucky beat Miami of Ohio 91-69. Forward Jack Givens scored 31 points and Center Rick Robey set a school record by connecting on 11 of 12 shots. Auburn squeezed past South Florida 79-78 behind Guard Eddie Johnson's 28 points and Alabama had four players in double figures in a 76-62 defeat of Middle Tennessee.

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