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Nobody, however, unsettled Nevada-Las Vegas, which racked up its ninth straight 100-point game by walloping Cal-Northridge 111-75. The Rebels then squeezed past Seattle 90-89 and stopped Iowa State 88-82.
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Everything was normally tumultuous in the Southeastern Conference. With Alabama coming to town, there was an unprecedented ticket demand at Auburn. Three students were hospitalized after being crunched when the doors opened two hours before the game. A state trooper stopped the Alabama team bus and asked, "Anybody got a ticket they'll sell?" Nobody did, just as no one did minutes earlier when a trucker pulled even with the bus and offered $50 for four $3 tickets. The game was equally frantic, the Tigers leading 38-27 at the half, then being held to 24 points thereafter as they lost 63-62. Leon Douglas had 19 points for the Crimson Tide. Five days earlier, Alabama limited Kentucky to 16 points in the second half as it came out on top 76-63.
Kentucky, now 0-3 in the SEC, also fell apart in the late stages against Tennessee after being up by 12 points with slightly more than five minutes to play. With less than 10 seconds to go and the score tied at 79, Bernard King of the Vols took an alley-oop pass, lost his balance, fell to the floor and, while almost flat on his back, threw in a one-handed "laydown" basket. Kentucky tied the game but with three starters having fouled out and Rick Robey injured, the Wildcats lost in overtime 90-88. King finished with 24 points and teammate Ernie Grunfeld had 43. That was enough to offset the 22 points the Wildcats got from Jack Givens and the 26 points and 28 rebounds amassed by Mike Phillips.
Indiana raced to a 16-2 advantage at Michigan, then held on for an 80-74 win. Hoosier Kent Benson sank 16 of 18 field-goal attempts and had 33 points. Benson had 22 points in a 78-61 defeat of Northwestern. In other Big Ten games, Terry Furlow pumped in 140 points as Michigan State won two of three games. And Wisconsin, down 49-27 in the first half, overhauled Ohio State 82-81 in overtime.
Marquette was taken for a ride, but not for long. After landing in Oklahoma City, the Warriors boarded a bus and were headed for Norman, the site of the University of Oklahoma, before they had a chance to inform the driver they were to play Oklahoma City U. Also having difficulty getting from Wisconsin to OCU were the Chiefs' modish new uniforms; ordered last summer, they arrived six hours before game time. It was the Warriors, however, who fashioned the victory, beating the Chiefs 71-60.