After upsetting Wake Forest 63-58, Virginia nearly knocked off favored North Carolina. Forward Wally Walker had 34 points and Forward Marc Iavaroni 21 against the Tar Heels, but the Cavaliers bowed 85-82. UNC's Phil Ford poured in 27 points and expertly directed a four-corner delay offense during the closing minutes. North Carolina had earlier polished off Clemson 83-64.
North Carolina State coasted past Appalachian State 82-51, Kenny Carr getting 25 points and 14 rebounds, then almost was rocked by Rollins, a Division II team with a 9-2 record. The Tars got 33 points from Bruce Howland and led for half the game before succumbing 79-75, Carr again leading the way with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Maryland had trouble with George Washington despite a 51-33 halftime lead. The Colonials cut the score to 67-62 before the Terps pulled away to an 82-72 win.
Although Mark McAndrew did not score, he made his point as Providence held off Louisville 63-60. McAndrew, a forward shifted to guard for the game, played all 40 minutes without taking a shot, but limited Ricky Wilson to two points, 13 below his average.
It took just three seconds for Phil Sellers to sink his first field goal against Fordham, making him the second Rutgers player ever to score 2,000 points during his career. Sellers finished with 21 as the unbeaten Scarlet Knights won 93-55.
Princeton's defense was unrelenting, the Tigers stopping William and Mary (64-43) and throttling Ivy League opponents Harvard (62-57) and Dartmouth (59-38).
1. RUTGERS (11-0)
2. WAKE FOREST (11-1)
The alphabet teams—UCLA and USC—were far from letter perfect as they traveled along the Oregon trail. Oregon State's harassing defense was at its best as the Beavers beat USC 80-70 and UCLA 75-58. In the astonishingly easy upset of the Bruins, Oregon State held UCLA to 20 points in the first half and took a 13-point lead. For the game, State shot .564 and got 20 points from Center Lonnie Shelton. The Bruins barely salvaged another Pacific Eight game when they held off Oregon 62-61. USC, despite 30 points from Marv Safford, lost to the Ducks 77-72. Oregon's Kamikaze Kids were led by Greg Ballard, who had 22 points.
Washington tied Oregon State for the league lead by using sustained scoring outbursts to win twice. Ahead of California 29-28, the Huskies went on a 10-minute 25-point spree during which Lars Hansen and James Edwards combined for 17. That put Washington on top 54-42 and on the way to a 76-56 win. Trailing Stanford 33-26, the Huskies opened the second half by outscoring the Cardinals 22-5 and won 87-81.