Alabama Center Leon Douglas, who in recent weeks has suffered a bruised eye, cheek and elbow, likened the on-court infighting to war. "I thought there were snipers out there the way elbows were flying past my head," Douglas said after the Tide beat Mississippi 78-70 and Mississippi State 65-61. Douglas did some sniping himself, riddling the basket for 57 points, and latched onto 31 rebounds. He was at his best when he rallied Alabama from nine points back late in the State game, the 10th time the Tide has won after trailing in the second half. Alabama's efforts pushed it a game ahead of Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference. The Volunteers were shocked 73-72 by Auburn, whose Eddie Johnson sent the game into overtime with a 15-foot jumper with six seconds left and won it on three foul shots in the last 10 seconds. Tennessee then decked Mississippi 105-81.
For the third and fourth times in five outings Indiana trailed at halftime, 39-35 at Purdue and 39-38 against Minnesota. But the Hoosiers came back to stop the Boilermakers 74-71 as Scott May scored 20 points in the second half. Indiana's Tom Abernethy hurt Minnesota with 22 points, but what may have impaired the Gophers' upset hopes most was that Ray Williams, who scored 16 points in the first half, twisted an ankle and got just two more thereafter.
Two surprises were registered by DePaul: 73-65 over Virginia Tech and 70-60 over Cincinnati. The Cincinnati game featured a matchup of potent centers, DePaul's 6'11" Dave Corzine (28 points, 12 rebounds) and Cincy's 6'10" Bob Miller (22 points, 22 rebounds). Earlier, Cincinnati beat Xavier 81-74 and DePaul lost at Marquette 64-53. The Warriors also downed Tulane 75-63.
1. INDIANA (23-0)
2. MARQUETTE (22-1)