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"It was so exciting I used six pieces of bubble gum, and I had to revive Coach Sanderson," said reserve Keith McCord of Alabama. While McCord bubbled and Assistant Wimp Sanderson chewed a hole in a towel, the Tide virtually clinched Southeastern honors by outlasting Tennessee 93-90 in a game that had three last-second shots. Mike Jackson of the Vols sent the game into overtime. Greg McElveen saved it for the Tide in the first extra period and Rickey Brown won it in the second overtime. Tennessee committed two fouls—one a technical—in that last second, leading to Alabama's final points.
"I was in a mental war with myself," said Indiana's Quinn Buckner as he spoke about his poor shooting this season. Buckner declared war on Iowa, hitting on 12 of 19 shots in a 101-81 triumph. In a 96-67 conquest of Wisconsin it was Scott May who did the firing, scoring 41 points as Indiana locked up the Big Ten title.
Coaches thrive on pet phrases or words to sum up the mystical key to victory. The current favorite is "intensity," coaches reasoning that if their players have that they will establish "momentum," which leads to "supremacy." Intensity is something Oregon revs up even before game time, several Ducks standing at midcourt during warmups and just staring at opponents. Before the opening tipoff against Washington, though, the Ducks were taken aback when six Huskies donned Groucho Marx masks and stared back. Washington won 67-62 and then faced Oregon State, which had built up lots of intensity of its own by whipping Washington State 69-55 without Center Lonnie Shelton; a court upheld a ruling that he was ineligible because he had signed a pro contract (he later changed his mind) last summer. What riled up the Beavers was Huskie Coach Marv Harshman's statement that the Pac-8 should have forced State to forfeit its conference wins. Using a no-post, full-spread offense to draw the taller Huskies away from the basket, the Beavers came out on top 73-64. What else could Harshman say except, " Oregon State played with a lot of intensity."
So did UCLA, which woke up after a humbling 20-point loss to Oregon the week before. The Bruins clobbered California 113-93, Marques Johnson sinking all his shots, 11 from the floor and five from the foul line. UCLA then trampled Stanford 120-74, leaving losing Coach Dick DiBiaso as helpless as he was several weeks ago when his automobile got stuck in a car wash.
With its No. 1 fan, 396-pound George (Bang the Drum Quickly) Kalil, whacking his bass drum, Arizona took command of the Western AC. A league rule will prohibit such nonschool instruments next season, but last week Kalil's booming drum resounded as the Wildcats won 74-66 at Wyoming and 78-72 at Colorado State. Texas-El Paso moved into second place by beating Utah 81-71 and BYU 51-50 on a 16-foot jumper by Jake Poole in the waning moments.
"I was hoping for an upset, not an upset stomach," said Pepperdine Coach Gary Col son after scouting San Francisco's 111-77 blitzing of Loyola. The Waves, who face the Dons Saturday for the West Coast AC title, beat Santa Clara 91-88 in double overtime.