Louisville's Ricky Gallon is turning out to be a quart, at best. The 6'11" junior was locked out of practice this fall for not going to class, and from the manner in which he performed last week, Coach Denny Crum probably wishes he had kept him out. Gallon played inconsistently in the Cards' 81-76 overtime win at Vanderbilt, then provided only four points and four rebounds as Syracuse upset Louisville 76-75 before a record opening-game crowd of 16,332 in Freedom Hall. Indeed, Gallon was so unintimidating that Crum may be the only coach in America who can replace a near 7-footer with a 6'3" player—Darrell Griffith, the freshman everybody had come out to see—and pick up an edge in "size." Griffith, a great leaper from Louisville's Male High, gave the locals 11 points and several eye-opening moves in his home debut, but missed a jumper in the last three seconds that would have made it a night to remember. Forward Marty Byrnes led a balanced Syracuse attack with 17 points, while Wesley Cox put in 29 points for the losers.
The University of Cincinnati's early-season schedule is scarcely testing. Yet after the Bearcats had blasted three of their helpless opponents by 36, 68 and 34 points, Coach Gale Catlett had the temerity to blame the sparse crowds (average: 5,758) at the 17,000-seat Riverfront Coliseum on bad weather. "If I was a fan, I don't know if I would have come out," he said. For the record, Cincy's victims were Akron (95-59), Wright State (120-52) and South Florida (103-69). The Bearcat heroes were Guard Steve Collier, who tallied 22 points against Akron; running mate Gary Yoder, who sank seven of seven from the floor against Wright State; and Freshman Eddie Lee from Queens, N.Y., whose 20 points sank South Florida.
Host Missouri won the Show Me Classic for the fourth year in a row by beating Illinois 76-75 and North Texas State 97-84. Creighton got by Drake 81-80 and defeated Montana 74-65. Oral Roberts clobbered neighbor Tulsa 106-62 and Abilene Christian 88-63. Southern Illinois dismantled a couple of outclassed opponents, destroying William Jewell 73-60 and Missouri- Kansas City 96-78, as sharpshooter Mike Glenn warmed up with 19-and 16-point nights.
1. CINCINNATI (3-0)
2. LOUISVILLE (1-1)
3. SO. ILLINOIS (3-0)
The Big Ten is very big on its basketball these days, having placed two conference teams in the NCAA finals last year. However, Toledo and Miami of Ohio put a couple of shiners on two of the Big Ten's best. In Oxford, Ohio on Monday night, Miami Guard John Shoemaker's two late baskets stopped Purdue 69-67. But that was nothing to the furor in Toledo two nights later when the Rockets threw up an Indiana-like defensive net around Kent Benson & Co. and upset the Hoosiers 59-57 before 9,662 screaming partisans at the dedication game of the new Toledo arena.
The player who really put the tourniquet around IU's neck, halting its regular-season winning streak at 58 games, was a man after Bobby Knight's own heart, 6'2" non-letter-man Jeff Seemann, who scored nary a point but received the game ball for his scrappy defense. It was Seemann who pressured Knight's guards and made it difficult for them to get the ball to Benson. Once he got the ball Kent made only five of 22 shots from the floor and scored 17 hard-earned points. Stan Joplin topped Toledo with 21 points.
For Knight, who steamed afterward, "We got outhustled...and I do not like getting out-hustled," the moral was clear: never invite an enemy into your own camp. Toledo Coach Bob Nichols traveled to Bloomington two years ago and spent several days with Knight watching IU practices, studying films and discussing coaching philosophies.
Purdue bounced back from an 0-2 start to beat Butler 77-56 and win at Providence 68-62 in overtime. Guard Eugene Parker hit a basket to tie the Friars and added six more points in overtime to even the Boilermakers' record. Freshman Center Joe Barry Carroll, a 6'11" reserve from Colorado, totaled 33 rebounds in the three games. While all this was going on, top-rated Michigan was taking a physical beating from one of Dick Harter's Oregon disciples, Dick Stewart, now the coach at Fordham. The Rams shoved, grabbed, held, tripped and even lost a man when freshman Tom Kavanagh low-bridged Wolverine Guard Steve Grote who was driving for an unmolested layup. Kavanagh was ejected from the game, and three teammates later fouled out. In the end it was Michigan 78-57, but Coach Johnny Orr was fuming. "When you tackle guys going to the basket, that's not physical," he said. "That upsets me. My guys aren't exactly patty-cakes either. I'm surprised Grote didn't pop that guy."