By scoring nine backdoor baskets and as many fast-break layups, Washington beat Seattle 85-58. Kim Stewart and Mike Neill teamed up for 39 points in that game and for 36 more as the Huskies defeated Wyoming 69-64. Seattle jolted Washington State 55-54, but State recovered to beat Humboldt State 64-53 and Eastern Montana 96-70. Oregon defeated Sacramento State 90-67. USC ended a two-game losing streak, winning 93-80 over New Mexico, which had averaged 116 points while taking its first four games. USC also beat Duke 87-81.
San Francisco had no trouble winning 99-78 at Stanford, but barely got past Cal-Santa Barbara at home. Up-and-down James Hardy, the Dons' moody frontcourt man, was sky-high against the Gauchos, especially in overtime when he scored all eight of his team's points in a 63-57 triumph.
Nevada-Las Vegas beat Pepperdine 117-90, but struggled to defeat San Diego State 101-95 and Tulsa 104-103 in double overtime. Two free throws by Earl Evans with 24 seconds left gave the Rebels a 104-101 edge over the Golden Hurricane. Willard Govain kept Las Vegas in the game with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
1. UCLA (4-1)
2. SAN FRANCISCO (4-1)
3. NEVADA LV (6-0)
Before the tipoff of Kentucky's game at Kansas there was a period of silence in honor of Adolph Rupp, the former Wildcat coach and Jayhawk player who was critically ill and who died later that night at the age of 76. From there on, there was plenty of noise in this matchup of the two teams with the most alltime victories—Kentucky had 1,191 and Kansas 1,145. Wildcats Jack Givens and Rick Robey were averaging a combined 47.5 points, and Kansas was scoring 105 points and making almost 15 steals a game. Those lofty averages all plunged: Givens and Robey had only 18 points, and the Jayhawks made just 10 steals while losing 73-66. The Wildcats got 15 points from Guard Kyle Macy and were far better at the foul line (19 of 23) than Kansas (10 of 20).
The Jayhawks picked up two earlier wins, beating Murray State 106-71 and Fairleigh Dickinson 88-54. Frustrated by Kansas' play and exasperated by a technical foul for "inciting the crowd," Jersey Devil Coach Al Lo-Balbo said, "Take away the 26 points Kansas got on steals, and it would have been a different game. Whose crowd? There wasn't a Fairleigh Dickinson rooter in the whole place. All I did was fall over my chair."
Curtis Redding sank 18 of 36 field-goal tries and 13 of 16 foul shots as Kansas State defeated Oral Roberts 75-64 and Vanderbilt 69-55.
Indiana State, ranked in both wire-service polls for the first time, stomped Central Michigan 93-77 and Evansville 102-76. Larry Bird of the Sycamores made 37 of 57 floor shots and scored 80 points.
After tearing apart Rockhurst 99-63, Arkansas won 64-53 at Oklahoma, despite being out-rebounded 34-32 and committing more turnovers (17) than the Sooners (14). Midway through the first half at Norman. Marvin Delph of the Razorbacks went out with an injured ankle and Sidney Moncrief with a dislocated finger. Delph did not return, but Moncrief did—and got 25 points.