Three other Southeastern Conference teams were also impressive winners. Louisiana State beat Tulane 109-85 at home as DeWayne Scales had 31 points and 14 rebounds. Playing at Tulane, the Tigers got 30 points from AI Green and won again, this time 98-88. In between defeating Southern Mississippi 87-78 and Middle Tennessee 85-50, Mississippi State faced its first major test at Memphis State. The Bulldogs handed the Tigers their worst setback, 93-64, in the 15-year history of the Mid-South Coliseum as Wiley Peck had 22 points and 24 rebounds. Auburn, using a zone all the way, upset Iona 74-66 as Earl Banks scored 20 points.
Illinois disposed of Missouri 69-57, South Carolina 64-57 and Centenary 86-60 to run its record to 6-0, its best start since 1971-72.
Cal State, Fullerton gave Michigan State a scare. The Spartans led by 18 with 9:17 left, only to have the Titans hit 16 of their next 19 shots and pull to within three points. But Terry Donnelly sank four free throws in the last 18 seconds, and the Spartans won 92-89. Fullerton lost despite 27 points by Calvin Roberts and despite holding Earvin Johnson to a career low of five points. Gregory Kelser led Michigan State with 27 points, and Johnson had 11 assists.
Notre Dame clobbered Rice 105-61 and Northwestern 101-57 before going West to take on UCLA (page 20).
1. NOTRE DAME (4-0)
2. MICHIGAN STATE (2-0)
3. LSU (5-0)